Today we had the adoption of puppy Pat who didn’t have long to wait at the SPA for a forever home. Some are not so lucky and although we prefer pups to go into foster than stay at the SPA, there simply are not enough puppy fosterers available.
Puppies are a huge, in fact lifetime commitment and before you take one on you really should consider several facts.
Do you really want a puppy?
Puppies are super adorable, but they are also little devils who pee, poo and chew. If you don’t have the time or energy to deal with housetraining or the natural bounciness of puppies, consider getting an adult dog.
Do you have time for a puppy?
Puppies need a lot of attention, and if you want house training to work, they need to be taken out regularly. If you work in an office for eight or nine hours a day, consider what you are going to do with your pup when you’re gone. Will you be able to come home at lunch to take your dog for a short walk? If not, can you afford a dog walker or have a friend pop by? Its not practical to leave a pup home alone for hours on end and a bored pup can cause havoc!
Is your home puppy proofable?
If you like your home to be pristine and spotless, a pup is not for you. Especially in the first year, your puppy will try to chew on everything she can get her mouth on (including furniture, books, and electrical cords), and she’ll manage to go to the bathroom in in extremely inconvenient places. Be sure that that’s something you can handle.
Are you physically able for a pup?
Most dogs, especially when they’re young, need to be walked—a lot—for a number of reasons: Walking helps them burn energy and stay healthy, it gives them lots of time to train on the leash, and it gives them vital exposure to other people, other pets, weird smells and sights, and unexpected noises. They also need training. Are you willing and able to spend a lot of time walking/training a pup?
Is everyone in the family onboard?
If you have a hubby or significant other, you need to make sure that they are happy to have a puppy in your home, and that they are willing to contribute to pet care—because, inevitably, they will be called upon to help out with your dog. House training (and dog training in general) requires really consistent routines and rules, and it will only work if everyone in your household is on board.
If you can answer yes to all of these points them do keep an eye on our faceook page for available pups. You can also let us know that you are looking for one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org