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Happy National Puppy Day! Things Too Consider Before Getting A Puppy!

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It’s National Puppy Day on March 23!

We all love puppies! Even the toughest people on earth cannot resist a puppy’s incredible cuteness and charm.

Established in 2006, National Puppy Day aims to raise awareness about unethical dog breeding practices, and to encourage people to adopt shelter dogs. National Puppy Day is the perfect occasion to educate people about dog ownership and the responsibilities that go with it.

The Better Business Bureau also hopes to enlighten people on some of the common scams in pet ownership.

 

What breed of puppy should you choose?

Happy National Puppy Day! Things Too Consider Before Getting A Puppy! (2)Dogs come in different shapes and sizes. A dog’s appearance is what most people consider when getting a dog.

Before getting a pup, it is very important to research different breeds. Aside from looks, a dog breed’s temperament, activity-level and other characteristics should also be considered.

Make sure to compare one breed from another to make sure you’re picking the breed for your lifestyle.

Some dog breeds need a lot of grooming while some dogs are prone to certain health issues. It is vital to consider if you are able tocare for the breed you are interested in.

Getting a pup as a gift is not always a good idea—especially if you’re getting one for a child.

If you have children, you should consider if the breed you’re interested in gets along with kids. It’s also important to teach your children how to behave around a puppy.

 

Are you able to care for a puppy?

Happy National Puppy Day! Things Too Consider Before Getting A Puppy! (1)Puppies must be at least 2 months old before they are weaned, but three months or older is the ideal age for adoption, because this gives the puppies time to learn socialization from their mom.

Caring for a dog is a lifetime commitment. Dogs should be considered as family. They should also get the same love, respect, and patience that any other member would.

Young puppies can be hyperactive.They may become destructive and chew on things like shoes, pillows, and more. They could also chew on a child’s fingers, hands and legs.

The decision to adopt a new pup requires a lot of thought. Puppies grow really fast and need more and more food as they do. Are you prepared for the increasing costs? Let’s not forget about the veterinary bills. Unfenced yards will also have to be fenced to ensure the pup’s safety.

 

Adopt your puppy from a shelter!

Happy National Puppy Day! Things Too Consider Before Getting A Puppy! (3)A lot of dogs are stolen for breeding purposes. Purebred dogs are usually targeted.

The best way to get a new puppy is to adopt one from a shelter.

 

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Article Source: The Wichita Eagle