So, you’re thinking of buying a puppy? Congratulations! A puppy can bring so much joy to your life and enrich it in so many ways that most new dog owners don’t realize. From being happy to see you first thing when you come home to protecting you from potential dangers, dogs oftentimes provide the unconditional love and support that most humans desire but have a hard time finding. With that being said, dogs are a lifelong commitment and a huge responsibility. From house training your pooch to making sure she has all of her vaccinations, to maintaining a whole and healthy diet to ensuring she gets plenty of exercise and play, owning a dog is much like having a baby, as dogs, like babies, rely on you for everything that they need. For this reason, it is so important that you understand what goes into caring for a dog and how a dog will impact your life before you adopt one.
If you have never owned a dog before but are thinking about adopting one for the first time, the professionals at CT Breeder urge you to make the following considerations before adding a four-legged addition to your family:
You may want a dog now, but will you still want one after you get into the nitty-gritty of actually owning one? As already stated, puppies require a lot of work and responsibility, but more than that, they can irreparably change your life—for better or for worse. The thing about puppies, though, is that if they change your life for the worse, there is no return policy. You need to figure out how to make it work with your new family member, even if that means sacrificing certain aspects of your lifestyle that you loved. Some considerations to make before you adopt include:
Though it is difficult to anticipate every situation, and though may not be prepared for every little thing, if you can confidently say that you are committed to caring for a dog no matter what challenges she throws you way, you have the right mentality for a future dog owner.
If, after making all of the necessary considerations, you decide that you still want to adopt a dog, it’s time to think about why you want a dog. Do you want a dog for security reasons, for companionship, or to teach your kids responsibility? Do you want a mostly outdoor dog, or a completely indoor dog? What you want in a dog will largely determine the type of breed that you get. Some preferences to consider before going on the search are:
Consider every aspect of your current lifestyle and give serious thought to where you hope to be one, five and 15 years from now. If you can envision a dog in your near and far future, great! If not, it may be best to consider adopting a cat or some other low-maintenance pet instead.
Once you have determine what you would like in a dog, it’s time to talk breeds. Though every dog is an exception, each breed is characterized by certain personality traits. For instance, German Shepherds are known to be extremely protective and high energy, while bull-dogs are fairly low-maintenance and sluggish. A knowledgeable breeder can listen to your wants and needs for a dog and direct you towards a breed that is best suited for you. Even if you adopt a mixed breed from a shelter, research the characteristics of the breeds it is mixed with to rule out any traits that you find particularly undesirable.
Once you’ve decided on a breed, it’s time to start preparing to bring your new pooch home. The best way to make sure that you do not forget a thing is to make a list.
Again, it’s tough to be prepared for every last curveball your new pet throws your way, but by making a list of potential situations, you can at least be as prepared as possible.
There is really no right or wrong answer to this, as everyone is different. If you choose to adopt from a shelter, just know that you may not always know what you are getting. While the shelter may tell you that a dog is a full-bred Doberman, the dog could very well be part Rottweiler. A shelter’s job is to rescue animals and find them a new home, not necessarily to identify breeds and place them in the best home.
Moreover, when you adopt from a shelter, it can be hard to tell what medical attention or shots the dog still needs. Many puppies and dogs are just dropped at shelters with no information on their background. Though most shelter staffs will do their best to find out as much about a dog’s medical history as possible, most shelters work on limited funds and cannot viable afford a thorough examination for every animal brought through their doors. With that being said, it is up to you, the dog’s new owner, to take her to the vet and get a full medical history screening. If there are any surprises, you must figure out a way to deal with them as you committed to caring for that pup the day you adopted her.
However, if you work with a breeder like CT Breeder, you know exactly what you are getting. A breeder, obviously, knows exactly which breed a dog is and can fully inform you about the pros and cons of the breed you are looking to adopt. They can evaluate your lifestyle based on what you tell them and advise you on whether or not your desired breed is actually a good fit. If they don’t think that your lifestyle, or your wants and needs for a dog, are compatible with the selected breed, they will tell you so.
Additionally, a good breeder will not only have a thorough medical history for each and every puppy, but also, they will have a thorough medical history for that puppy’s parents and even grandparents. This will make it easier for you to accurately gauge future medical and healthcare expenses. Breeders will also have taken care of your puppy’s initial shots, eliminating at least one essential expense.
If you do decide to work with a breeder like CT Breeder, do your research. Unfortunately, many so-called “breeders” are really just puppy mills that churn out dogs at an alarming rate to make a profit. Avoid these types of breeders at all costs! Dogs that come from puppy mills are overbred and have significant health issues, not to mention temperament issues.
While every dog needs a loving home, if you opt to adopt from a breeder instead of a shelter, adopt from a reputable breeder (otherwise you might as well adopt from a shelter). Some ways to identify the good from the bed are as follows:
Dog ownership can bring so much joy to your life and enrich your life in so many ways, but only if you’re ready for it. Dogs are a lot of work and responsibility, and your life will change once you bring a puppy home. Leaving for work for the day will require significantly more planning that it used to, and going on vacation will be a whole other story. However, if you’re up for the challenge, you will experience the following benefits that only other dog owners can appreciate:
Dogs are not for everyone, but if you are even considering getting a dog, chances are that there is one that is right for you. If you are patient and put in the time to evaluate your lifestyle, research proper breeds, and the right dog for you, you may just find that adopting a dog is the best decision you have ever made.
If you are interested in adopting a puppy for the first time, reach out the professionals at CT Breeder for help with selecting the best breed for you.