5 Signs You’re Ready for A New Puppy

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Do you find yourself looking at pictures of your dream puppy? Do you enjoy going to your pet store to play with puppies all the time? If so, it sounds like you want a new puppy! Puppies are the greatest friends you’ll ever have. Along with being cute and cuddly, our four-legged friends always express […]

Do you find yourself looking at pictures of your dream puppy? Do you enjoy going to your pet store to play with puppies all the time? If so, it sounds like you want a new puppy!

Puppies are the greatest friends you’ll ever have. Along with being cute and cuddly, our four-legged friends always express their unconditional love and friendship.

Whether you’ve had a long day at work or need a buddy to snuggle with, a puppy will always be there for you. 

Of course, while you may want a fluffy friend to cherish, caring for a puppy is a different story. Having a puppy is a lifelong responsibility—one that takes up your time and effort. Sometimes, it may even take up some of your patience.

Make sure you’re able to care for a puppy before scheduling a trip to the pet store. Caring for a puppy involves cleaning up after their messes, going out for walks, taking them to the vet, and more.

Are you ready to take on the challenge of caring for a puppy? If you aren’t sure, here are 5 signs that you’re ready for puppy parenthood!

1. You have time to train your puppy. 

A cute Cocker Spaniel puppy putting its paw on their owner's hand for training.

A puppy is just like a baby. They’re curious, mischievous, and sometimes, a little fussy. They require a lot of time and attention from you. And since they’re learning about the world, you’ll have to practice some patience with them.

When you bring home a new puppy, invest some time into potty training and basic obedience as soon as possible. We suggest training your puppy the moment they’re home with you.

That way, your puppy knows the rules of the house and the behaviors you want from them. 

Puppy socialization is another essential part of your fur-baby’s development. You’ll need to socialize your puppy slowly. Only introduce them to other humans and pets in controlled settings so they don’t become overwhelmed.

With time and consistency, your puppy will get used to interacting with familiar guests, pets, and even strangers. 

By house training your new puppy early, you ensure that he or she grows up to be a well-behaved dog. This is a lifetime process so if you have the time, you’re definitely ready.

2. You’re very active. 

A Jack Russell Terrier puppy walking outside with their owner while on a leash.

Training your puppy is just one piece of the puzzle. Puppies also need regular exercise to be happy and healthy. 

Every puppy’s exercise needs depend on its breed type. For example, most dogs in the Sporting and Herding dog groups are high-energy breeds that require constant activity. Other dog groups like Terriers need only moderate exercise to feel happy. 

Active, high-energy dog breeds also demand more attention than others. Without enough quality time with their owners, these puppies may grow bored and destructive.

Even if you go for a low-maintenance, laidback dog breed, playtime and exercise are two essential activities you must dedicate some time to. Engaging in play teaches your puppy important lessons on socialization, including how to get along with others. 

Exercise keeps your puppy physically fit and engaged in an activity. Maintaining a routine that allows you to play and exercise your puppy is a key part of puppy care. 

You can also mentally stimulate your four-legged friend with brain games. Brain games like puzzles and scavenger hunts serve to challenge your puppy’s sense and intelligence. 

If your puppy plays brain games regularly, you’ll see a huge difference in its ability to learn new commands and tricks. 

Are you leading an active lifestyle? Your next exercise buddy could be a fluffy but mischievous puppy!

3. You’re financially ready. 

An adorable Labrador Retriever puppy held by their owner while outside.

Consider your financial situation before taking a puppy home. Are you ready to provide your puppy with a lifetime of food, toys, vet visits, cleaning supplies, and more? 

Remember: puppies incur financial expenses for their entire lives. Sudden emergencies can also happen, leading to unexpected vet bills. You may choose to buy pet insurance to help you pay for some of the vet costs. 

Puppies also need food and toys. Once their doggy bowls start to get rusty, you’ll need to purchase another higher-quality set. 

Many toys break apart or become too old for puppies to play with. These items need to be replaced as well. 

If you’re financially prepared to handle a new puppy, be sure you’ll also always be ready for the unexpected!

4. Everyone in your household is ready. 

A small and cute puppy introduced to their new family for the first time.

If you have a family, live with a significant other, or have a roommate, it’s only polite to let them know there’s a new furry friend who’ll be joining in. 

You’ll need to decide who will help you provide care and love for your puppy if any. Your puppy may be small but they have the capacity to change your life in a big way. Being on the same page with other members of your house prevents problems in the future. 

Let your housemates or family members know right away. Just gather everyone together to discuss getting a new puppy. Make a thorough plan of puppy-related responsibilities that each person in your family or home has to complete. 

Set the puppy rules with the rest of your family members so that your furbaby’s training is consistent. 

Last but not least, be sure your other pets are okay with having another pet in your home. Many dogs are used to being the “baby” of the family so they may not welcome a cuddly puppy taking over their spotlight. 

Some breeds are also naturally wary of strangers, including new pets. Think about your current dog’s personality and interactions with other dogs before you bring home a puppy. 

The last thing you want is for a dog fight to break out. So think carefully about your dog and base your decision on that!

5. You’ve done a lot of research. 

A cute Pug puppy sitting next to their owner who is on their laptop.

The most important part of bringing a new puppy home is doing research. Research that special dog breed you can’t keep your mind off of. 

Search for information about their personality, typical size, what they look like as full-grown adults, and what lifestyle suits them the best. 

We know research takes effort but it’s always worth doing! When you perform research, you ensure you bring home the best dog for you, your family, and your home. 

It also helps prepare for your puppy’s homecoming since you’re also researching the kind of dog food, toys, veterinarians, cleaning supplies, and other essential items your puppy will need.

Being a puppy parent requires hard work and dedication. It’s always a good idea to be fully ready for the surprises that come with owning an adorable furry friend! 

If you’ve decided you’re ready to have a puppy, we guarantee you’ll have a furever friend that’ll bring you a world of joy and happiness for a lifetime. 

Although puppies are a lot of work, it’s worth all of the puppy kisses and unconditional love you’ll receive for the rest of your life!

Check out our blogs, Cavachon: A Puppy You’ll Forever Love and Toy Poodle: A Puppy You’ll Forever Love to learn about different puppy breeds that may be right for you!