We recently got a puppy! I love dogs and I’ve raised a few puppies before, but in the past I’d done it with my parents and brother. This was the first time I started to raise a new puppy as an adult. Here are some digital tips to help you out if you’re thinking of getting a puppy!
Do your research
Before we got Nara, our little
puppy baby, we did our research. You’ll want to look at what type of dog you think will fit best in your home. Do you have enough space and energy for a larger dog or is a smaller dog a better fit? Make a list of what you think works best. If you aren’t sure, research really comes in handy. Read articles online from established sources, and try to watch some videos too.
I grew up with pound pups that were a bunch of different mixes, so that is a factor too. Even if you aren’t exactly sure what kind of dog you’ll take home, you can spend time reading up online to get a general idea for what may work best in your life. Some dogs are more independent, while others may take more attention and time. So take your space, your personality and the dog’s personality all into account.
talk it out
After you spend time researching online, spend time ruminating on it. If you’re raising the dog with someone else be sure to talk it out with them too. After doing our research, my husband and I discussed a lot of different factors before we made the decision.
ORDER ITEMS IN ADVANCE
Doing puppy prep was a great idea! We looked at a ton of different pet sites and services as well as stores like Costco, and compiled a list. The research helped a lot here because we knew what type of leash, bed and food we wanted. Depending on your schedule, you may want to invest in a camera for your home as the dog gets older and other items like that.
Bringing a puppy home is exciting! But it is also exhausting. I was shocked by how tired I was after the first few days. So having what we needed in advance was a HUGE help.
TAKE OR WATCH CLASSES
I knew to do my research, but also watching training lessons on YouTube was a huge help. We got Nara during the pandemic, so in-person classes weren’t an option for us. As I said, I have raised puppies in my life but it had been a few years. So getting some basic pointers jogged my memory and has made training Nara easier.
That’s a basic overview. There’s a lot more you should know before you get a new puppy, of course! So get out there and start training yourself on how to train a dog. P.S. This page may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information.