Ahh look at this adorable picture of Gus! Don’t let his adorable face fool you, he keeps us on our toes! Before getting a dog we had to ask ourselves, is a puppy for us? When I first decided I wanted a dog, our schedules were not flexible enough to have time at home often to take care of a puppy. Puppies are a lot of work! You have to potty train them, feed them, walk them and bathe them. It’s the precursor to having a child-just not as expensive! So how do you tell if you are absolutely ready for a dog. Here are a few things you can ask yourself:
- Am I willing to get up early each morning to take the dog outside? Gus gets us up between 6:30-7am every day to go potty and eat his breakfast. Be prepared to get up with your pup so he can do his business.
- Do I have the financial stability to commit to a puppy? Having worked at a vet hospital, I saw a lot of clients who couldn’t afford their pet’s vet bill especially if there was an emergency. Have some money in savings for emergencies because they CAN happen. Also keep an emergency vet clinic number in your phone in case something happens to your puppy after hours.
- Can I dedicate the time to walk and play with my puppy? Puppies are very playful and the more activity they have the less likely they are to get into things they shouldn’t be getting into. We try to walk Gus every day and if we can’t get a walk in we allot some play time inside so her can stay active. Activity can keep your dog from gaining weight and remain healthy as they grow up.
- Will it conflict with traveling? Since I work full-time, the only traveling I do if any is on the weekend to visit family. We usually bring Gus with us and he does very well on the car rides since we started him off early. But if you are someone who travels a lot for work, think twice about getting a puppy.
- Am I ready to have a loving, caring and playful pup? Getting Gus was a big decision for us. We got him 2 months before we got married and he was the perfect distraction from stressing out about wedding plans. We made sure to start his training at 3 months which helped us keep him entertained and busy while learning the proper puppy etiquette in our house. Nothing beats coming home after a long and tiring day at work to see my Boston Terrier wagging his butt because he has no tail and jumping up with excitement that I am home.
Dogs are great companions and if you decide to get a dog, do a little research prior. Learn more and get familiar with becoming a puppy parent! It’s a lot of work but so worth it to raise a puppy so that he may one day be a well-behaved and loving dog!
Thinking about getting a dog? Do your research! Each breed is different and may require their own unique attention to training.