Getting a puppy can be a very exciting experience. Whether you live alone or with a big family, there are many benefits to having a dog. First of all, there is a reason dogs are considered man’s best friends; they are loyal life companions, great for guarding an empty house, and may even rid you of the need to sweep or vacuum under the table after meals! There are health benefits in having a dog as well. Studies have shown that children who grew up in a house with a dog have stronger immune systems, as they are exposed to more microorganisms at a young age.
Before getting a puppy, however, it is important to go through the necessary preparations. First, make sure you are truly ready for the responsibility of the complete care of an animal. Your dog will need to be walked, fed, trained and loved for its entire life.
If you feel that you are ready, make sure your home is safe and comfortable for the type of dog that you want. Huskies, for example, need a lot of outdoor space where they can run. If you live in an apartment, perhaps a smaller or less energetic dog would be more appropriate. Every breed has its own specific needs; make sure you are aware of them and take them into consideration.
Find a vet who you are comfortable with, who is available to treat your dog regularly. Vet visits will be more bearable if your dog is familiar with the person treating him. Consult with the vet about types of food and other questions you may have about taking care of your dog’s health.
Lastly, prepare a space or a room for your dog to get used to, in case you will need to keep him away from fearful guests or loud parties. Put a bed, a bone and other fun accessories there to show your dog he is not being punished in these situations. Now you are ready to go choose your puppy! Good luck.