Well it’s that time of year again. And I’m going to do my obligatory plea about buying puppies as Christmas presents. Yes its great to surprise the family with a brand new 6-8 week old puppy and how could you resist that little puppy face? However you need to think about a few things before you purchased said puppy.
The first thing is you need to ask yourself do you have time for a dog. If you plan on sticking it in a crate all the time because you are never home its probably best that you don’t get a puppy. They need constant attention and exercise especially in this phase of their lives. Potty training can be a bear. Waking up every 4 hours to let the dog out to potty is exhausting, especially if you already work a full time job.
Next, are you financially stable to take care of a puppy? Puppies require a lot financially; vet bills, food, toys, training, crate, collars, leashes, etc. Are you prepared if their is an accident? wither it be an accident or illness can you afford the vet care?
Do research on your breed before getting it. If you are getting German Shepherd just because they are a popular breed, you may need to re think it. Look at the characteristics of the breed. Will this breed be suitable for my family? For example If you want to get a lap dog, its probably not best to get a high energy Belgian Malinois.
Longevity of life. This can be a 10-15 year commitment. You should be aware of that in the beginning. Most breeds live to be 10-15 years, and as they get older they may need special care vitamins, medication, supplements, etc.
So when you go puppy hunting for Christmas, please make sure you take what I have said in this post into consideration. Because it definitely isn’t fair to a puppy to take it home and a couple weeks later discard it because you weren’t ready for the commitment.