Thinking About Adopting a Puppy? Read This.

Having a puppy is a big time and financial commitment. So, just like when making any big life decision, you should do your research before adopting a puppy. Consider the information below before making any steps in the adoption process.

Ask Yourself: Are You Ready for a Pet?

Are you ready to have a dog? Before you answer that, ask yourself these questions to help decipher if it’s the right time to adopt:

  • What does your work schedule look like?
  • How much space do you have for them?
  • Will you have time to walk, train, and groom them?
  • Do you or anyone else in your household have any allergies?
  • Can you afford the added expenses?

Understand the Costs of Having a Dog

Being ready for a dog and being able to afford one are totally different things. Even if you adopt your dog, you still have to pay additional expenses. Check out this short list of fees associated with pet adoption:

  • Spaying or neutering: $300-$450
  • Food: $20-$80 per month
  • Must-haves like a collar, leash, ID tag, toys, bones, beds, and crate: $100-$300
  • Vet checkups and vaccinations: $150+ per year
  • Heartworm medication: $70+ per year
  • Flea and tick prevention: $130+ per year
  • Grooming appointments or at-home bathing, nail trimming, etc.: $20-$100+ per every 6-8 weeks
  • Training classes: $125+ per month

Other expenses may include special cleaning products for hardwood and carpets, gates to stop your pup from entering certain spaces, travel accessories, and additional vet visits and medication.

Are You Okay with Messiness?

Puppies aren’t exactly neat! They drool, shed, make messes, chew on things, and have “accidents” from time to time. So before adopting, be sure you won’t mind cleaning up after them.

Know That All Breeds Are Not Created Equal

Every dog is different, so you should research the various personality traits and requirements for different breeds to determine what puppy is right for you. For example, if you don’t think you’ll have time to walk your pup multiple times a day, you may want to stick with a less active and more independent breed. The tricky thing with adopting from a shelter or rescue is that you might not know what breed you’re taking home.

Ask a Lot of Questions

Don’t be shy! Adoption agencies and shelters get hit with a ton of questions all the time. It’s normal and shows that you’ve come prepared to make a calculated decision that’s right for both you and the dog. You’ll definitely want to ask whether they are trained, have specific medical needs, or have developed any behavior issues. Make a list of questions beforehand, so you’re extra prepared.

Do you have any tips for adopting a puppy? Share them with us in the comments below!

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