Guide to Puppy Ownership
Many people get excited with the idea of owning a puppy. 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.
There are a lot of responsibilities in owning a dog. This is because puppies are dependent creatures and they rely on their owners to give them daily sustenance. Most of the days, you attention is centered around you dog, and when you make schedules or activities for yourself, you will soon need to include the dog in it. You should let him out once in a while and take time to walk with him. When you own a dog you will also give second thoughts about going away on a vacation or sending the night out without making a plan and including the puppy in it. Someone should be assigned to care for your dog if you plan to go away on a trip for some days. If there is no one available to take care of your dog while you are away, then you should look for a dog boarding facility where you can leave him for a few days. Remember that dogs demand a lot of attention so you will have to be willing to give them your time and your love. 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. If you are working full time and you need to leave your dog hours on end, then you should not even attempt to buy one. You can get a dog especially if you work at home, or if you have to go out to work, then you should leave someone there during the day to care for your pet.
Puppy expenses do not stop at the time of purchase. 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. A dog walker is also needed to walk your pet in case you can do I yourself. Another source of expenses is when you need to go away and you have to hire a dog walker to do the walking f you. Pet insurance is another expensive item in your expense lists.