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Have you made up your mind about purchasing an adorable bundle of fluff? You’re probably very excited and can’t wait to get your little friend as soon as possible.
But upon making the life-changing decision to buy a puppy, it is really important that you are well-informed and aware of what is required from such a commitment.
Here are a few things to consider before making such a lifestyle altering investment:
1.Where to steer clear of when purchasing your pup
One of the most important things to consider when buying your puppy is to be sure to buy from a reputable breeder. Be well informed on where exactly your puppy comes from.
Avoid puppy mills and backyard breeders. This is essential into closing down establishments that put animal welfare at risk and treat them as cash crops.
Puppy mills usually have overcrowded cages, have little to no veterinary care and take puppies away from their mothers far too early.
Backyard breeders may seem like caring neighborhood folk, but you will find that some over breed their pet dog.
Look for tell-tale signs such as breeders that do not ask much information from the buyer and those who are reluctant to show their premises where a puppy was bred. Also be aware of any breeders that sell puppies when they are less than six weeks old.
- Does your lease allow you to have a puppy?
If you rent, many landlords state in the lease agreement that you are prohibited from having a pet, as they understand the potential mess and destruction a tiny little puppy can make!
Before going forward with any puppy plans, go over your lease agreement and speak with your landlord about changing the terms to add a pet allowance clause, if possible.
- Can you afford to have a puppy?
A puppy is like a small child. It demands love, constant care, and support so having enough money is a necessary requirement to owning a dog.
From pet insurance, dog beds and food, to the cost of a dog sitter, leads and puppy proofing equipment – your investment may stretch your budget more than you expect.
- Are you prepared to be bound to your home?
Planning on a weekend away? If you can’t find suitable help for your new puppy, you’ll need a change of plans.
Of course, you can hire dog sitters and there may be a loyal friend or family member who will be willing to help.
However, an impromptu lifestyle is off the cards as your puppy needs a routine and more importantly, your pup needs you!
Although buying a puppy means having to make a few sacrifices, what you get in return is something very precious.
A dog really does become a member of the family. When loved and treated well, a dog will be a loyal companion for a very long time.