What To Know Before Getting A Puppy

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Are you thinking about adding a fur baby to your family?  They are so cute and fluffy and lovable not to mention a friend whenever you need one.

Without a doubt, dogs are great companions for everyone from infants to seniors. There are so many benefits to owning a dog from mental to physical it is remarkable the things that dogs can do for humans.

Do You Know what to know before getting a puppy?  As cute and fun as puppies are they are also a lot of work and dedication.

As absolutely wonderful as pet ownership is and can be the fact does remain that it’s just not for everyone. This post is an attempt to ensure that more people are aware of what to know before getting a puppy.


What To Know Before Getting A Puppy

Rent or Own:

If you are a fellow home renter then first things first, you will need to contact your landlord to find out if you are allowed to have pets.  A  lot of rentals allow a pet with an extra pet deposit without the pet deposit no pet allowed.

If you are able to have a dog some places only allow small dogs or up to a certain weight so be sure you ask about all of the pet restrictions.

When apartments allow dogs usually they will have a designated area to take your pooch to go potty. No matter where your puppy goes you have to pick up after your puppy every time they poop.

Most importantly you need to ask yourself if you are a renter and have to move at some point will you be able to find another place that will allow your fur baby.

When you do own a pet and rent it is harder and takes more time to find nice places that are pet-friendly. My husband and I stayed in our fifth wheel for close to a year trying to find a place that would allow our big dogs.

Sadly most rentals even the ones that are pet-friendly are leery about a big dog let alone two big dogs. Lucky for us our niece ended up having one of her rentals open up with a fenced yard and my babies love their home inside and out.

What to know before getting a puppy

For me moving without my fur babies is not an option and honestly shouldn’t be for any pet owner no matter the obstacles. It was a tight fit with the five of us in the camper and at least two hours every day was spent playing ball and running around.

It is important to completely understand that when you decide to take in a dog or cat or any pet it should be a lifelong commitment an average of 15 years.

You are your pets everything and passing them off to strangers is not fair to your fur baby. All they know is the human they know and love left them.

If you are a house owner well then you are the rule maker and have no landlord to ask. You should, however, ask yourself if you are willing to commit to sharing your life for the next 15 years with a dog that will depend on you every day.


Now that you are sure you are allowed to have a fur baby in your home, what you should know before getting a puppy is that life as you know it will not be the same when you bring a puppy home for many reasons that you should be absolutely sure that you and your family are ok with.

  • You should be absolutely sure that neither you or anyone in your home is allergic to dogs
  • If you aren’t  CONSISTENT with your house training it WILL NOT HAPPEN, the only one to blame is you, everything in a new puppy’s life is new so unless you take the time to teach and show them patiently they aren’t going to learn
  • Expect to have to wake at least once in the night for a few months to let him/her out for potty, as they get older they will be able to hold it longer and won’t have to go in the night.
  •  ur puppy’s life will be quite time-consuming. Training your puppy to be a well behaved socialized adult  dog will require daily consistency and patience
  • You shouldn’t leave a dog alone for more then 8 hours, we actually don’t leave ours for more than 4 hours if we know we will both be gone longer than 4 hours I have a couple of sitters I trust enough to be alone in our home taking care of our fur babies. Other options would be a doggy daycare or a dog walker.
  • Exercising and socializing daily are what I believe are the keys to having a well-behaved dog. These two things are a daily must in your dog’s life in order to have a balanced healthy dog.
  •  Of course, missing a day from time to time for one reason or another happens and some dogs don’t require as much exercise as others but all dogs do require some amount of exercise and every dog should be socialized with other humans and dogs a couple of times a week, every week for all of their lives.
  • Before bringing a puppy home you will definitely want to puppy proof your home, for help on what puppy-proofing your home consists of I have written aa checklist for puppy-proofing your home. Believe me, doing so will save a lot of headaches for you.
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The Best Fit:

If you find you are able to have a pet in your home next is do you want a pure breed, mixed breed, or designer breed.

  • Pure Breed: A dog with both parents being 100% of the same breed. For some this is what matters but unless you plan on entering your pet in shows pure breeds a lot of times have more health issues than mixed or designer breeds. A purebred puppy of most any breed usually costs $1,000.00 or more.
  • Mixed Breed: The mixed-breed also known as mutt or mongrel is usually unintentional or accidental breeding of multiple breeds and usually an unknown father, less likely to have genetic health issues. Mutts usually cost anywhere from $100.00-$200.00 for the adoption fees.
  • Designer Breed: These dogs are deliberate breeding of a combination of two or more breeds for a combination of characteristics that are desirable in a good dog. Designer dogs are not registered or a specific breed but none the less still bred on purpose also having less genetic health issues. These dogs will usually cost anywhere from $300.00 to up over $1000.00 in some cases.

Above is a brief explanation of the 3 types of possible breeding to get a more in-depth understanding you will want to do research on them so that you can be sure to find the right dog for your lifestyle.

Rescue Shelter or Breeder

Now that you have done some research and have an idea of what type of dog best fits your lifestyle you will have to figure out where you are going to look for your new fur baby. For more on adopting from a rescue click here.


Rescue shelters are a very good place to start your search. They will have a variety of dogs and puppies to pick from. Although chances are that you may not be able to get much back story about most of the dogs in a shelter you can rest easy knowing that rescue dogs are put through a series of tests assuring you will get a well-adjusted dog.

Getting a dog from a shelter, you would be opening a loving warming home to a good dog who got a bad deal and usually through no fault of his or her own.

Another benefit that comes with getting a dog from a shelter or pound is they are usually house broke and that will save you the frustration of having to house train them yourself leaving the two of you plenty of time to bond.


Breeders are another option for finding your first puppy.  You should also know that just because a breeder breeds purebred puppies does not mean that they are reputable the best way to know who you working with is of course meeting personally and ask questions about the parents of puppies, puppies, and the breeder themselves.

With the rise of designer dog popularity, you can find some wonderful designer dogs that in a lot of cases have more desirable traits than the pure breeds used to create the designer breed.


Puppy mills are cruel, inhumane, greedy and absolutely no good for the dogs they work with.  The dogs involved in puppy mills are caged or tied up most of their lives in deplorable living conditions for only one purpose, to make money.

Puppies that come from puppy mills are almost always taken from their mothers too early meaning they will not have proper socialization and that will likely cause problems for your puppy as an adult.

Pet store puppies are usually from puppy mills, the puppy mills will take a litter of puppies and sell to a store at 5-6 weeks sometimes even earlier for quick cash saving them from having to sell them one at a time.

If you get a puppy from a pet store you are just supporting cruel puppy mills and if we continue to buy puppy mill puppies they will never stop the horrible treatment of dogs.


Getting a puppy is a pretty big and exciting decision that should not be taken lightly as far as what to know before getting a puppy, know that as cute and adorable as a puppy is, a puppy is also a life-changing commitment.

Just remember to socialize properly and exercise regularly

Now that you know what you should know before getting a puppy really think about all that goes with getting a puppy and then you can start your search.

A lot of people get puppies without knowing what they are really getting themselves into and when they realize or change their minds about being able to care for their puppy he usually ends up in a rescue shelter or dog pound.

If you are on the fence about getting a puppy consider getting a dog that is already house broke and has a bit of training. The best place to find a good dog that needs a home is your local dog pound or rescue shelter.

Most of the dogs in these places are there through no fault of their own but because someone changed their mind and didn’t want to or couldn’t put the time into raising a puppy. These dogs deserve to not be forgotten and to get a forever home.

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