5 Things No One Tells You About Getting a Puppy

Introducing a puppy to your home can be one of the best things you’ve ever done in your life, yet at the same time, it can also be rather stressful. Puppies are undeniably cute and lovable, but they require a lot of your time and energy - much like a human baby!

You’re probably reading this because you’re thinking of getting a puppy in your life. Before you do, it’s worth learning about the things many dog owners won’t tell you about raising a new puppy in your family home. Here are some examples of what you need to know:

1. You’ll Stop Having a Social Life for a While

If you think that you can leave your puppy at home alone while you go out and socialize for a few hours, you are very much mistaken! Puppies need lots of care and attention, even if they are just under a year old.

When you get a puppy, someone will always need to be at home with your dog as they will experience separation anxiety and howl your house down.

2. You and Your Puppy Will Need Lots of Training

You may have had a dog when you were growing up. But, that sadly doesn’t make you fully qualified to look after a puppy and nurture your new canine companion as they grow into an adult dog.

That’s why you’ll need to invest in a puppy trainer to give both your puppy and yourself proper training and guidance. Simply watching a few videos on how to care for a new puppy isn’t enough.

3. Teething Isn’t Just a Human Baby Thing

As with humans, puppies have baby teeth that eventually wobble and come up, with adult teeth taking their place. Depending on your puppy’s age, you could potentially go through the teething process twice before they become an adult dog.

What that means for you is your new canine friend will chew anything and everything in sight. Keep anything like shoes out of sight and reach. Otherwise, you’ll need to spend a lot of money buying new footwear each month!

4. Puppies Are Expensive

When you bring a puppy into your family home, you’ll need to pay for a lot of rising expenses like specialist dog food, vaccine shots, check-ups, and, of course, a truck-load of toys that they will destroy in around 24 hours.

You’ll also need to pay for things like insurance, dental care, and grooming; the list goes on! But, you’re willing to spend the money because you love your new puppy.

5. Your Puppy Will Be Like Your Shadow

Last but not least, it doesn’t matter what breed of puppy you get; the one thing all young dogs have in common is they are needy. Like human babies, they are trying to make sense of the world and will become anxious and upset if you leave them alone.

You’ll need to keep in mind that your puppy will be like your shadow and seldom leave your side.

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