Chances are that if you are reading this article then you are considering adopting a new puppy. Puppies are adorable. It is hard to resist getting one. But it is definitely a big decision and not one to rush into. Read on and learn the top things you need to know before you get your first puppy.
Even if your family had a puppy when you were a child, there are factors to consider that you may not have thought about..
1. Be prepared to take care of it. Yes, this one seems obvious, but people are so often unprepared that it’s worth mentioning right off the bat.
If you have kids, you have probably heard choruses of “but I’ll take care of it.” If you are lucky, for the most part, they will. But kids simply can’t do everything. Be prepared, therefore, that you will be in charge of the puppy, especially if the kids go to Grandma’s for the weekend or while they are at school.
There are some things only adults can do such as going to the vet and buying supplies. Be aware that you will be involved even if you don’t want to be.
2. Free puppies are NOT free– Or at least, they don’t come without additional costs. No matter how enticing a free puppy seems to you (and your kids), remember that there is no such thing as a free puppy.
The minute you get the puppy, there are things you have to buy. You have to get food, a collar, a tag, a dog license, and toys. Not to mention optional things such as a dog house, a crate if you plan to crate train, and a dog bed.
After that, you have to pay the vet bills. All dogs need yearly shots. The first set of shots is the most expensive.
Don’t want to be responsible for a litter of puppies? Then it is your duty to have your new puppy spayed and neutered as soon as possible.
Does your puppy have long hair? Then you will also want to add in grooming costs. Plus, if you are often away from home, you will need to hire someone to take care of or walk the dog from time to time.
Dogs are awesome, but they require proper budgeting.
3. You need to puppy-proof – When you have a new baby, you know that baby-proofing is a must. You put locks on the cabinets, cover the outlets, and put up a baby gate. Puppy-proofing may seem silly to some, but it is not just for the puppy, it is also for you. You do like that leather couch, right?
There are some simple things that you can do to begin. Gate the puppy in a room, such as a kitchen, until he or she is potty trained. Keep important things like new gym shoes and kid’s special toys inside a closet so the puppy can’t get to them.
Take the time to work with your puppy. If you expect your puppy to behave, then you first have to teach your puppy how to behave.
4. You will have to clean up – No matter how on top of your cute little bundle of fur you plan to be, you will still have some messes to clean up from time to time.
Thankfully, that is something we can help you with. We have four products that will come in handy with a new puppy in the house. First, you have our wood floor cleaner. Just sayin’, if you have a wood floor, this will come in handy for some puppy puddles. Our wood floor cleaner comes in a fresh citrus scent that is sure to delight.
Leather furniture cleaner is a smart choice if you do have leather furniture in your home. Even, if you only let puppy up on the leather recliner when you are holding your new friend you could still get unlucky. That is when you’ll be glad our leather furniture cleaner is under your kitchen sink.
For the kitchen or bathroom floors, you can use our multi-purpose cleaner. Our glass and surface cleaner is just what you need to wipe up any food spills or puppy messes that need to be cleaned right. It has the crisp scent of Eucalyptus.
Last but definitely not least is our stain and odor treatment. Bonus! It works just as good on the kids’ messes. It is just the thing you need for mud on the carpet or the smell of pet urine on the couch. This much-needed item also comes in our wonderful Fresh Citrus Scent.
So, now you know the practical considerations of buying a puppy. If you have budgeted accordingly and have prepped your home and family for your new arrival, we wish you many happy years with your new, loyal family member and friend.