Are you ready to introduce a new pet into the family? Have you been thinking about it for a while, weighed up the pros and cons, and decided that you’re ready to get a new puppy? Congratulations! This is a huge decision, that hopefully you don’t take lightly. Although puppies are adorable and fun to have around, they are also a LOT of work. Just like with a new baby, your puppy will need to be fed, toilet trained, bathed, trained and kept busy. For the first few months, your puppy will need to be watched at all times – unless you fancy your shoes being nibbled on, your furniture being bitten and your carpet urinated on!
To ensure that you are sufficiently prepared for your new addition to the family, this guide will take you through the basics you need to know before you bring your new puppy home. It’s important to read through the guide before bringing them into your home, as there’s a number of things that have to be purchased so that it’s all ready for the new puppy arrival.
What breed of puppy should you get?
With hundreds and hundreds of dog breeds out there, it’s not an easy job to decide which on to get! Puppy breeds vary in shape and size, and also many other factors. Some puppies are hypo-allergenic, some have very energetic and playful personalities and others can fit into your handbag!
To help you decide what type of puppy breed to get, you can fill out the quiz on this Dog Breed Selector – which takes into account all your wants and needs of owning a puppy.
Where should you get your puppy from?
There’s a few different options for where you get your puppy from. If you’re looking for a specific breed, your best chance is to find a local dog breeder. Take a look here at dog breeders in Melbourne.
If you don’t have a specific dog breed in mind, you have a few options. Firstly, you can visit a local pet shop. They generally have litters of puppies available all year long. The next option – which is the preferred option to help control overpopulation of animals – is to visit your local animal shelter. Melbourne animal shelters are always looking for loving homes for unwanted animals to be adopted into.
All of these options are likely to incur some sort of cost – even when you’re adopting from an animal shelter. The costs involved are generally helping towards getting the puppy de-sexed, micro-chipped and all of his/her shots.
When you should NOT get a puppy
Not everyone is suitable to get a new puppy. Before committing to anything, you’ll need to make sure that both you, your family and environment are suited. Here’s when you SHOULDN’T get a puppy:
- Time – while puppies grow, they need to be watched around the clock. If you work full time and don’t have anyone to take care of her during that time, you SHOULD NOT get a puppy
- Money – puppies don’t come cheap! On top of their feeding, grooming and entertainment, he or she will need to go through professional puppy training and also registered at your local council.
- Energy – puppies are full of energy, and to ensure they sleep well at night, they need to be walked and played with throughout the day. If you don’t have the energy for this, you SHOULD NOT get a puppy. A grown dog would be a more ideal option (but even then they require regular walks etc).