Buying a new puppy is a big commitment. Before purchasing a new puppy you should be sure that you have plenty of time to devote to your new family member, that you have puppy-proofed your home, bought all the necessary puppy supplies, and have plenty of energy to play with your new baby.
Having a new puppy in the home is almost like having a second job or a new baby. We recommend a small dog crate to provide a secure place for your puppy to rest and sleep. It’s also useful for housebreaking. Puppies have small bladders and will require going out frequently or you can use puppy pads until they have all their vaccinations. Also, you may want to start getting them used to a playtime schedule so you can wear the pup out and make sure he/she sleeps through the night. As young puppies, they should be fed 3-4 times per day, but you can consult your Vet about their diet.
Do you work outside of the home? Taking a new puppy away from its brothers and sisters and leaving them alone for several hours at a time is not good. They will most likely have a mess in their crate by the time you get back home. Isolation distress in dogs is very common and something we want to avoid in the placement of our puppies. Making accommodations for someone to take care of or check on your new baby while you are at work is a good idea for at least the first few months.
Preparing your home
Many apartment complexes and landlords do not allow any Bully Breeds. We prefer our clients to be in a house with a nice size back yard to provide plenty of space for your new pup to play and exercise. Owning your home or checking with your landlord before the purchase is a must so that we can be sure that you won’t be in a position to have to re-home your new puppy due to unforeseen issues with a landlord or apartment complex. Careful consideration should go into preparing for your new puppy. There are many things to think about before making a decision if a puppy is right for you. You should have a nice sized yard that is safe and provides plenty of room for your puppy to exercise as he/she grows. If you don’t have a yard, you may need to take your dog for walks and to parks to play when they become old enough and after they’ve had all 4 Rounds of Vaccines. Also, you may need to prepare a specific space for your new puppy. Puppies tend to have accidents; not having a crate or puppy pen from day one makes house training harder on you and your pup. House rules and routines are especially important if there is more than one person in the house. Consistency goes a long way in successfully training your puppy.
Keeping up with your pup
Just like small children, puppies have a ton of energy and tend to get into things. Devoting adequate time to playing with and exercising your puppy also goes a long way in training your pup. If you wear your dog out playing they are less likely to get into things in the home and are more likely to sleep through the night. Ask yourself if you have enough time and energy to keep up with a young, new puppy? Also, potty training, feeding, and caring for a pet is very time consuming and vet visits can become very expensive. These are important things to think about before buying a puppy.
Supplies and Care
Again, a dog crate or pen is essential for housebreaking. Other essentials include: a collar and leash, puppy pads, bedding, food, and water bowls, chew toys, all-natural shampoo, brush, puppy food. There are many checklists that you can find online that will have similar items. Search for yourself to make sure you are prepared for your new family member.
Veterinary care is also very important to a puppy’s well being. You want to research veterinarians in your area ahead of picking up your new puppy. We recommend reading reviews, asking neighbors & friends, or even visiting the office and see what feeling you get from your visit. Many vets take Care Credit as payment, this may be something else you could research in advance to cover vet bills in case anything more expensive comes up.