The holidays are right around the corner, which means gift shopping is in full-swing. While any family would be lucky to get a puppy for Christmas, it’s important to understand the realities of raising one. Before gifting a puppy to a spouse, family member, or friend this holiday season, it’s crucial to understand the financial responsibilities and commitments associated with puppy ownership.
It’s hard to look at a puppy and not immediately want to take him home. However, it’s important to remember the costs that are inevitably associated with dog ownership. In addition to buying all of the essentials for your new puppy, such as toys, a dog bed, and a dog gate, you will need to consider the following long-term expenses:
- Quality food
- Vaccinations and preventative medications
- Vet care
Are you an active family? Are you gone all day for work or school? If so, who will take care of your dog when you’re away? These are significant questions to answer before you adopt a dog. Dogs need to get their fair share of exercise- some breeds require more than others- which can take a big chunk out of your free time each day. Find a type a dog that is compatible with your lifestyle and one you can properly care for.
Putting in the work.
Everyone loves puppies. But, the truth is, they are a lot of work. Not only is it at least a ten year commitment, but there are several factors to consider when getting a puppy:
- Commands & manners
- Learning a schedule
- Crate training
Tips for Success with your new puppy.
If you’ve decided that a puppy is aligned with your lifestyle and are ready to make the commitment, here are a few tips for success:
Provide enrichment: According to Stella & Chewy’s, puppies have A LOT of energy and require physical activity and mental stimulation. Carve out an hour of each day for playtime, make sure your puppy gets enough exercise on walks, and try offering a puzzle toy or other interactive toy to keep them busy and focused.
Provide training: Training your puppy will not only make him or her well-behaved, but it will make your life easier too. When they’re still young and malleable, teach them the commands and behaviors you want them to abide by.
Feed them quality food: It’s easy to walk into any pet store and purchase a cheap kibble. However, puppies’ stomachs are sensitive, so it’s crucial to choose a quality food that will promote their health and development while also keeping them nourished. Do your research to find a food that best suits your puppy.
Getting a puppy might be the best decision you’ve ever made for yourself or your family. With these simple yet mindful considerations, you’ll be ready to make the commitment and provide him or her with the best possible life and add benefits to your life, as well.