One of the awesome things about being an adult is that we no longer have to beg our parents to let us get puppies. You’re a grown-up—you do as you please! That being said, getting a new soul into your home requires a lot of responsibility and it’s not all about licks and cuddles. Remember, a dog is for life! But worry not, we’re here to help you prepare for an amazing new chapter in your life.
The Important Stuff
Choose the right breed – Before you go out and choose the first adorable dog that runs into your arms, it’s important that you do your dog breed research. You need to find the suitable breed for your lifestyle. You need to take into account the size of your home, work life, social life and family situation (any small kids?). Big dogs often do better in large spaces.
Find an ethical breeder – We always advise people to adopt as there’s tons of dogs out there looking for a home but we also know that it isn’t always feasible. Once you’ve zeroed in on a breed go about finding the reliable breeder with a great track record (ask for references). It’s best to go visit the premises yourself and see the conditions the dogs are being kept in (NEVER buy from a pet store or middleman). Are they being well fed and cared for? Do they have enough space to roam and play? Are the conditions safe and sanitary? When narrowing down on a breed always ask for pictures of the sire (father) and dam (mother) that’ll give you a good idea of the size and look of the puppy when they’re all grown up.
Can you afford it? – Raising a dog can get expensive between food, treats, grooming, toys and veterinary care so you should be sure you’re well prepared to handle the expenses. Small dogs are easier on the pocket than big dogs, so if you’re a first-time parent better to pick a smaller breed. If not, a fish is always a good place to begin.
Puppy proof your home – Find an area your little one will spend most of their time for the first couple of months. It’s advisable not to let them roam freely as they could find themselves exposed to household wires, chemicals and other choking hazards.
Find the right Vet – Your new puppy should visit your veterinarian for the first time within a few days of coming home with you. It is important for the puppy to have a physical examination, even if no vaccines are due. This is a chance to make sure there are no health problems that went undetected by the breeder, shelter, or rescue group.
Things you’ll need
- Water and food bowls – Make sure it’s the right size, don’t want your little one going for a swim.
- Puppy Food – Make sure you choose the right food to match your dog’s breed.
- A nice comfy bed – They’re gonna be napping… A LOT. So make sure they have the comfiest bed around.
- Puppy shampoo – Keep them clean to avoid unwanted infections and parasites.
- A few fun toys – There’s no better sight than a puppy with their favorite toy. Puppies can be destructive so throw in a chew toy to keep ‘em busy.
- Some grooming supplies – Brushing a pup from an early age helps build a strong bond between parent and pup.