Mar
15th

Essential Steps For Bringing A New Puppy Home

In this quick post I want to give you the essential steps for bringing a new puppy home.  Now most people will immediately think that this will be all about steps to choose a puppy from a breeder, get it home and settle it in.

But no.  It’s about all the key steps leading to choosing a puppy which most people completely bypass.

Most people follow this process:

  1. Want a dog
  2. Check dog breeder ads on puppies for sale websites and local free ads
  3. Choose at random
  4. Go and see some puppies
  5. Fall in love with the ‘cute factor’
  6. Buy one
  7. Regret it

So here are the steps you should take before bringing a new puppy home.

  • Step 1 – Get help.  Recognise you don’t know anything about dogs and start at the beginning with some help from dog-choosing experts who know what they are talking about.  Get practical advice on how to get started properly.
  • Step 2 – Avoid the top mistakes.  There are many mistakes that new dog owners make.  There are five most common traps which will lead you to the wrong dog.  Choosing something ‘cute’ without knowing if it will suit you is up there at the top. Make sure you know fact from fiction before you even go near a puppy.
  • Step 3 – Are you really ready?  You need to work out if you are really ready for a dog.  It’s a huge commitment.  It’s just like having a baby, and a real 24/7 labour of love, especially to begin with.  Walking, feeding, being around most of the day, mopping up mess and LOTS of training.  Can you commit that effort?
  • Step 4 – Budget.  Work out if you can actually afford the cost of a dog.  It mounts up fast – dog food, kennels, dog equipment, dog sitting/dog daycare, vets bills (especially vets bills!) and much more.  You need to work out all those costs and see if you have enough disposable income to cover it.
  • Step 5 – Check your lifestyle.  What do you like/not like? Are you sociable?  How much time do you have for exercise?  Do you live in a city?  These questions and many more must be answered first, because they will significantly affect the puppy you bring home.
  • Step 6 – Check the dog breeds.  Check out all the dog breeds and breed groups.  Spend time doing research into their needs and wants, character, noise level etc.  Look at as many dog breed profiles as you can. Will they fit your lifestyle and wants?  Or….
  • Step 6a – Check non-shedding dog breeds.  If you have a dog allergy there are only certain breeds which will work for you.  You need to know 100% which are in this list to avoid getting very ill.  That’s because there are breeders out there who will categorically lie to you and you need to know which breeds and cross breeds to avoid.  Then  check them against your lifestyle!
  • Step 7 – Exercise.  How much time will you walk your dog every day? You must get this right.  Exercise is vital to a happy, healthy dog and an un-wrecked house and garden.  But each dog’s needs are different so you need to be clear which match your time available and which don’t.
  • Step 8 – Shortlist a few breeds.  Research your breeds against lifestyle and exercise.  Choose the 5 which fit your lifestyle best to investigate more closely
  • Step 9 – Find an ethical dog breeder.  Not a pet shop, not someone who places free ads or ads on general ‘dogs for sale’ websites.  Well, not unless you want to support puppy farming.  Make sure you know how and where to find breeders who care.  Visit several for each dog breed and see what you think of each.
  • Step 9a – Find a good dog rescue centre.  Rescue centres have puppies too!  If you have done your research well, you’ll know the characteristics of a puppy that will suit you best. The rescue centre might find that for you in a cross-breed puppy as well as a pure breed.
  • Step 10 – Impress.  A good breeder or rescue centre won’t let you have a puppy without some effort.  Be prepared to be interviewed about your suitability.  Read up on the breed.  Know how to behave.  Check your possible breeder out too and ask them some difficult questions.
  • Step 11 – Dog allergy testing.  If you have a dog allergy, tell your doctor and check your medication before you go.  Make sure everyone there knows you are dog allergic just in case.  Then test yourself with adult dogs because puppies can give false readings.
  • Step 12 – Choose a puppy.  Make sure you know what a healthy, well adjusted puppy should look like and behave like.  Look for any signs of illness, bad bone structure or poor temperament (too nervous, too aggressive).  Get help from the breeder or rescue – they should be able to advise on what might suit you best

Now do you see why most people make mistakes with their dogs?  Do you see why rescue centres are overflowing and puppy farmers/puppy mills make a lot of money?  It’s because you didn’t know this is what you have to do, because no-one tells you.

Three key things could make the difference between success and failure with a puppy:

  1. Knowing the steps to take and getting help to get them right.
  2. Knowing which dogs really are suitable for you if you have an allergy
  3. Knowing how to find a really ethical dog breeder

So if you’re thinking of bringing a new puppy home get these three things for free by clicking here now

 

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