New Puppy Checklist – Things To Do And What To Buy
The New Puppy Checklist – Things To Do & What To Buy is a list of things to do and what to buy when buying a puppy. You will learn how to choose the right breed, which are the most suitable breeds for your home, what kind of dog best suits your lifestyle and much more!
Puppies are expensive and it’s always better to get one at the right time rather than later. However, if you want to save money then there are some things you can do before getting a puppy so that you don’t have to pay for them after the fact.
If you’re still not sure whether or not it’s worth spending money on a puppy, here are some tips:
1) Don’t rush into buying a puppy just because someone told you they were cute!
There’s no point in doing that if you aren’t prepared to put up with their personality quirks and other problems.
2) Look out for puppies from reputable breeders.
They’ll usually come with a guarantee, meaning they won’t die within a certain amount of days after being bought (usually 3-5).
3) A good breeder will tell you everything they know about the breed, including health issues such as hip dysplasia and eye diseases like blindness.
Be sure to ask any breeder what health problems are common in the breed.
4) If you’re not sure about a specific breeder, try to get a referral from another reliable breeder!
There are plenty of people in your area willing to help out.
5) Remember that while puppies are cute, they take a lot of time and effort to raise properly.
Before buying a puppy, make sure you have time as well as the knowledge on how to raise it properly!
6) If you have kids, be sure that they’re old enough to take care of a puppy, as well as teach them how to do so as puppies are very fragile mentally and physically when they’re little.
They need to be taught how to play with them and what is and isn’t okay.
7) Grooming is also something to think about.
While many short haired breeds don’t necessarily need their coats brushed, most will still shed. If you’re not up to the task of grooming a dog, then get one without a fur coat!
8) Likewise, some dogs will require a lot more walking than others.
If you don’t have time to walk your dog frequently, then get one of those tiny breeds that only needs to go out once every couple of days!
9) If you do have the time, then you need to decide on how much money you want to spend on your puppy.
Breeds that are common are going to be cheaper than rarer ones, as well as those that require less maintenance. If you want a breed that has unique markings or a rare color, like a panda or a blue merle, then you’ll have to pay more because they’re harder to find homes for!
10) While all puppies are cute, some breeds just don’t make good pets! These include extremely large and massive breeds, such as Newfoundlands.
While it may seem fun having a huge puppy, they grow into even bigger dogs that can completely crush children if they accidentally step on them! Likewise, tiny toy breeds like Yorkshire Terriers aren’t the best choice either because they can easily be squished!
The most common family pet is the Golden Retriever. These are super friendly and love children, but they shed a lot so be prepared to spend half your pay check on vacuum bags.
Also be sure to give them large amounts of exercise or else they’ll rip up your furniture.
Once you’ve made your decision on whether or not to get a dog, take the appropriate steps in doing so!
Remember to spay or neuter your pet!
One of the most important things you can do for your pet is have it spayed or neutered. This prevents unwanted puppies or kittens, meaning you won’t end up with a hundred more mouths to feed!
Puppies and kittens are cute, but they get old really fast. While it may seem cruel to prevent your pet from having babies, it really is for the best!
Most shelters are packed to the brim with homeless puppies and kittens. Having your pet spayed or neutered not only ensures you won’t have any more, but also helps lower the pet population as a whole.
Plus it prevents things like yippy little dogs and annoying meowing!
Be sure to ask your local veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.
If you have too many pets, they will eventually start to run out of food. You need to be able to provide for them after all!
All that needs to be said about this is don’t go around stealing from people. Not only is it bad but it’s frowned upon by society and the law!
Theft isn’t limited to just cash either. You can steal things like food or items as well.
Same rules apply though, don’t get caught!
Theft is a crime and most places have a large police presence. Try to steal from the wrong person and you might find yourself in a lot more trouble then what its worth!
There are some instances where theft isn’t considered a bad thing though.
Sources & references used in this article:
Systems Engineering and a New Puppy by R Bullard – INCOSE International Symposium, 2009 – Wiley Online Library
How to Raise Your New Puppy in a Cat Family: The Complete Guide to a Happy Pet-Filled Home by J Sonnenberg – 2010 – books.google.com
Essentials of marketing management by G Lancaster, L Massingham – 2010 – books.google.com