Don’t Get a Puppy Unless . . .
. . . you have thought it through. A lot of people ask themselves “Should I get a puppy?” There are a lot of questions you should ask yourself before you adopt a puppy to help you come up with the right answer. Here are some great questions you should ask yourself first.
I personally love puppies. As you can see from my about me page, I have a Teddy Bear Puppy or (Zuchon) right now. She is the cutest, cuddly little thing, but she is a stinker too. We brought her home at 8 weeks and she weighed 3 pounds. At 12 weeks, she is now 3.5 pounds. She is a tiny thing and with a tiny puppy comes a small bladder. Puppy potty training is one of the biggest things to think of, after, of course, are you committed to the next 10-20 years with a dog to love. It can take just as long as potty training a child! As Americans, we want everything done now and it can be frustrating to take the time to potty train your puppy. Especially if they are peeing all over your house!
Think to yourself, “Do I have the time it will take to potty train a puppy?
You may struggle with it for months before you feel comfortable leaving your puppy out of its crate.
Obviously, puppies take up a lot of time. Kind of like a newborn baby. For the most part they just eat, sleep, and go potty. Did you know that you have to let them go to the bathroom every 15 to 30 minutes after they eat or drink. You will also have to feed them 3-4 times a day.
Training can also start as soon as you get your puppy home. Do you have that amount of time available to give to your puppy? Think about your day. Are you home more than you are not? Can you or someone let your puppy out to go to the bathroom every few hours? Do you have time set aside in your day to play and train your puppy? The more you burn the energy out of your puppy the better he/she will sleep at night. You will still have to do your potty breaks at night but they may be farther in between each other.
As you can see, puppies take up a lot of your time. A lot! Plan on spending the first week or two getting to know your puppy and them getting acclimated to your house. If you can’t do that then maybe getting a puppy is not for you at this time in your life.
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