What Do I Need For A Puppy?
A Guide For New Puppy Parents
Puppies are very cute little creatures, but they need lots of attention. They need exercise, love and affection from their parents. If you have a dog or cat, then you already know what it means to take care of your pet.
However, puppies don’t get those things that dogs and cats do because they aren’t quite as socialized yet.
A puppy needs a lot of love and attention. You will need to spend time with him, feed him, play with him and give him plenty of water. He might even cry when you leave.
Some people think that if they just buy a puppy from a breeder, then all these problems won’t happen. But buying a puppy from someone else isn’t necessarily better than buying one yourself! There are many factors involved in choosing which pup to bring into the world.
There are two main types of pups: male and female. Male puppies grow up faster than females. They develop stronger bones and tend to be bigger too.
Most puppies that come from breeding programs are males, so it’s best not to breed them unless you want a boy or girl anyway! Female puppies usually mature slower than males, but they’re still capable of having babies themselves. Choosing a female is usually the better option, for many reasons.
Once you’ve chosen whether you’re getting a boy or girl, it’s time to choose your puppy’s breed. The most popular breeds are the Golden Retreiver, Beagle, German Shepherd, and Poodle. Both Beagles and Poodles have short hair and are sometimes called “toys”, as they are smaller than other dogs.
They’re good for people with back problems or just don’t want to deal with big, bulky dogs. Both Retrievers and German Shepherds have a lot of hair and are often more active than other dogs. Labs, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and Boxers are also popular, but they’re not as recommended due to their tendancy to become agressive. Another factor that most people don’t think about is the color of their dog! Whether you want a white, black, brown, or even yellow dog, there are many options for you to choose from.
Once you’ve chosen your breed and color, you need to think about the gender of your dog. As mentioned above, males tend to be larger and stronger. They’re not usually as loving as females, but they generally don’t have periods where they go into heat, so they’re easier to take care of.
Females are great for people who aren’t fond of dealing with the “time of the month”. They’re usually smaller than males and have a better sense of smell.
The last thing you need to think about is the place you’re going to get your dog from. The Humane Society is a great place if you want to save a dog’s life, despite the fact that they may have medical issues. Many people just drop their dogs off there because they can’t afford them anymore.
Breeding programs are good too, as you know the conditions of where they’ve been raised and how much attention they’ve gotten. But breeders are the best. Not only do you know everything about your dog’s parents, you can also get a guarantee on their health! However, this comes at a price. If you are wary of spending too much money on your new pet, look somewhere else.
Now that you’ve chosen a breed, color, gender, and place to buy your dog from, it’s time to meet some puppies! When you arrive at the place you’re getting the dog from, take your time looking around and asking questions about the dogs they have. Make sure you’re picking a healthy one, as this pet is going to be with you for a long time!
After about an hour of searching, you finally spot a little ball of fluffiness. It’s a Beagle puppy, and it’s the one. It looks up at you with it’s big, brown eyes and instantly wins your heart. It’s time to take it home…
Name your dog, and take it home. You’re going to have so much fun together!
Sources & references used in this article:
Living with Kids and Dogs… Without Losing Your Mind: A Parent’s Guide to Controlling the Chaos by C Pelar – 2013 – books.google.com
How to Raise Your New Puppy in a Cat Family: The Complete Guide to a Happy Pet-Filled Home by SL Gerstenfeld, S Gerstenfeld, JL Schultz – 1999 – Chronicle Books
How To Raise A Puppy You Can Live With, -Revised & Updated by P Silvani, L Eckhardt – 2005 – TFH
Caring for My New Puppy by C Sanders – 2010 – Temple University Press