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Are you considering a new puppy for Christmas? Things you'll want to think about.

  1. Time Commitment: Puppies require a significant amount of time and attention. They need to be fed, trained, exercised, and socialized. Make sure you have enough time in your daily schedule to dedicate to a new pet.

  2. Financial Considerations: Puppies come with expenses, including food, veterinary care, grooming, and supplies. Ensure that you have the financial means to provide for your new pup.

  3. Space: Make sure your living space is suitable for a puppy. Puppies need room to play and explore. If you're in an apartment, consider if there are nearby parks or areas for exercise.

  4. Training: Puppies require consistent training to become well-behaved members of the family. Be prepared to invest time and effort into teaching crate training, basic commands, structure and boundaries.

  5. Healthcare: Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and preventive care are essential for your puppy's health. Find a reliable veterinarian and make sure you're prepared for any unexpected medical expenses.

  6. Supplies: Gather all the necessary supplies before bringing your puppy home, including a bed, crate, food and water bowls, toys, grooming tools, and appropriate food.

  7. Pet-proofing: Puppies are curious and may get into things they shouldn't. Make your home safe by removing potential hazards and securing electrical cords, toxic substances, and small objects that could be swallowed. Crate training and limiting freedom will keep your pup from destroying your home.

  8. Socialization: Puppies need to be exposed to various people, environments, and situations to become well-adjusted adults. Plan on socializing your puppy from an early age with trusted friends and family, and their pets.

  9. Commitment: Dogs can live for many years, and getting a puppy is a long-term commitment. Make sure you're ready for the responsibility of caring for a pet for the entirety of its life.

Before bringing a new puppy into your home, it's crucial to thoroughly research the breed, assess your lifestyle, and ensure that you can meet the physical, emotional, and financial needs of a new pet.

The Clever Canine can help get you and your pup off on the right foot! Schedule a free consultation and we'll show you how.


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