Getting a puppy to share your home is possibly one of the best decisions you are going to make. But before you take the ultimate step to welcome him home, you must be able to tell if you are ready to take on all that responsibility or not.
And as it so happens, it’s not as easy as it looks.
On the surface, getting a pup may seem easy, but there are many factors you would need to consider. Let’s delve deeper to find out if you are ready for a puppy.
You have free time in your hands
Puppies are demanding creatures and it would take ample time on your part to bond with them, train them, pay them attention… the list goes on.
So before getting a pup aboard, ask yourself if you can spare half an hour everyday to take your pup to the park, spend time with him playing, teaching him tricks.
If the answer is yes, then it’s time to bring your friend home.
You have open space around you
Puppies need space to run around, play and explore their surroundings for their emotional and physical wellbeing.
Therefore, if you have a garden or backyard, it’s highly ideal for a puppy.
A puppy will need to exercise and play everyday for a healthy growing up period. So ensure you have that outdoor space before you get a pup.
You are financially ready
Puppies need more than just your time and love. They need proper and nutritious food, medicines and trips to the vet when they fall sick, toys and general items to lead a comfortable life etc.
These are bound to take a toll on your bank balance.
Make sure that you are ready to take on the financial responsibility to support a pup along with spending time with him and providing him the right environment for growing up.
You wish to nurture someone
This is more of an instinct and a certain way to know if you need to bring a pet in your home.
If you feel like you are responsible enough to be able to take care of someone/something other than yourself and your own needs, a puppy could be the right option for you, given than you love dogs and are drawn towards them.
You are fine with a little less “spotless” home: If you are a cleanliness freak and can’t stand a moment in a somewhat dirty home, getting a puppy could take a toll on your own health and well being.
While it’s definitely hygienic and good to want a sparkling clean home, a puppy can make a mess time to time and you must be able to deal with it patiently.
Getting your house ready for puppy isn’t a task as much as maintaining it that spotless when the pup has arrived. So ensure that you are okay with a little less perfect home more often with a puppy in the house.
You aren’t too attached to “things”
Your puppy could go on a chewing spree soon after arriving home.
Are you fine with enduring that?
Pups chew on furniture, shoes, socks, toys or anything they feel like sinking their teeth into.
So if you are far too attached to handle a chewed up cushion or your favorite toy, a puppy isn’t ideal in that scenario.
But if you are perfectly okay with this and don’t mind things ruined much, and most importantly, your need for a pup is more than your attachment to things, it’s time to bring your pup home.
You are ready for a serious relationship
It is one thing to pet your neighbor’s dog and another to have a puppy of your own.
You will be bringing someone home who will need your constant attention and care, love and time when they are sick and otherwise.
If you feel great at the idea of sharing your life with someone and receive unconditional love for the next 10-15 years, then a puppy is the right companion for you.
You can’t stop thinking about bringing a pup home
Sometimes, it’s the constant emotion you feel about things that can decide the next course of action.
If you find yourself constantly thinking about having a puppy by your side, perhaps you should go with the flow and make arrangements for bringing one home.
It’s a clear sign that you are ready for puppy.
You are done with your research
If you are someone who has already done every bit of research on canines, perhaps the only thing you lack is a doggo in your home!
Dogs come in different breeds and in all shapes and sizes, they lead different lifestyles according to the breed they belong to, have different needs for food and outdoor space. If you have already done your research and know what you are stepping into, go for it.
You love dogs
No matter what breed your puppy is, how small or big, no matter the lifestyle it demands, one thing that all dogs have in common is their need for your constant care, attention and love.
If you believe you have that love in your heart for canines, then a canine is what you must get. After all, a puppy only makes your home a better place to live.