I mean, who doesn’t love puppies? Introducing a puppy into your family is a big step that requires research and preparation, together with a bundle of cuteness. There are a lot of things to take into consideration when deciding which puppy fits your household best.

Research is primary, but this research is not only one sided. Before beginning to research dog breeds, you need to take a good look at your household and environment. Is there is baby in the house? Do you have a toddler? These questions are important when choosing a breed because there are puppies that work better with children while others might not be the best fit. Other important questions are: do you have any allergies? Do you live in an apartment or do you have a backyard? These questions can influence the size of the dog once it’s fully grown. Also the fur, there are hypoallergenic dogs that have hair instead of fur and do not shed. These type of puppies would be ideal for any allergy prone household. After this information is in queue, let’s talk about next steps:

Do your Research:

You must be curious of all the options there are out there. Do your research. Read up on all types of breeds and understand their needs. Do not only look at pictures, also read about their adult life, common old age issues with this breed. Do they have any common illnesses? Here are a few website to get you started:

Do a Background Check and Know What you are Looking for:

Are you purchasing a pet store? Are your adopting? Either way, understanding what you are looking for will make this process much easier and fun. This is an exciting time and when you see so many puppies you might feel like they all deserve a home. I am sure that when you hold the puppy in your arms and look deep into their eyes you will know which one is the one for you. It all begins with that one lick. But there is more to it. Look at their condition, do they play? Do they interact with other dogs there? Are they walking straight? Be sure to ask a lot of questions. It is important that you buy or adopt a healthy dog that meets your criteria.

Observe your dog’s personality:

  • Watch them play with other dogs.
  • Gauge how the puppy interacts with other humans
  • This may sound silly but, roll your puppy on his back for a minute. Studies show that dogs who struggle excessively or becomes aggressive may have dominance issues.

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I have always wanted a puppy and was finally able to get one my freshman year of middle school. There were a few factors that caused my mother to think carefully about this situation: allergies, responsibility and small apartment. Yeah, it w
as tough to persuade her it worked out. Mia is now 11 years old and it has been a fun but rocky road. I was lucky enoug
h to have a friend whose dog was having puppies when I decided to get a dog. I was able to be with Mia since the moment she was born. Just know that having a puppy is like having a baby, they get into everything and can be very expensive. As they get older complications can arise, so stay strong.

It’s true what they say, a dog is the only living thing that loves you more than they love themselves. Get yourself the puppy you want to greet when you get home from a long day at work or school. Good Luck!