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      No matter what kind of dog you have in mind remember that getting a puppy is a project that will pay you with dividends you can't even imagine for years to come. Although they can be many wonderful years it will still be a project in the meantime especially while your new friend is still in infancy.  Even more importantly, if you are getting your first dog, the information in this article should be of interest to you.

      What You Need to Know about Getting a Puppy...

      From the moment you bring your new friend home, you will begin undertaking a whole series of new tasks like house training, taking him for walks, preparing meals and much more.  For some people this will rival taking care of a small child.  Luckily, this phase of your dog's life will only last around a year or so and it really is one of the joys of being a pet owner and pet lover! This is one of just many, many reasons to get a puppy. As wonderful as puppies are you need to understand that getting a new puppy is a great deal of responsibility. Be mindful of the fact that the needs of a new puppy dog at this stage of life are similar to those of any other baby.  All aspects of raising a puppy require patience, persistence and a significant time commitment.  Therefore a key to your success will be discovering all you can about what to know about getting a new dog. Unless you and the other members of your family or household are willing to make the consistent effort to do what is required to raise your new puppy in a proper manner then perhaps you might want to consider adopting an older dog that has already been through puppyhood.

      If You're Going to Get a Puppy, What Do You Need to Know?

      Making a decision like this one is like many other things in life. When getting a puppy if you don't know the questions to ask, it's going to be an uphill climb.  So, we've put together a handy new puppy guide for you to follow that will get you going in the right direction. 1. Why do you really want to get a new puppy?  Or, maybe ask yourself... Should I get a puppy? Or, even better... Am I ready for a puppy? If you're reading this article in the midst of puppy fever then you may want to take a step back and reconsider what is really required of you as an owner when picking a puppy. As mentioned above, getting a puppy and raising it in the right way is a task that will require a significant amount of your resources both in time and money. However, that commitment is not without its rewards.  A dog is unique among animal species in the way in which it relates to man.  Forming a bond with a new dog will provide you with a lifelong devoted friend and years of cherished memories. Only you can really answer the question about your true feelings when it comes to getting a puppy but for your own sake and the sake of your furry new friend please be sure and take all the time you need. 2. What does a typical day for you look like and how will a new puppy complement it or complicate it? At this point it's a good idea to sit down and really think through what an average day looks like for you and your family before you bring a puppy home.  This is doubly true if you are single and plan on getting a puppy and working full time. Be sure and make a note of everything... For example, consider the following questions:
      • What time do you usually get up in the morning?
      • What time do you leave for work?
      • What time do you return home from work?
      • Do you take a lunch break and if so do you return home on that break?
      • What time the usually eat dinner in the evening?
      • What time do you normally go to bed at night?
      No matter what your schedule looks like it's important to understand that you'll need to find a way to integrate your new puppy's needs into it so remember that before you get your puppy. 3. If you are single, do you have the time, energy and money to commit to raising a new puppy? Most single people have very few responsibilities outside of meeting their own needs.  However, if you make the decision to bring home a new puppy you can be sure that that will quickly come to a screeching halt. You can forget about sleeping in anymore since your new puppy will likely be an early riser and somewhat of a night owl for many weeks if not months. Even if you think that you can handle a drastic change in lifestyle remember that your new friend will likely be a part of your life for at least the next 10 years or so.  Because of this, you need to think about what happens if you meet someone, fall in love and are no longer single.  Now your dog is our dog and it's something you need to keep in mind. 4. If you are part of a couple do you see eye to eye on many of the most important aspects of raising a puppy? If you're already in a relationship and thinking about getting a puppy then you and your significant other will need to not only consider the questions mentioned above but a few more as well. Some of the items you may want to discuss are:
      • What part of the house will the new puppy sleep in? This may seem like a minor issue but if one of you wants to puppy in the bed and the other cannot stand the thought of it then you need to know this ahead of time.
      • How will you divide up the responsibilities for caring for your new puppy? This one is pretty straightforward but without agreeing on your shared responsibilities feelings of resentment can build over time with the only real victim being your new puppy.
      • What kind of budget do you have in mind for the new puppy? You should spend time covering as many things as you can think of from veterinary care to obedience training to grooming to food and much more.
      With any luck, you're now better equipped with the information you need about some of the pros and cons of getting a puppy and we hope we've helped you make the right choice when getting a puppy.