Sunday, May 29, 2011

Organic Bullies Educational Series - Tips for Taking Care of a New Puppy

Tips for Taking Care of a New Puppy
by: Grace Temple

The day you bring home your new puppy is a thrilling and exciting day. No one can resist the cuteness of a cuddly puppy. But before that happens, you must make sure that you have everything you need for taking care of a dog. You will need to give a lot of attention and have a lot of patience to raise a puppy that is obedient. Giving love to a puppy is free, but you will need to provide food and veterinarian visits, which can be costly. You may be interested in one breed, but do your research. Find a breed with characteristics that complement your lifestyle.

The first week of puppy care is usually blissful, but the novelty can wear off quickly. Taking care of a new puppy is not a short-term commitment. You are in it for the puppy’s lifetime. This is why you should carefully consider whether you have the time and money to care for a pet. Puppies have many needs. They need to go for outdoor walks, both for exercise and to go to the bathroom. Can you handle this on a consistent basis? If you cannot, the puppy will most certainly have accidents inside your home. Puppies also need a lot of attention. If you don’t give it to them, they often become bored, which can lead to destructive behavior.

Money is also a consideration. Can you afford a dog? The costs may not seem apparent at first, but they do add up. Veterinarian visits alone in the first year will cost a pretty penny. These are regular check-ups, not sick visits. Some breeds are more likely to get sick, requiring more visits to the vet, as well as medications and testing. Most areas require dogs to be licensed. The fees for this vary greatly. The decision to spay or neuter can cost you several hundred dollars.

Think about your lifestyle and activity level when choosing a breed of dog. Do you like to lie on the couch watching movies or would you rather take a jog on the beach? Research the characteristics of the breed you want to get and evaluate whether that type of dog would fit into your lifestyle. Think about the space you can provide to a dog. If you have a very small apartment, bringing home a large dog is not a good idea.

Taking care of a new puppy is an enjoyable experience, if all the right factors are in place. Look at the time you have, the space you have and the energy you have to offer when considering getting a puppy. Many people will love taking care of puppy. But many may not have the right conditions to give a puppy the needed attention. As a dog owner, you are promising to take care of and love the dog for its lifetime. Make sure it’s a good match.

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