Lets be honest… puppies are super cute and you shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting your own cuddly puppy. They are much more adaptable and are easier to train than older dogs, but looking after a puppy requires a lot of time and patience. They will need to be fully integrated into the family so that they feel comfortable and settle in quickly.
A Bernese Mountain Dog lying down with her puppies
Should I Get A Puppy If I Have Children? If you have children then a puppy is ideal, but it is important that you correct any behavioural mishaps early so that the puppy doesn’t develop negative traits from an early age. To find out more about dogs and children read our section here.
Should I Get A Puppy If I Work All Day? If you work all day, getting a puppy is probably not the best idea. They need a lot of care and attention for at least the first 8 months of their lives. As your puppy gets older he will require less time, but you must still provide him with the regular exercise and care he needs. To find out how to keep your dog happy whilst you’re at work follow this link and scroll down a little.
Should I Get A Puppy When I Have An Older Dog? It can be a great idea to get a new puppy to provide your dog with a friend. However, there are few things you need to consider. If a puppy is bounding with energy it might annoy an older dog. You will need to tire out the puppy before allowing it to settle with the older dog. If you are able to do this, the older dog will gradually begin to accept it into the pack, and may even adopt a parenting role. You should also never leave the puppy on it’s own without supervision. If there is a time when you can't be there to watch over him then you should tire him out and then put him in a dog crate to rest. To find out how to do this correctly, you can read our section on crate training a puppy.
Should I Get A Puppy Whilst Pregnant? Getting a puppy when you are pregnant can help reduce stress and anxiety but you need to ask yourself if you have enough time. Getting a puppy is a huge responsibility because they need constant care and attention. While you may have the time for this during your pregnancy, when your baby arrives you may not be able to provide the same level of care for your puppy. Having a puppy around a newborn could also be potentially dangerous as puppies have sharp teeth and can be known to nip. You also run the risk of your puppy, who so far has had your undivided attention, becoming jealous of your newborn. To find out more about whether you should get a dog before or after having a baby, follow this link and scroll down a little.