5 Things to Know Before Getting a Puppy
Recently, Matt and I took the plunge (we have been wanting a dog since day one!) and got Kobe, a super-fluffy and so-soft Kobe. We are absolutely obsessed with him and he has fit in perfectly with our tiny little family. That said, we purposely waited till after our wedding and honeymoon to get him because we knew how much time and energy a puppy required. Although maybe it was a little crazy that he came home with us the DAY after our honeymoon, ha! Either way, we’re in love and couldn’t be happier.
Here are some of the things you should consider before getting a puppy:
KEEP YOUR LIFESTYLE IN MIND
When choosing a specific breed, do your research. I would ask a ton of questions and read up on the type of puppy you’re interested in. For example, if you live in an apartment, I wouldn’t suggest a dog that needs a lot of physical activity around the clock. Or if you have children, I would be sure to choose a breed that is more tolerant of children and people. Last but not least, if you work a ton of travel a lot, I would suggest waiting to get a dog. They need so much love and attention and it just isn’t fair if they’re in the house alone all day. All they want is to be with you!
YOUR SLEEP WILL BE AFFECTED
I’ve written about the fact that I am someone who needs a full night’s sleep before, so the lack of sleep that comes with getting a new puppy has been tough. Lucky for me, Matt deals with most of the nighttime bathroom breaks, etc, but I still want to help and be involved as much as possible. Right now, we’re crate training, so that’s been helping with the sleep factor, but there are still times when we need to take him out.
PUPPY PROOFING IS ESSENTIAL
Before Matt and I brought Kobe home, we made sure to puppy-proof our space. First of all, we have a white couch (haha). Next, since puppies chew on everything, we made sure to keep books, cords and electronics, shoes, and other valuables at higher levels so he couldn’t get to them. Lastly is potty training – find what works for you, whether it’s a backyard, balcony with fake grass, patio, or walk downstairs to a grassy area in your neighborhood.
PSA: having a dog is expensive! Matt and I made sure to work the cost of our new family member into our budget before getting him, but I’ve been surprised at everything having a dog entails: vet bills (routine care like vaccines, check ups, flea and heartworm prevention, and spaying or neutering), food, toys, grooming, treats, etc! We also are making sure to get pet insurance just in case of an emergency – puppies get sick and accidents happen, just like humans. Oh, and if you work a lot, a dog walker is another cost you’ll have to factor into your budget.
IT’S KEY TO HAVE GOOD COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR PARTNER
Matt and I thought long and hard about the breed we wanted and the time that worked for us to bring a puppy home. It’s essential to make sure your partner is willing to contribute to caring for your new pup because you both will be responsible at different times. House training a dog requires serious communication – it will honestly only work if all parties involved are on the same page. Another factor I want to add is that Matt and I have to be strategic about coordinating our day with one another so we know when the other person will be home to take him out, feed him, play with him, etc.
I hope these tips help any of you who are thinking about getting a puppy in the near future! They’re a ton of work, but it’s worth it!