It is easy to get carried away with the excitement of getting a puppy, but there’s a lot to consider before you make your decision.
The most important consideration is time – dogs are pack animals and need to spend time with their family. Too much time alone can be damaging to a dog or puppy – not to mention your furniture! If they have to be left for longer than a few hours, could a dog walker come and take them out?
You need to be able to commit to walking your dog at least twice a day, every single day of the year for, on average, 12 years.
Cost is a factor – not just the purchase price, but the ‘running’ costs: food, bedding, toys, vaccinations, flea and worm control are the essentials and it’s well worth considering Pet Insurance for any unforeseen costs.
Now you’re on to the exciting bit! What kind of dog? Rescue adult or puppy? Sadly, there are too many horror stories in the media of irresponsibly rehomed dogs, but to give a rescue dog a good home, is a wonderful thing and well-known charities like RSPCA and The Blue Cross, are extremely good at making sure the right dog goes to the right home.
If you fancy a puppy, should you have cross-breed or a pure breed? If you are choosing a breed, do your research and keep in mind that ‘smaller’ does not necessarily mean less exercise – in fact often, the opposite is true!
Puppies from responsible breeders will have good, clean, well equipped and maintained kennels. You should see ALL the pups with the mother and they should appear fit, well and confident, with no discharge from the eyes or nose, or sores on the skin. They should be socialised and treated with flea and worm prevention. For more advice, before and after purchase, come and see us at Clockhouse. And don’t forget, if you get a puppy, our Puppy Parties