You’re thinking about taking the plunge and adopting a wriggly bundle of joy, otherwise known as a puppy. Before you do, here are a few things to consider.
You’ll also want to consider how well caring for a puppy will fit into your lifestyle. Puppies are generally pretty rambunctious and require a lot of attention, playtime and exercise. If you’re exhausted at the end of your workday and just want to take a relaxing walk, you might want to think about adopting a more mature dog. On the other hand, a puppy could be perfect for you if you have a sedentary job and energy to burn.
- Different types of people, including male and female, young and old, tall and short, loud and quiet
- People wearing hats, glasses or sunglasses, helmets, coats or capes with hoods up, gloves and masks
- Household items and sounds, such as the sound and movement of the vacuum cleaner and other electrical appliances
- Handling and grooming, including touching of all the puppy’s body parts
- Car rides, so he’ll be a good traveler from an early age
- Walks in the neighborhood or to the park
Before adopting a puppy, you’ll want to make sure the other human members of your household are enthusiastic about the decision and understand the commitment involved. One of the keys to successful training is consistency, so everyone in the house must work with the puppy in the same way. If you have young children, you’ll need to monitor them when they’re interacting with the puppy to ensure the safety of both them and the dog, and to prevent them from teaching the puppy bad habits.
For more information about raising a puppy, Best Friends animal behavior consultant Sherry Woodard recommends “Before You Get Your Puppy” and “After You Get Your Puppy” by Ian Dunbar and “The Puppy Primer” by Patricia McConnell and Brenda Scidmore.
Information from BestFriends.org