Getting a new puppy is a huge decision and commitment. It is the goal of this section to prepare you, your family, your home, and your wallet for a puppy.
"Do you have time for a puppy"
- How long will the puppy be alone in a day?
- 10-15 year commitment
- Daily time commitment
Puppies cost money... sometimes a lot, but if planning for a new addition, it is best to be prepared for expected and potentially unexpected costs.
Need help making a budget for your puppy? Click here
Before getting a puppy, it is important to get the people that will be living with the puppy together to discuss the following:
Best not to assume that everyone has the same expectations or experiences. It is important to keep an open mind and discussion about these topics.
A great place to start is the AKC breed selector. This tool is very helpful to select what type of dog fits with your current lifestyle and what you want to do with your puppy
Remember that there can be individual variations within a breed, but starting with a general characteristics is a great start.
Be sure to check your local laws and regulations (State, local, and housing) about breed restrictions and requirements before picking up your puppy.
It is important to shop where you are getting your puppy from. Some breeders advertise puppies that have less than ideal situations, and it is important not to support those who have unethical breeding practices or standards.
Click here for a list of questions to ask before purchasing or adopting a puppy.
Craigslist or puppy in a "for sale" box
- Typically, these are not experienced breeders
- Suspicious health history and difficult to contact after purchase
- Lack of information should be a red flag
- Be sure to hold anyone claiming to be a rescue to the same level as breeders
- Ask the same questions (listed above) that you would ask a breeder (on where the dog is from, how they obtain their animals, ask about vaccines and health history, and visit the facility)
- If suspicious, best not to purchase or adopt a dog from that rescue
Selecting a puppy from a litter can be extremely difficult. It is important to keep in mind what the goal is for your puppy (show, companion, sport, etc).
There are two broad categories to selecting a puppy:
1) Attitude and behavior
2) Conformation and health
For details on how to select a puppy, click here
In addition to buying/adopting your puppy, there is a lot of little things that you will need. For a list of these things, click here.
Area just for puppy
Pick up and clean the house
- shoes, socks, books, cleaning supplies, kids toys, electric cords... anything that fits in their mouth
- Common toxins
Things to consider:
- Experience doctors and staff
- Hours of operation
- Distance from home
- Services provided (surgery, emergency, etc)
- Average cost for things such as exam, vaccines, and spay/neuter
- Availability of appointments
Getting a puppy is so exciting! However, for your puppy, it's an exciting but difficult day. This is a huge transition for your puppy so it is important to try to make it as smooth as possible with these tips:
The training starts as soon as the puppy comes home. Things like potty training starts right away. Focus on keeping the first few days low stress for the pup as he adjusts to the new home.
Click here for tips on training
Purchase/Adoption fees- The costs of acquiring a puppy can vary significantly depending on the breed and/or quality.
Medical expensesDepending on your area, veterinary care prices will vary. Call the local veterinary hospital for estimated cost of exam, vaccines, and spay/neuter to get a baseline of costs differences between clinics- Emergency/Illness Treatment
- Pet insurance
1) Attitude and Behavior
2) Confirmation and health