Puppies are just the sweetest. We can’t get enough of those puppy dog eyes, tail-wagging excitement, and warm snuggles. Puppies bring so much joy into our lives and can quickly become part of our families. And did you know that there was a day dedicated just for them?

There’s a lot to consider before adopting a puppy, and sometimes it can be hard for first-time pet owners to know where to start. So we thought we’d help out by sharing a few tips on what to know before adopting a puppy!

Puppies Are A Lot of Responsibility

Potty training, behavior training, vet visits, socializing, going on walks, and more. Puppies are a lot of responsibility! A puppy often needs more exercise, supervision, and training than an adult dog.

Because puppies are a big commitment, it’s important to ensure the whole family is on board before adopting a puppy. In an ideal situation, having a puppy can help teach children about responsibility and commitment.

Being a responsible pet owner means you are committed to caring for your puppy’s health and overall well-being. Making sure your pet gets enough exercise, taking your puppy to the vet for annual checkups, getting your puppy neutered or spayed, and ensuring he is receiving adequate nutrition are all important parts of being a responsible pet owner.

The Right Choice Takes Consideration

Although you may be tempted to adopt the first puppy you see, making the right choice takes consideration. You should consider your family, the ages of your children, your house, and your yard. It’s also important to research different dog breeds to ensure you know what you’re getting into. How big will the puppy get? What is their typical temperament? These are important questions you should consider before adopting. Finding the right dog for you may take time!

They Can Be Expensive

Puppies can be expensive. Besides the regular expenses and supplies like dog food, leashes, toys, treats, vaccinations, and a kennel, you may also need to pay for obedience classes, grooming, and emergency vet visits if your dog is sick or injured. While we don’t want to discourage you from adopting a puppy, we also want prospective pet owners to realize that the costs can add up. Making sure these expenses will fit in your budget is important!

It’s A Time & Energy Commitment

Disciplining, exercising, socializing, potty training, etc. It all takes time and energy. If you aren’t home a lot, you may want to hold off on getting a puppy right now. Having a puppy requires a lot of patience as well as mental and physical energy. You should be prepared to spend time going on walks, taking your puppy outside to go potty, and disciplining to ensure your puppy understands the house rules. You should also be prepared to get up in the middle of the night if your puppy needs to go potty!

National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day is March 23. Established in 2006, National Puppy Day celebrates the unconditional love that puppies bring into our lives. It also helps raise awareness about puppy mills and encourages pet owners to consider adoption. Approximately 6.5 million homeless animals end up in a U.S. shelter every year, and these pets are just waiting for their second chance.

If you’re thinking about adding a new puppy to your home, it’s important to consider the responsibility, time commitment, and expenses that a puppy requires. If you decide that now is the right time to add a puppy to your family, congratulations! Get ready for lots of love and kisses.