At some point in time, the discussion of owning a puppy may come up in your family. Your children may want a pet to have to love and grow up with. While you smile at your children, telling them you will consider the thought of being a puppy owner, in the back of your mind you may also be wondering how much trouble owning a puppy will be.
The excitement of getting a new puppy can’t be compared to any other feeling in the world. The key to successfully owning a puppy is keeping the excitement when the puppy uses the bathroom somewhere other than on paper, and when the puppy destroys your favorite shoes, jacket or other article of clothing.
Establishing the Rules
Being the owner of a puppy may remind you of parenting your child in their early years. You’re changing newspaper instead of diapers, giving the puppy puppy chow, giving it a bath, and making sure the puppy is safe. You must establish yourself as the authority figure of the household. It takes some puppies longer to identify the authority figure than other pups, but everything will likely fall into place with time.
The House Training Journey
Are you ready for potty training episodes? You have to train your puppy to use the bathroom wherever you have set a place. Similar to potty training a child, the success of potty training does not happen overnight. Successful training in this situation requires consistency and a favorable schedule.
Leaving the Pup Alone
When you go to work, school or run errands, and the puppy is left alone in the home, how will he/she react? Do you have someone who can take them out if you are away from the house for too long? Some puppies have serious separation issues, and you need to find the best way to establish companionship while you are away from home. Some puppy owners find that leaving the television on helps their pup remain calm. While other puppy owners find that leaving the radio on or playing a CD does the trick.
Keeping Puppy in a Crate
Some owners of puppies opt to keep their puppy in a crate while they are gone. A puppy crate has several pros, cons, and different factors you need to consider. The primary thing you want to consider is the size of the crate. Your puppy needs to have room to move around and lie down. Keep in mind you will also have to put the puppy’s food dish and newspaper/bedding in the crate.
Expenses of Owning a Puppy
One of the most important factors of owning a puppy is making sure you can provide the necessities, including food, water, shelter, and money for veterinary visits. Aside from the essentials, you may want to spend money on a few puppy toys. All of these expenses of owning a puppy adds up quickly.
About the Author
Mary Nielsen is a passionate dog lover, blogger and part-time music teacher. She started MySweetPuppy.net to share her ups and downs of being a pet parent to a bunch of adorable mutts (including Lucky, the puppy in the pic above). When she is not playing with them or teaching, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen.