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Puppies require a lot of care, maintenance, love and dedication. When considering a puppy as a pet, there are numerous factors to consider. A cute puppy can be tempting, however, it is best not to bring one home unless you have the time and effort to dedicate to caring for your new pet properly.
When trying to find a puppy, there are numerous methods you can choose. If you are looking for a purebred dog, you may consider one of many breeders. Free puppies are also available, however, you will generally not be able to obtain a purebred pup for free. Puppy adoption is also growing in popularity and is excellent way to rescue dogs who would otherwise be put to sleep without a welcoming, loving home. Adopting a puppy can be inexpensive, in many cases a new owner may only be required to pay for necessary shots or make a donation to the pet shelter. Prospective owners should be aware that most adopted puppies will be spayed/neutered or be required to be spayed or neutered at an appropriate age.
If your adult dog should have puppies at home, there are a few things you should know about birth of puppies in order to ensure their health. Newborn puppies can be quite cute, however, ideally they should not be handled overly much by humans unless absolutely necessary. Give them and their mother time to adjust. Most pups are weaned from their mother’s milk at about six weeks of age. Weaving puppies earlier than this can be detrimental to their health.
Before you bring your new pet home, take the time to stock your home with plenty of puppy supplies. This will include quality puppy food, dishes, toys and puppy house training supplies. There are a number of the latter type of products on the market that can make the process of housebreaking your new pet much easier and comfortable for everyone, however, the main key is consistency and patience.
Also make sure that you have lined up a veterinarian to ensure that your puppy has his first puppy shots. This is also a good opportunity to make an appointment to have your puppy spayed or neutered. Studies indicate that doing so can increase the life of your pet as well as prevent their risk of developing cancer later in life. This can also prevent unwanted pets from starving or being put to death.
Be on the lookout for any symptoms that might indicate a health issue that could be dangerous. One of the most important is a puppy cough, which could lead to serious illness or death. A sick puppy should always receive medical care immediately. Finally, keep in mind that puppy training is a long process that simply takes time. With consistency, you and your pet will get the hang of it. If you feel uncomfortable with this at first, you may wish to retain the services of a professional puppy trainer. Taking the time to make sure that your pet is trained in obedience will make life more enjoyable for everyone concerned as well as increase the safety of your pet.
With proper care and plenty of love, patience and affection most puppies will grow into great personalities.