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Should You Get A Puppy? Checklist

Lots of people suddenly get the urge to buy a new puppy. It’s easy to assume you are ready to get a puppy without properly considering whether it’s a realistic option. Getting a puppy is a huge commitment, and you need to make sure you are able to give them the love and care that they deserve. Be honest with yourself and answer the questions listed below. If you answer ‘no’ to any of them then you need to seriously consider whether getting a puppy is the right thing to do. Sometimes it’s best to wait a few years until you are in a better position to take care of a young puppy.

Are You At Home During The Day?

You need to be at home for most of the day and not leave your puppy for more than two hours in the first few months.

Do You Have Time For Two Or More Walks A Day?

Puppies need proper walks, they will need to be taken out for walks quite often when they are little. Most adult dogs require two walks a day for about an hour each depending on what breed you get.

Do You Have The Time To Train Your Puppy?

Puppies need a huge amount of training right from the start. You need to have the time and patience to be able to train your puppy properly, or you could end up with serious problems.

Do You Have An Outside Space?

Dogs need an outside space to burn off some energy, play and go to the toilet. Puppies need to be taken out to the toilet several times a day so you will need an outside space to begin their toilet training.

Can You Commit The Next 10 Years (+) Of Your Life

Some dogs can live up to the age of 20. Smaller dogs live longer and larger dogs will have a much shorter life span. Either way it is a huge commitment, a puppy is for life.

Are You Prepared To Get Up Throughout The Night?

Some puppies can make it through the night, but in most cases you will need to get up through the night to let them out. You will need to let them out before bed and very early in the morning, so you need to be prepared for this.

Can You Pay For A Dog Sitter When You Are Away?

It isn’t always possible to stay at home 100% of the time, people need to go on holidays and spend some time away from home. You will need to find a reliable dog sitter and be able to afford their fees.

Do You Mind Your Home (Possibly) Being Damaged?

Puppies can sometimes be destructive until they are properly trained, they like to chew and play on furniture. They will probably also have numerous toilet accidents. If you get a puppy you need to know that there is a possibility they could damage your home.

Does Everyone In Your Family Want A Dog?

Make sure that everyone in your family wants a dog. Everyone needs to be on board and help and you don’t want someone resenting a puppy being around.

Do You Have Permission From Your Landlord?

If you live in rented accommodation then check you have permission to have dogs with your landlord. Get it in writing.

Do You Have An Enclosed Garden?

You will need to teach your puppy not to run off, so they need a safe, enclosed garden until you can trust them. It’s always best to have an enclosed garden for any dog even when they are adults just in case they try to escape.

Can You Take A Week Off When You First Get Your Puppy?

You may need to take a week off for the first week to help your puppy settle into it’s new home.

Do Your Have The Finances To Pay For:


  • Vaccinations
  • Insurance
  • Dog toys
  • A dog bed
  • Dog food
  • Vet bills
  • Puppy Training classes
  • Collar
  • Lead
  • Dog tags
  • Food and water bowls
  • Grooming


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