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Things to Consider Before Buying a Puppy



beagle pupMaybe you have a little one at home begging you to get a puppy, or maybe you just live alone and strongly desire the companionship for yourself, but whatever the reason, you’ve got to take some time and think about the commitment you’re about to agree to. Puppies can be hard work, so here are some things you should think about before adopting.

Sure, being a pet owner has many privileges. You can have a lifetime of memories shared with your family regarding you new pooch. Children typically love dogs and dogs love kids, even to the point of adding a sense of protection within the home. While all of that sounds lovely, you must take into consideration the commitment that owning a dog presents. It will need to be walked, fed, and played with each and every day without fail. If you are sick, your dog will still need to be cared for just as having a child would need from their parents. If you have children in the home, then they can certainly help out with the doggie duties each day (and it’s smart to encourage them to learn the responsibility as well). If your kids are too young and cannot help out, it may be a good indicator that they aren’t ready for a puppy in the first place. Make sure not to get a dog on a whim, otherwise it can be neglected far too easily.

Dogs require visits to the vet and immunizations just like a baby would. This can be costly and some people that rush into a dog purchase just out of excitement later regret doing so as they find themselves in a financial situation with a dog that they just simply cannot afford. When this occurs, which can happen all too often, some families have to put their dogs up for adoption or in the worst case scenario, the dog is placed into a pound where it is eventually put down. This can be horrifically traumatic for a family to cope with as there’s a high chance your family will have bonded with the puppy after just a short amount of time, so make sure you can afford a dog in your monthly budget before buying one. Look on the web for prices of dog foods and also look into the fees associated with owning a dog at your local vet office. The vet office will be happy to review this information with you closely and show you a breakdown of what immunizations will need administered and which treatments they could run into down the road.

Owning a dog can be a very rewarding experience, but going into the experience unprepared and finding the needs of the puppy both in terms of money and time are too great, well that just ends in unhappiness. Do the right thing and seriously consider why you want a dog and what ownership really entails. Don’t make a mistake you’ll end up regretting.

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