In the weeks before you bring your puppy home, it’s worth checking to make sure you’ve prepared as much as you can to make the transition to dog owner as smooth as possible. Most dog breeds can live up to anywhere between 10-15 years, so we’ve compiled a list of key points to consider before you add your new canine family member.
1) Is a puppy really for you?
Owning a puppy is a huge commitment, particularly at the early stages of the puppies development. Can you afford the dog financially? Quality dog food and insurance are a monthly cost, not to mention the potential for Vets bills and fees. Can you commit the time needed to properly raise a puppy?
2) Where are you sourcing your puppy from and is the breed right for you?
Can you really handle the energy of a springer spaniel? Is your breeder legitimate? Some breeds of dog are more demanding in care and upkeep than others, do your research on the breed you’ve chosen to make sure it fits within your lifestyle. If you’re active and enjoy a jog in your local park, then an active and energetic breed might be the perfect companion.
3) Got everything you need?
Do you have everything prepared for the puppies arrival? Check our Puppy Shopping Checklist, to see if you have missed any essentials.
4) Have you Puppy proofed your home?
Your home and yard space will need puppy proofing. Make sure outside spaces are free from sharp objects or gaps in fences. It’s also worth checking the toxicity of any plants you have growing outside that will be in contact with the dog.
5) Have you considered insurance?
Unexpected vets bills can run into the thousands. Covering your dog for times of ill health can often be a life saver for your finances in the long run.