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Taking Care of a Puppy

Puppies. They just might be the cutest things on the planet – if not tied with or second to kittens. The jury’s still out on that one. Having a puppy can be a blast, but it can also be quite a challenge. They require a lot of training and hard work, and they’re not for everyone. You have to have the patience, the time, and an accommodating lifestyle in order to properly take care of a puppy if you want it to grow into an obedient and healthy adult dog. Is getting a puppy worth it? Absolutely. But it’s much easier when you have an idea of what you’re getting into. To help better prepare you for your future puppy ownership, here’s a list of helpful tips.

  1. Find the right breed for you. There are an incredible amount of dog breeds out there, and they’re all very unique in their personalities, traits, and needs. It’s extremely important to research dog breeds beforehand to make sure you get a puppy that’s right for you and your family. Petfinder has a lot of information about different dog breeds, and is a great website to use in your search for a compatible dog.
  2. Seriously consider getting your puppy spayed or neutered. Unless you’re in the dog breeding business (in which case you probably already have a lot of puppies), getting your puppy spayed or neutered is the best way to go. Along with keeping your pet from reproducing, there are actually quite a few health benefits that come from the procedure for both males and females. (For a list of health benefits, see Dog Care Columbus.)
  3. Talk to others who have gotten a puppy. Finding someone who has the same breed of dog you want to get is even better. While there’s definitely a lot of information online about how to take care of a puppy (you’re reading a source right now), talking to someone you know face to face about it is a great way to be prepared. Oftentimes owners learn things as they go and might have a lot of advice to give you that you might not otherwise find. Plus, once you get a puppy, it’s great to already have another dog ready for them to play with.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s a great place to start. Regardless of what type of dog you decide to get, get ready to welcome what’s bound to be an important part of your family into your home.

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