New puppy care! Nothing quite so exciting and at the same time challenging as the day you decided to bring a new puppy home. Puppy raising seems like a daunting task to new or even experience dog owners. NPCG is here to help with simple, to-the-point instructions.
Each year, millions of households around the world adopt a dog. The following year, half of those households surrender their dogs (often puppies) to shelters where most of them will be put to sleep. Clearly, the gap between wanting and doing needs to be filled. The main reason for this discrepancy is often the lack of understanding between both parties.
To start off the relationship on the right foot, a new puppy should never be adopted on impulse or given as a 'surprise' present. The decision should be discussed and agreed by all members of your family.
Before you commit yourself to a new puppy, consider the following ;
Inevitable expense of puppy care.
Keeping a dog is costly, especially a new puppy. From the initial purchase of housing and accessories to the mounting cost of feeding as the puppy grows bigger and everything else in-between. Buying of insurance, veterinary care from time to time, cost of vaccinations and boarding kennels (puppy-sitting) when you need to go abroad.
Puppies often grow up to be large dogs.
Puppyhood last about two years for most breeds. By the end of year one, many will reach maximum size of a full adult. Each year, thousands of the larger breeds are abandoned or re-homed when owners realize that their homes are too small for their once tiny puppy.
Researching how large your new puppy will grow to, the space she needs to live comfortably both for her and your family is a vital step in preparation for new puppy care.
Dogs are pack animals.
By that new-puppy-care-guide.com (NPCG) does not encourage anyone especially new owners to take up a whole pack of new puppies. In fact quite the opposite, one is more than enough as anymore will require alot more of your time, attention and resources (think number of puppies multiply by effort and resources).
Commitment to take on a puppy should only be made if someone will be at home for a good part of the day. Puppies need company and are unhappy if they are left too much on their own.
As you spend time exercising, training, playing and grooming your puppy daily, she will grow to consider herself part of the 'pack' in your family. Preferably with you as the pack leader!
Are you overly house-proud?
A potential puppy parent should accept the stains and smells associated with a puppy. Accidental damage to property and some dog hairs around the house can be manage but not totally avoidable through regular grooming and proper behavior training. After-all, a new puppy is just a baby!
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