Before You Buy
Caring for a puppy is not just a financial investment, but also an emotional and time-consuming commitment. Getting a dog requires a lifestyle change. A dog, particularly a puppy, must receive daily care. This means proper diet, grooming, exercise, and veterinary visits.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a dog.
- Does my career and social life allow the time to raise and care for a dog?
- How many hours a day will my dog be left alone?
- If I cannot be home one evening, can I find someone else to walk the dog?
Raising a puppy is a huge financial undertaking and certainly involves much more than just a one-time fee. You must keep in mind the plethora of expenses that occur prior to bringing your puppy home and after. Don’t forget that your puppy will entail a 10-15-year commitment, too. Your puppy will need proper care: food, vet visits, and supplies (food bowls, collar, leash and toys).