How to Prepare for a New Puppy

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Pets enhance the quality of people’s lives and there’s nothing quite like a cuddly new puppy. While the prospect of an adorable furry friend is exciting, there are a few things to consider before you make the leap. 

Plan Ahead

Make sure you’ve done your homework. Puppies require a lot of attention, and everyone in the household needs to be on board. Make sure no one is allergic and if there’s any chance that people may be, see if they can meet the potential new pup first.

If you travel frequently, make sure someone will be able to petsit or look into pet boarding Tomball TX. You’ll also want to have the needed supplies on hand before you bring your new best friend home. 

Ask Yourself Why 

Be certain you’re ready to provide the care and commitment required to train and attend to the needs of a baby animal. Puppies are cute, but they’re also work. While their energy levels decrease over time, they can quickly become exhausting. Older dogs are typically housebroken and calmer. If you choose to adopt a rescue, you’ll also be helping out a shelter and giving an adult dog a new lease on life.

Know Your Type

Once you’ve decided a dog is definitely right for you, consider your options when it comes to breed, size and temperament. If you live in a tiny apartment, a smaller, less active dog may be a better fit than an energetic, rambunctious breed. If you’re looking to cut down on vacuuming, poodles or other hypoallergenic breeds with a lower shedding profile can be a good pick.

Pet ownership is a big responsibility with big rewards. Knowing your reasons for wanting a puppy and doing your research can ensure you’ll be happy with your decision for the many years to come with your faithful companion.  

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