Children are certainly a handful for new parents. The endless number of uncertainties and questions before they are born is somehow even less than what arises after the birth. As they grow their needs and wishes are constantly changing. While every child is an individual, many children, at some point, want to have their own puppy. This can be a parent’s nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow a few simple steps to help with your planning.
First, make sure you have time to take care of an animal. It may seem like all fun and games, but there is a lot of time, effort, and money needed to raise a dog. Your new pet will require attention everyday for feeding, training, and companionship. Food will not be the only purchase, but also toys, dishes, accessories, and of course those very costly vet bills. If you are sure you have the time and money, then take the next step and decide if a dog can live in your home.
If you are in a small apartment of condo, it may not be the best idea to get a dog. Dogs need lots of room to run around, play, and exercise. If active dogs, like a German shepherd pups, are left inside all day they will become unhappy. The best home for a dog is one that has a large yard. It is preferable if the yard is fenced in or in another way enclosed. This way, if you are outside playing, the dog cannot run away easily. A common mistake that people make is leaving the gate open. Dogs are smart and can often figure out how to unlatch a simple gate. If you do not have a large yard it is best if there is a dog park or other area that you can use for recreation.
Additionally, dogs are naturally clumsy animals prone to waking into things and inadvertently making a mess. If you have many breakable things in your home such as, glass vases, potted plants, artwork, or sculptures, beware that these item may meet their demise at the end of your pup’s tail. On the other hand, if you have childproofed your home there is a good chance that a dog will also be safe living there. Dogs and small children are alike in the fact that they will always get into trouble if there is an opportunity.
Having a pet is one of the major life decisions many people have to make. So, when it is your turn, take a few moments to think before you buy. Make sure you have the time required to properly take care of the needs of your dog. Also be certain that you have the financial resources to pay vet bills. Lastly, closely examine your home to be certain it will be safe for your new companion.