You jokingly promised your child a puppy sometime ago, and now you realize you cannot hold back anymore, lest they lose faith in your promises. What do you need to know before you adopt a puppy?
Well, the first thing is letting it sink that you are about to make a 15-year (or so) commitment. Are you and your family willing and ready to take this new member in and care for them as much as they need for the next several years of your lives? If you are, then you are ready to interrogate other factors in the adoption process.
Before You Sign On The Dotted Line
Before you take them home, you will fill up paper work, failure of which will not impose harsh t1135 penalties on you. The shelter or breeder will draft the documents to be in compliance with the law and to be certain that you agree to your new responsibility.
Type Of Dog
The smaller toy dog breeds such as Chihuahua, Yorkshire terrier, and Maltese are a bit sensitive to touch especially when they are still too young. They will be ideal for a household with kids above 7 years, who will respect boundaries when the dog is in no mood for play. If yours is a younger family, the larger breeds will be better because they are patient and slow to bite. They actually make excellent baby sitters.
On the other end, an overzealous large breed such as Rottweiler will be a handful for the elderly, and so it’s a thin line.
Who Is The Primary Caretaker?
Now, this can be a tricky part. Parents are at work all day while the kids will be at school for the better part. Who takes care of the new family member? Before you give in to your child’s tearful promise to care for the dog, bear in mind that they are growing up and they will not be home for the span of the dog’s life.
You will need to seek input from all the family members and have them agree to care for the dog in turns. That will include bathing him, taking him for walks, and training him.
The Cost Of Adopting a Dog
This not only applies to the initial cost of obtaining the pup but also rearing into grown dogs. Depending on the type of dog you want and where you get them from you may not pay a dime. The shelter managers will only need assurance that the dog is going to a happy home. However, some well-bred pups will go for as much as $1,000.
Food, neutering or spaying, vaccines, vet bills and other small costs may accumulate to as much as $2,000 a year. Now, translate that to the dog’s expected 14-15 years. Before you commit, consider this cost so that you are not caught off guard.
In the end, the cost and efforts will be worth it. Dogs, being man’s best friend, are not short of loyalty and unconditional love.