5 Must-Knows Before Getting a Puppy
1. It takes time
If you bring home your puppy and your pup isn't as happy as you had hoped for, don't worry it takes time! The feeling of getting a new puppy may not meet your expectation of immediate affection and cuddling. Do not panic and don’t think that getting a puppy was a bad idea. This "new puppy depression" state is very common and often gets new dog owners feeling like they weren't ready for a puppy. The reality is your puppy will naturally start to love you as they will see how much you care and take care of them, similar to any other relationship in life.
2. Food planning schedule
When you first get a puppy, it's important to follow the recommended veterinarian guidelines for your dog's breed to ensure your pup is as healthy as possible. You may have to feed your pup up to four times per day, do some research on your pup's breed before getting the pup! Don't make the mistake of assuming you can leave food readily available in a bowl and that he or she will naturally be able to pace itself. In some cases, your pup can become overweight and will likely poop around your living space since overeating can push your puppy to let go of excrements faster that he or she expects.
3. Activity is crucial
A puppy needs to be pretty active (depending on the breed) during the first few months of their lives. Frequent activity helps keep their joints, organs, and muscles healthy. A typical guideline is to walk your puppy every 3-4 hours during the day. It's understandable, however, that this can be hard for people to achieve considering their work shifts of 8+. Therefore, as a compromise try to extend the walks longer if you are unable to do them more frequently.
4. Proper Etiquette is not natural
Another mistake many new dog owners make is thinking that the only thing you really need to teach your new pup is how to poop outside and to do tricks when given treats. You must teach your puppy what behaviour is acceptable through positive reinforcement or negative punishment. To positively encourage good behaviour, you can pet your doggy or reward him/her with a treat so they associate in their brain that a certain behaviour equals a good reward. Over time you can slowly remove the reward and the good behaviour will stay. As for negative punishment, you can emphasize "No" when your puppy doesn't behave the way you would like her/him to. You can also use crate training or any other acceptable (non-violent) method of your preference to discourage bad behaviour.
5. The costs add up
Whether you are on a tight budget or you have money to spend, dogs always cost more than you expected! This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just something new pup owners often overlook but need to be aware of when planning out their expenses. Between basic pet supplies, getting vaccines, getting sick, and vet visits, the costs can add up quickly. The more consistent you are with vaccines and vet visits, the less likely you will experience unexpected expenses. However, as dogs get older. dog expenses will begin to increase as maintaining their health is unfortunately not cheap.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this blog and have found it informative. Make sure to give us some feedback on what you enjoyed and leave any comments or tips that you may have picked up when deciding on getting a pup! Also, don’t forget to share this blog with any friends or family members that will be getting a puppy soon!