Puppies are a lot of fun, but they can also be quite expensive. If you are thinking about adopting a puppy, there are some things that you should keep in mind before making your decision. Adopting a dog is not just about saving a life; it’s also about making sure that the animal has a good home and is cared for properly. Here are seven things to keep in mind:
1. Adopt, don’t shop
If you are considering adopting a puppy, it is important to know that there are many different options when it comes to finding an appropriate dog. If your family has a lot of space and resources available, then buying from a breeder may be the best option for your family. However, if this isn’t possible or financially feasible for your family at this point in time (or even later), then there are other options available that can help ensure that every aspect of the adoption process is handled properly.
2. Puppies need lots of training and attention
When you get a puppy, it’s important to remember that dogs are social animals. They need lots of exercise and attention, especially when they’re young. If you don’t give your puppy the proper amount of exercise and attention, it could lead to behavior problems later on in life.
Puppies also need training so they can learn how to be good citizens: how not to bark at strangers or other animals (especially cats), where not to relieve themselves in public places like parks or zoos–and even what constitutes acceptable playtime! In addition to obedience training classes offered by local animal welfare organizations such as the ASPCA or SPCA (respectively), there are plenty of resources available online for anyone who wants guidance on teaching their dog manners around other people and pets alike.
3. A puppy will be a part of your family for 10 to 15 years
A puppy will be part of your family for 10 to 15 years. The first few months are critical, as they need lots of attention, training, and socialization. They also grow up fast, so it’s important to make sure they have time in their schedule for playtime and exercise every day.
Puppies need lots of love and attention–they’re not like cats who can go days without being fed or having their favorite toy played with! It’s best if you can commit yourself fully to raising a puppy as part of your family while they’re still young (ie: 6 months old). This way when they mature into adulthood it won’t feel like such an adjustment; instead, it will feel like coming home after long absences where we were away from our dogs during the day but now we can spend more time together than we had before.
4. Some breeds are easier to train than others
The Border Collie is one of the most popular dogs in the world, but they can be difficult to train. This is because they have a strong desire to please their owners. They love being around people, which makes them great pets for families or small apartments where you don’t have much space.
You might think that since your pooch has lived in an apartment all his life until now, he would enjoy sitting at home watching TV all day long–but that’s not always the case! Be sure that whatever breed you choose has some sort of athletic instinct before purchasing one as an adult dog (or kitten).
5. Emotionally prepare yourself for potty training and teething
One of the most important things to remember when adopting a puppy is that it’s going to take time. It will be a huge adjustment for both you and your dog, and you’ll need to be patient with him as he gets used to his new surroundings.
If you’re thinking about adopting a puppy, there are some things that should be put on your radar:
- Potty training is one of those things that many people don’t think about until they’ve already signed their adoption papers or picked up their new pooch at the airport. If this is something that concerns you–and who could blame them?–there are ways around this problem by using crate training or taking frequent trips outside (wherever possible). Your vet can also help guide you through these stages so that both parties remain comfortable throughout their journey together!
6. Get your house ready for a new family member by pup-proofing it
One of the most important things you can do is make sure your home is secure and safe for your new puppy. The best way to do this is by removing any dangerous items from the house. In addition, make sure that there are no dangerous objects in or around their sleeping area, such as electrical cords and loose wires. Also, make sure there aren’t any sharp pieces of metal lying around so that they don’t accidentally hurt themselves in bed or anywhere else in the house.
If you have children who may play with the dog (and who doesn’t?), make sure they’re aware of how much care should be taken when playing with animals like this one — especially since some breeds are more prone than others to aggression issues later down the road after being adopted into homes where children live with them regularly every day 7+ hours per day.
7. Needs lots of walks
If you’re thinking about adopting a puppy, it’s important to remember that the only way to keep your dog happy and healthy is by taking him for walks.
A good rule of thumb is to walk your dog every day-even if he has been good all week.
Walking helps keep him from getting bored, which can lead to destructive behaviors like chewing furniture or digging holes in the yard. It also keeps his heart rate up so he doesn’t get too comfortable at home (and then get into trouble).
If possible, try going for long walks every day rather than shorter ones; this will give both of you more opportunities for playtime! You should aim for at least an hour each day but don’t push yourself–if one part of your day gets too long then take breaks throughout instead of trying out something new later that night.”
So, if you are considering adopting a puppy, remember that it will take time and some effort on your part. However, the rewards of having a loving friendship with a furry family member can be great. If you do decide to adopt an adult dog from a shelter or rescue group instead of buying one from a breeder or pet store, make sure their needs are met first – before adding any responsibility for spending time walking him/her.