Questions that need to be asked
So, your kids have been begging you for a puppy. The even bigger question is if this is right for your family. Dogs can be a lot of work, and do I mean a LOT of work. Sure the kids say they’ll clean up after it, walk it, and bathe it, but this becomes short lived. Do you even have enough time for a puppy? These are questions that need to be answered.
When purchasing a puppy, there are things you need to consider. Do you want to go through a breeder, or do you want to go to a rescue? Different options come with different price tags. While using a breeder can cost a thousand dollars, going through a rescue could only be a couple hundred dollars. How much money do you want to spend?
Once you’ve brought your new, cute, fluffy puppy home, there are so many responsibilities that fall on your plate. You have essentially brought a new baby home. This little fella will be up crying through out the night, have puppy accidents you need to clean, and probably get into mischief along the way. Potty training is usually first on the list of things that need to be taught. Who does this task fall on?
Along with potty training, chewing usually follows. As a puppy teethes, they chew. There is no way around it. You must take the time to teach them that ripping the sole out of your favorite sneakers was bad. Patience, and the will to get through this time in their life are needed fully.
A puppy needs proper exercise. This entails taking them for walks, either on a leash, or free. Both of these feats need to be taught as well. The worst things are either walking a dog that is actually walking you, or worrying that your dog will run away. It makes this task much less appealing. Can you teach your pooch these lessons, or will you take him to an obedience course?
Food plays a major key in a puppy’s development. There are so many options out there that range from low to high in price. I find the price is directly correlated with the caliber of the product. Dogs tend to have the same reaction to their food as human children do. They can be picky. Are you ready for possible changes, and getting it right for your dog?
Another huge factor is healthcare. Puppies, and dogs are tremendously expensive if something dramatic happens. Procedures can run in the thousands, and medication can run you a pretty penny. They must be vaccinated against numerous ailments, and get fixed. It can become very overwhelming. Do you have a veterinarian in place? Can you afford a monthly insurance bill, or get approved for Care Credit?
All in all there are three major questions you need to ask yourself before giving in to your children, and buying that adorable golden retriever puppy. Do you have the time to dedicate to raising a dog? Can you afford all the hidden expenses that come with dogs, and for surprise incidents? Lastly, can you give this puppy a forever home? So many families neglect asking these questions before purchasing a puppy, just to abandon it at a shelter, or sometimes worse. A dog is a lifetime commitment. Are you really ready to take the plunge?