Is It A Good Time To Get A Puppy?
The answer to the question is yes, but not necessarily for everyone. If you are looking for a puppy because you want one now or even next year then you might be better off waiting until your finances allow it. However if you have been considering getting a pet in general and are willing to put some money aside first, then buying a puppy may be worth it.
If you are thinking about getting a puppy because you think they will make great companions for your family, then there is no need to rush into making any decisions. You don’t want to wait too long before deciding whether or not you should go ahead with purchasing one. There are many factors that could affect your decision such as:
Your budget – How much do you want to spend on a new pet? Are you willing to pay a premium price for something that will require more attention than you would like? Do you plan on keeping the animal forever or just until its death? Will you be able to afford care for the animal when it dies? What kind of financial situation do you currently live in and how does it compare with your future financial status?
The age of your children – If you have young children, puppies are not the best pet for you. You have enough on your hands keeping up with them without also having to take care of a curious bundle of fur that will most likely leave toys and other assorted things scattered around the house. The best age for a dog to have in the home is when all of your children are at least pre-teens. They are old enough to understand the responsibilities of pet ownership, but still young enough to have the patience to deal with a puppy’s antics.
The size of your home – If you live in a small apartment or other type of residence that does not allow animals, then you might want to reconsider getting a pet altogether. The only exception would be a tankful of tropical fish. Pets, specially dogs, require a lot of attention.
They get very lonely and distressed if they are left alone for excessively long periods of time. Even if you have a dog that will spend most of the day outdoors, it will still be running back and forth through your home at all times of the day. The bigger the space they have to run around in, the happier they will be.
Your personal preference – Do you like big dogs or small dogs? Do you want one that sheds a lot or one that hardly sheds at all? Do you want a dog that barks a lot or one that is more on the quiet side? Do you want a high-energy dog or one that is more laid back? Do you want an independent dog or one that likes to be around people most of the time?
These are all questions that need to be answered before deciding what kind of dog you would like to have as a pet.
If you are considering buying a puppy, there are some things to take into consideration before laying down your hard earned money.
Where do you buy your dog?
– Buying from a pet store might seem like an easy way to go if you don’t have the time to search for a better alternative, but this could end up being a big mistake. The reason being is because pet stores primarily get their puppies from puppy mills.
If you do decide to buy a dog from a breeder, there are some things that you should look for when choosing the right one. Reputable breeders will:
Have a clean premises.
Expect you to ask them lots of questions about the dogs and the breed in general.
Be able to provide you with the details of the dogs lineage.
Offer you information on training, grooming, nutrition, and health care for your dog.
Be willing to help you after you take your dog home.
Ask you questions about your lifestyle and family to make sure that a puppy from their breed would be a good match for you.
Have many different dogs of the same breed, all of whom seem to be cared for in a healthy manner.
Puppies should be interactive with people as well as other dogs.
Puppies should not have any signs of illness or improper socialization.
Look into the history and reputations of the breeder you are considering buying from. Ask to see health clearances for the parents of your puppy and check them out! No matter how nice a breeder is if they are selling puppies from parents with health problems, they are not good breeders.
How do you know when a puppy is right for you?
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