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What to Consider Before Buying a Puppy

What to Consider Before Buying a Puppy

There is a lot to consider before buying a puppy. When bringing home a set of furry paws for the first time, planning and organisation are key. Needing more love, attention, and care than their mature counterparts, puppies are by no means an easy task. 

With thousands of puppies given up for adoption after the Covid chaos ended, people began to quickly realise puppies are not just for Christmas and not just for lockdown. 

Here to support puppy owners, novice and experienced, here’s what to consider before buying a puppy.

Time

One element of puppy care owners tend to dismiss is time. Puppies require constant care and supervision, particularly during the first few months. From toilet training to socialisation, helping develop your puppy’s overall health and wellbeing is vital. 

Before opting to bring a new puppy home, be sure that your work schedule is not too intense and your puppy is supervised throughout the day. Puppies should not be left alone for more than two hours a day as lack of supervision and boredom can lead to destructive behaviour.

Think of Other Pets

We all know just how magical a puppy can be. With their small paws, tiny faces, and ears that are just too big for their heads, a new puppy can be one of the most magical experiences of your life. 

However, for those of you with pets already in your home understanding the behaviour and needs of other pets will help determine what breed of dog and a suitable time to bring in a new addition to your furry family.

Large breeds may intimidate a small breed pup so consider this when purchasing a puppy. 

Is your dog a rescue? This may cause anxiety and stress if a new dog enters the home.

Choosing the same breed as your mature dogs may be a better fit for your entire furry family.

Think of Other Pets

We all know just how magical a puppy can be. With their small paws, tiny faces, and ears that are just too big for their heads, a new puppy can be one of the most magical experiences of your life. 

However, for those of you with pets already in your home understanding the behaviour and needs of other pets will help determine what breed of dog and a suitable time to bring in a new addition to your furry family.

Large breeds may intimidate a small breed pup so consider this when purchasing a puppy. 

Is your dog a rescue? This may cause anxiety and stress if a new dog enters the home.

Choosing the same breed as your mature dogs may be a better fit for your entire furry family.

Choose the Right Fit

There really is no right or wrong way when it comes to purchasing a puppy but it is recommended to ensure that you select your puppy from a reputable breeder. 

Under no circumstances ever buy a puppy without receiving the correct paperwork such as microchip documents, vaccinations, and kennel club association (if applicable).

Be sure to always visit the puppy when parents are present to ensure they have had adequate time with mum. Without this, your pup might be lacking vital nutrients and support and indicate they have been bred for illegitimate circumstances. 

Breeders should allow you to visit the pup in its home and be sure to ask when you collect the puppy for a blanket/toy/comforter to make the transition of leaving home that little bit easier.

Time, Patience, and Finances

Ultimately, choosing to bring any pet into your home is a task not to be taken lightly. You must have the time, patience, and finances available to support your puppy’s development. From food to vaccinations, puppies can be a pricey gift and certainly not one we could ever imagine returning. So, if a new puppy is on the cards this spring be sure you follow our guide on what to consider before buying a puppy to make sure your new four-legged friends live a long and happy life. 

Time, Patience, and Finances

Ultimately, choosing to bring any pet into your home is a task not to be taken lightly. You must have the time, patience, and finances available to support your puppy’s development. From food to vaccinations, puppies can be a pricey gift and certainly not one we could ever imagine returning. So, if a new puppy is on the cards this spring be sure you follow our guide on what to consider before buying a puppy to make sure your new four-legged friends live a long and happy life. 

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