Things to consider before adopting a puppy

You've decided to adopt a puppy, congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life, but remember not to lose sight of the important things. Depending on which breed of puppy you get, you are signing up for an 8-15 year commitment on average. It's very important to make sure the puppy you choose will be a perfect match for your household and lifestyle. 

While it's true that not every dog will conform to their breed standard, (I happen to own a very lazy Doberman.) It's still a good idea to consider what the breed you have in mind was bred for in the first place and what that might mean for you as their parent and trainer, for example:

  • How do you feel about a puppy that loves to follow after you and nip at your heels? 

  • Are you willing and able to meet the physical demands of active breeds such as Pit Bulls, German shepherds, Labradors, Huskies, etc?

  • How would you meet the needs of a terrier who was put on this earth to dig holes and go after subterranean creatures like rabbits and gofers?  -- How attached are you to your garden?

  • How do you feel about getting a puppy who was bred to have an independent personality who may at times stubbornly ignore your training? (Huskies, Malamutes, Akitas, Ridgebacks, Hounds etc.)

  • How deep are your pockets? Can you reasonably spend $200-$500 on average for emergency care?

  • Will your adopted puppy already be spayed/neutered? If not, are you willing to spend an average of $100-$500 to have your puppy fixed? 

  • How will you be training your puppy? Are you willing to hire a dog trainer if things get out of hand?

  • How much money can you afford to spend monthly to feed your dog? Consider that the larger the dog is, the more food they'll need.  

  • Are you aware that puppies in training require a potty break every hour and constant supervision? If you work full time, this might not be a good fit for your lifestyle. Consider adopting an older pup who needs a loving home! 

It's especially important to consider all of these questions if you'll be a first-time puppy owner, but wait, there's more! On top of all that, you need to realistically identify how much time you will have to devote to spending time with your dog. If you're working full time and come home tired, you may not feel like taking your pup for a run in the evenings. Perhaps a large, active breed is not for you, yes I know they're so cute, but picking a puppy based on the cute meter will almost always get you in trouble. 

Where will your puppy spend the day and where will they sleep at night? Remember that dogs are pack animals, as their new adoptive family, you are their pack! For this reason, you should never make your dog an "outside dog" or leave them outside all day while you're at work.  They need to be safely contained in the house when you're not home and they need to be spending time with you when you are home. Besides, dogs that are left outside unsupervised will get bored, learn to bark all day, may develop barrier frustration, may destroy your yard by digging holes, and may even dig under the fence or hop over it and escape -- yes even if you have a 6-foot fence. 

All this and we're really only just scratching the surface. Below you'll find an eBook with even more things to think about and very helpful advice before you take the leap and adopt a puppy. I highly recommend you read through it, you'll be glad you did! It's also completely free to download, no personal info needed. Just click the little down arrow on the top right of the PDF viewer below and the eBook is yours!

The eBook features the following important topics:

  • Puppy Developmental deadlines

  • Puppy Education for Humans

  • Error-free Potty  and house training (yeah, seriously, it works!!)

  • How to evaluate your puppy's progress