Getting a new pet, especially a puppy, is not something that should be undertaken lightly. Unless you or your partner will be at home for at least part of the day, then getting a puppy is not necessarily a good idea. You should remember that puppies are not as independent as cats and they really do need company, training and exercise. However, If your circumstances suit then there are few better pets to have than man’s best friend. Also pet microchip is the most important action you should take to prevent your new pet from getting lost. Let’s take a look at five things that you should keep in mind when buying your new pet.
Tip 1. Choosing a breed
You may love German Shepherds, but you need to remember that they are big dogs. A large dog needs plenty of space and preferably a garden where it can run around. All dogs need a lot of exercise and larger or working dogs would need several long walks every day. Unless you have enough space to accommodate and commit to exercising an energetic or big dog, choose a smaller breed when selecting your new puppy.
Tip 2. Choosing a puppy when you have children
The best thing you can do is research the breeds you are interested in before making a final decision. Find out from other people and families their thoughts and opinions, and then speak to the rescue or breeder before getting your puppy.
Before bringing the puppy home, you need to ensure that your children understand the rules and boundaries surrounding the dog. If it is in its bed or asleep, they must not disturb it. They shouldn’t pull their fur or tails or hassle the dog when it is eating. When you have the puppy, ensure these rules are enforced and the puppy also has its own boundaries when it comes to the children.
Tip 3. Ask about feeding
When you choose a puppy you should ask the rescue or breeder what they have been feeding the puppy since it was weaned. Most rescues and good breeders will start a young dog on puppy food because it is better suited to their smaller stomach and digestive system than food for older dogs. If this is the first time that you’ve had a dog then you will need some advice in this area and a rescue or reputable dog breeder will be happy to help.
Tip 4. How much exercise?
All dogs, including puppies, need exercising. If your puppy is less than twelve weeks old then you’ll be advised not to take it out in public until it’s had the first set of injections, protecting them from common canine diseases. Once your dog is able to go out you should ask the rescue or breeder how much exercise is needed for that particular breed. Most dogs are quite happy to walk several miles a day. All dogs need regular exercise, even just half an hour twice a day. If you are not prepared to walk a dog then maybe you should get a cat.
Tip 5. Training
This is very important to start as soon as you get your new puppy home. You can ask the rescue or breeder for advice with training your new puppy, it is however always a good idea to book into a training class as soon as possible as this will ensure your puppy is well socialised with people and other dogs whilst you are both learning. Teaching your puppy to go to the toilet outside should start straight away by letting the puppy outside when it wakes up, after it has eaten and every hour. Positive reward for everything your puppy does right is the quickest way to train your new pup.