Before Adopting Pup/Dog

    BEFORE ADOPTING   

 

It happens to all of us. We look at an adorably cute puppy and before you know it we’ve got him/her in our arms and are going dog food shopping. Dogs bring joy and unconditional love in our lives and can be a great source of companionship and support. Giving us loyalty and acceptance(the kind we rarely experience with humans). Bringing a dog into our lives and homes can be a truly joyful experience.

 

However, many people adopting dogs don’t really understand the kind of responsibility or expense that it entails. The end result is that within a few months they’re either looking to give it away or worse, have gone and left it somewhere far away from their home. We have seen too many puppies being returned within a month or two after their adoption because the people who adopted them made an emotional decision about it and not a rational one and then couldn’t cope with the varied needs of a pup.

  

So for your sake and for the pups sake here are some questions that you need to address as a family before you bring home a puppy.

 

Why Do you want a pup?

Interestingly enough very few people ask themselves this very basic question. And yet it’s a critical one. If your answers are ‘They’re cute”, “my friend has one that’s why”, or “its fashionable to”, “my children want one”  then you really need to stop and rethink your decision. Styles and fads die out very quickly, and childrens interests can be very short lived, but your dog will live with you for anywhere between 10 to 18 years. Are you ready for a long term commitment?

 

Do you Have Time for A Pet?

Dogs need exercise (at least two 30 minute walks everyday, not to mention all the little walks for relieving themselves), companionship, food, water, care, affection every day of the year whether you are tired or busy they have to be provided for at all these levels? Do you have the time? Are you willing to make the time?

 

Do you Have Money for a Pet?

Dogs have special diet and health needs. They require vitamins, calciums, good food, trips to a good vet for health checkups and when they’re unwell. They need toys, they need to be neutered or spayed and they need some level of training. Can you financially afford all of this?

 

Do you Have Adequate Space for a Dog?

Its not really the size of a dog that matters, its more the temperament of the dog. A very active small dog in a small house with no backyard can be difficult to manage and a large dog with a lower energy level who largely just likes to sit around all day can be much easier. Do a little research on the kind of dog that is suited to your living arrangements and your lifestyle.

 

Shall I adopt a Dog or A Pup?

Everyone wants to adopt a small little adorable puppy to bring up as their own but that may not be the best decision for you. Puppies don’t stay small very long, they grow up quite quickly (faster than your children do). They require huge amounts of supervision and attention. They need to be house trained and that takes a little bit of time so there is a lot of pee and poo to clean. They need five meals a day. They can get into trouble quite easily as they like to chew and its almost always on things they shouldn’t be like wires, etc. Pups also use their teeth like we use our hands- to explore and sense and feel – and with very young children that can become a big problem because they can get scared of the pup or not be able to stop the mouthing behaviour which can eventually result in a biting behaviour when the puppy becomes bigger. Consider an older, gentle dog if you have young children or not enough time on your hands to devote to a pup.

 

Adult dogs can make excellent and easier pets. In their case you see what you get! You know how big the dog is going to be and what it looks like as an adult? They often come with some degree of training. And anyway are easier to train because they have more of an attention span than little pups do. They are usually house trained so no soiling of the house and they can make calm and sweet companions for your children as well as you.

 

Shall I get a Male or a Female?

Lots of people are hesitant to get female pups because they don’t want the hassle of the female getting pregnant. Well whether male or female, if you are a responsible pet owner you will neuter or spay either one. Not only is it healthier and improves the temperament of your dog but its equally painful for a male dog to not be allowed to mate. And we all know that there are enough puppies in the world already and we don’t need more. More important than the gender is to look at the temperament/nature  of the pup and make sure that it fits with yours. 

 

Who will look after your pet when the whole family travels?

If all of you are traveling and are away from home who will look after your dog? Can you afford a good kennel facility? Do you have relatives or good house help you can trust? If your dog falls sick whilst you are away are these people who will be able to provide him/her with the right kind of care and attention? These are very important questions to ask yourself.

 

How Old Are Your Children?

Its not advisable to bring a puppy into the house when you have children younger than six years of age. Keeping a dog requires having children who are mature enough to handle pups, will take responsibility for some pup duties and will not freak out at the accidental play bite or nip.

 

Are You Prepared?

Pups can often chew up furniture, pee and poo in undesirable places, accidentally nip you, scratch you. They can get fleas, ticks, skin infections and if youre allergic their hair may become a source of aggravation for your allergies. They can have medical emergencies too. Are you able to provide for all of this? Especially if you or any member of your family has known allergies its best to first visit friends or neighbours dogs and spend time with them to see whether your allergy extends to dogs as well.

 

Is it the right time to adopt a pet?

You may be moving abroad in a couple of years or you job may require you to travel a lot right now. You may be a student ready to go off to college in a couple of years! Better to adopt a pet when you are living a stable life yourself. Many dogs are put out on the street or sent to shelters because the people were moving out of the city / country or into smaller houses and felt they couldn’t take the dog with them. Think ahead before adopting. This is a long term relationship and requires a long term commitment! Are you ready to make it?

 

Think before you Adopt! A Pup Can Bring Unlimited Joy to your Life but Only If You Can Make a Proper Commitment to Fulfilling all its Needs!!