Bringing home a puppy is a once-in-a-lifetime experience… and a life-long commitment! Here’s a handy guide to help you choose the right puppy for your home.
So you’ve finally decided that the pet you want is a dog. Make sure to have considered all the pros and cons of getting a new pet before you take on the responsibility. Bringing home a pup is a once in a lifetime experience. Even if you’ve had dogs before, do bear in mind that each dog is unique!
Here are some simple ways to help you choose the right pup.
- What kind of surfaces do the pups have access to? The mother instinctively teaches her pups to leave the nest when they need to eliminate. A good, knowledgeable breeder will ensure the mother has different surface areas to do the same. This teaches pups to not eliminate on the surfaces they sleep on very early on in life and very easily as well. They immediately distinguish between hard, tile surface as non-soiling and grass/mud as a place to eliminate.
- If you have another animal at home, talk to the breeder to understand what kind of socialising the pups have been exposed to.
- While choosing specific breeds, understand the breed before making a choice. Some breeds are meant to be guard dogs, they will bark. Some breeds are meant to be companion dogs and they may not always be the kind to alert you when someone is at your door. Some breeds are great with children, some not so much. Some breeds cope better in packs than alone. Choose wisely, according to what you want.
- Some breeds have higher maintenance than others. Educate yourself completely.
- Check grooming needs of dogs and understand what your future pet will need.
- Also ensure nobody at home has any known allergies, or else choose a breed that is hypoallergenic.
- Please be responsible and avoid dogs that are not fit for your local weather conditions.
- Ensure that the pup you want to take home is completely healthy and has been given vaccines as per schedule. Never separate the pup from the mother before the first 50 to 60 days. These days are crucial and the mother dog also teaches them important lessons like toilet training, bite inhibition etc.
- Ensure you visit the puppies at least twice or thrice at different times before making a final choice. This will ensure that you get to know them a little better. One that was sleeping the first meeting may finally be the one you choose when you meet the third time. Give the process some time. A good breeder will be equally patient with you and encourage the same.
- Finally, if you feel you are not able to make a choice, don’t be afraid to seek help from a reputed canine behaviour expert. A good behaviourist will help you find the right pup to suit your lifestyle.
Keeping in mind the above will definitely ensure the right choice of a pup. Together, you can both have your happily ever after!