A few months ago, on July 4th to be exact, we introduced a new member to our family. His name is Odin and he is a mix of Alaskan Husky and Siberian Husky. Matter of fact he is the puppy in the picture below. There are several things you need to know whether you’re getting a puppy for the first time or are bringing another dog into your home, you need to consider a few things. First of all, are you a patient person? Do you have the energy for a new puppy? Let’s take a closer look to determine if a new puppy is right for you.
Are You a Patient Person?
First things first. Puppies need to be trained. This means there will be accidents and a puppy will probably chew on some of your favorite items. You need to be a patient person to raise and train a puppy to behave and to go outside to relieve himself. If you see yourself getting upset each time your puppy pees on the floor or chews up a slipper, a puppy is not a good option for you. You’re better off getting an older dog that has been house trained. Just be aware that even house trained dogs will use the bathroom in the house when he is adjusting to a new home.
Do You Have Time to Train a Puppy?
It takes a lot of time to train a puppy. Not only do you have to house train her, but you need to help her learn not to bite when she plays and not to chew on your things. A puppy will also require getting up in the middle of the night to take her outside for the first few weeks. Puppies cannot hold it throughout the night because their bladders are so tiny. If you don’t want to get up in the middle of the night, you don’t need a puppy.
Do You Have the Energy for a Puppy?
If you’re looking for a dog that will be laid back and calm, a puppy is not for you. That doesn’t mean the puppy won’t grow up to be a relaxed dog. It just means that puppies have a lot of extra energy. Some breeds have more than others. If you like to stay home and relax, you may be better off getting an adult dog and choosing a breed that is known for being laid back.
Do You Have Other Pets?
You definitely need to consider your other pets before bringing a new puppy into your home. For example, not all dogs like other dogs. Have a friend bring their pet to see how your dog or cat interacts with it. If possible, bring a puppy over for a visit to see how your other pets react.
Are You Over Your Last Pet?
Last, but not least, if you’re bringing a new puppy home because your dog passed away, you need to make sure you’re ready for a new pet. People often make the mistake of getting a new puppy because they miss having a pet. However, you need to remember that the new dog will not replace your old friend. Even if you get the same breed, it will not be the same dog.
Final Thoughts on a Getting a New Puppy
A new puppy can be a wonderful addition to a home, but only if you’re ready for one. Some people just aren’t puppy people. Yes, they may be cute, but if you don’t have the time or patience, a puppy will quickly seem like a bad idea. Really think about it before bringing a new puppy into your home.
Check Out the Rest of my New Puppy Series
Part 1: Is a New Puppy Really Right for Me?
Part 2: 10 Awesome Products you must Have for your New Puppy
Part 3: Bringing Home Your New Puppy
Part 4: How to Introduce your New Puppy to Your Family
Part 5: House training your new puppy
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