If you and your family have decided to get a puppy, here are a few tips to help you before you bring your new fur friend home:
1. Before you even decide on which breed you would like, it’s important to think about what kind of dog would suit your lifestyle. For example, if you live in a small apartment, or don’t like exercising, it’s probably not a good idea to get a very active dog that has a lot of energy! Ensuring you get a dog that suits your lifestyle will avoid many problems later on for both you and your puppy!
2. Do lots of research to ensure that you get your puppy from a good, responsible breeder. If the breed you have chosen is predisposed to certain health conditions, it’s important to ensure that the breeder has done all the necessary health tests and that they are breeding from healthy dogs. It’s also very important that you meet your puppy’s mum to make sure that she is in good health, and interacts well with her puppies and with people. Puppies should also stay with their mum until they are 8 weeks old.
3. Sign your puppy up for puppy school classes. Not only will your puppy learn basic commands, but it is also a great opportunity for your puppy to interact with other puppies! Your puppy school trainer will also give you a lot of invaluable tips and tricks to help you care for your puppy, including tips for toilet training, walking on the lead and providing enrichment.
4. It can be very tempting to do so, but avoid getting two puppies at the same time or two puppies from the same litter. It’s hard enough to dedicate the necessary time to one puppy, let alone two! There are also many problems associated with getting two puppies at the same time, including separation anxiety.
5. Finally, puppies are wonderful and become an irreplaceable part of your family, but they are a lot of work!! There are often many sleepless nights and midnight toilet trips, so make sure you get your puppy when you have the time to dedicate to it, especially for the first few weeks that they are home.