The idea of owning a puppy is so appealing to so many of us. We’re a nation of dog lovers, and when you see pooches in the street or in the park, it can make you desperate to have one of your own. If you are considering buying a puppy, it’s a good idea to ask some questions first.

Black and White Puppy

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Are you ready for the responsibility?

Owning a dog comes with a lot of responsibility. Your new pup will be dependent on you for food and water, and you’ll have to plan your days around him; letting him out and making time to go for walks. When you have a dog, you can’t just book a weekend away or go away for the night without making plans first. You’ll need to ask a friend or neighbor to dog sit for you or put your furry friend in a kennel. Dogs need a lot of attention, and you have to be willing to give them your time and love, as well as being there to put their food out or throw a stick for them in the garden.

Do you spend enough time at home?

Dogs are not like cats. Cats are often very independent, and they don’t pine for human attention when they’re left alone for a while. Dogs are needier, and you can’t leave them for long periods of time. If you work full-time and there’s nobody at home from early in the morning until the evening, it’s not fair to have a dog. If you can work from home or there’s somebody around most of the time, this is much more favorable.

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Are you aware of the costs involved?

When you buy a puppy, you’re not just making a one-off payment. There are lots of other costs you may need to consider, including vet bills, flea and tick medication, and vaccinations. You’ll also need to buy food every week, and you’ll need some toys, food and water bowls, and a bed. If there are days when you’re not at home, you may be thinking about hiring a dog walker, which will also cost money. If you like to go away on vacations, you’ll also need to think about paying for boarding facilities. There are also pet insurance fees to add into the mix.

Cute Puppy

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Do you have the room?

Even small dogs need space at home, and it’s beneficial for them to have access to an outdoor area. If you live in a small flat in the city with no green areas in sight, it may not be a great idea to get a dog at the moment.

Cute Puppy

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If you’re thinking about getting a puppy, there’s a lot to consider. Think carefully about whether you’re ready to care for a new pup and whether a new member of the family would fit into your lifestyle. Make sure you’re aware of how much it costs to own a dog and what ownership entails. There will be plenty of highs and lots of slobbery snuggles along the way, but there will also be lows, especially as you’re training your puppy. If you’re not ready for a few sleepless nights and slippers with holes in, it may be best to wait.

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