3 Things You Need to Know Before Bringing a Puppy Home
Congratulations on your new puppy! You have made a great decision and are about to embark on an amazing journey. All puppies need love, attention, and training in order to grow into well-adjusted dogs. Before you bring your new furry friend home for the first time, there are three things that you should know: what type of breed do I want? How much is this going to cost me? And how much time will I need to invest each day?
What type of breed do I want?
Puppies can come in all shapes and sizes. Some breeds, such as those with large litters or little space to exercise, grow at a slower rate than others. If you're looking for an energetic pup that won't be too big when fully grown, pick one from the larger-breed category. If you're not sure which type of puppy to get, read up on different breeds until you know what best suits your lifestyle and personality as well as the physical space in your home . For example, living in an apartment , but wanting a big dog? Think twice. You would be better off with a small-breed dog such as a Poodle or a Yorkie.
How much is this going to cost me?
Puppies are expensive! In addition to an adoption fee or purchase price, there are many other costs to consider. First and foremost, you'll need a crate for your new furry family member. If it's not already part of the package, this will cost around $100 - $200 as well as food (roughly $60 per month) and miscellaneous supplies like toys ($20), leashes/collars ($50-$150), etc
The costs of owning a puppy are often underestimated. But if you're committed, the rewards will be worth it! There's food and supplies for your pup that have to last weeks or months; vet visits every six months or so; training classes once he or she is grown up enough (usually starting at about four-months old); regular grooming appointments as well as occasional haircuts ; boarding when you go out of town; pet insurance in case something happens like an illness, injury, etc.; plus all the time and patience required with raising a new animal . Puppies need tons of exercise and attention—they require lots of care and responsibility from day one.
How much time will I need to invest each day?
The amount of time needed is largely dependent on how active their breed-type personality dictates they should be in order to stay healthy and happy. Reading up about different breeds can help determine which ones might require more or less exercise than others so that you're prepared before bringing them home!
Puppies grow quickly and need to be fed three times each day—a task which can take up to an hour with some breeds, while others eat more slowly . Expect your pup to spend most of their time eating for the first six months. Some people prefer not to deal with this much responsibility all at once so they wait until their dog is older before bringing them home from the shelter. If you're looking for someone who will get lots of attention but won't require as much work, choose a puppy over five months old that has been well-socialized by previous owners in different situations such as being around children and other animals. The best way to socialize puppies is through positive experiences like playing with other puppies and meeting new people.