Preparing For Your New, Fluffy Arrival!
Planning for a puppy takes a lot more time and dedication than just turning up at the breeder’s house, scooping up a pup, paying and leaving. There are so many things that you need to take into account first. Which breed shall I get? Should I adopt or shop? When you’ve settled on answers to these questions, you also have to make sure that your home is prepared for your new, fluffy arrival. But not to worry! We’re here to help you through, every step of the way!
Choosing the right breed for you and your family entails much more than simply finding the cutest looking puppy. Different breeds have different temperaments and varying needs, so you have to make sure that your new pup will suit your lifestyle.
Most dogs malt fur, so if you are prone to allergies or can’t deal with dog fur all over your furniture, you should probably opt for a hypoallergenic breed, like a Poodle, Bichon Frise, Lhasa Apso or Kerry Blue Terrier. If you don’t like to walk long distances, active dogs might not be the best for you.
Instead, you should opt for a breed that requires less exercise, like a Chow Chow, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bassett Hound or Pug (just remember, all dogs do need some exercise, these are just lower-energy breeds). Do your research before choosing any breed and make sure that you can cater to his or her needs.
Adopt or Shop?
Adoption is always preferable over shopping for a dog. There are so many loving pooches out there in need of a home. So if you’re ready for a pup in your life, why not open your arms to them? You can get dogs of all ages, so you could still choose a relatively young dog or maybe even a puppy.
Remember that old dogs need love too, so if you are able to cater to their needs, don’t automatically reject them. If you do decide to buy a new puppy, make sure that you know exactly where they come from.
You don’t want to encourage puppy farming, which is a cruel practice. Request to see the puppy’s parents and be wary of anywhere that offers to let you have the puppy any earlier than eight weeks from birth.
So, if you’ve found your pup and the time has come to pick them up, it’s essential that you are fully prepared. First things first, you will need a crate or carrier to put them in during the journey back home. This will keep them safe during what will be an unfamiliar car journey.
Look for the best dog carrier for your newest family member. You should have puppy proofed your home for when they return. This means making sure that there aren’t any stray objects that they could potentially swallow or wires trailing on the floor (puppies will chew these). You should also have their food and water bowls, food, toys and bed ready for them.
So, there you have it! You’re puppy ready! If you follow all of these steps, you should have a relatively smooth process and your puppy will settle down in no time.