Guide to Puppy Ownership
It is something exciting to think of having a puppy at home. There are many dog lovers in the world, and there are those who get really envious when they meet a person walking a dog down the street or in the park and they resolve to get one also for themselves. You should ask yourself some important questions if you want to have a puppy of your own.
Owning a dog entails a lot of responsibilities. Puppies cannot fend for themselves and so they are dependent on their owners to give them food and water every day. Your life has to include your dog in everything you do and so when you are making plans you need to consider him in everything you do. You should allow your dog to go outside once in a while and walk him down the street or in the park. Dog ownership also involves planning for the dog’s days if you have plans of going on a vacation for some days. So if you are really going away for a vacation then you should be responsible enough to contact someone who can take care of your pet while you are away. If there is no one to delegate the job to, you can put your puppy in a dog boarding facility. Dogs really demand the attention of their owners so you should be willing to give them what they need. You should personally give them their food and take time to play with them outdoors.
Dogs are not like cats who are independent; dogs look for human attention especially when they are left alone for awhile. Dogs have more needs than cats and it is not possible to leave them for long periods of time. Full time workers who need to leave their pets all by themselves should remove the idea of having a dog from their minds. But if your work is at home or there is somebody to be with the dog during the day, then it is alright to get yourself a dog.
The payment for the puppy is not the only expense you will incur for buying one. You will also have to consider other expenses like food, vet bills, flea and tick medication, and vaccinations. You need to buy a weekly supply of food, toys, bowls for food and water, and a bed. Another expense is for hiring a dog walker when you are away from home. You need to pay for boarding facilities if you are going away for a while. You should also add pet insurance to your expenses.