Things to Know Before Getting Your First Puppy

Are you thinking about adding a puppy to your family? If so, congratulations! Puppies are an undeniably great way to add love and joy to any home. But, before you bring a new puppy into your life, you’ll want to make sure that you’re as prepared as possible. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to getting a puppy, especially if it’s your first puppy. Below are some things you should know before bringing home a new puppy.

Ensure your family makes the best choices when it comes to adding a furry friend.

When it comes to making responsible pet choices, it’s important that you make sure the whole family is ready for the responsibility before adopting a puppy.

  • Make sure your family knows how much time they will have dedicated to caring for the puppy and ensuring its health and happiness.
  • Be sure everyone in your home has a place where they can sleep, eat and relax with the puppy.
  • Ensure that everyone understands how important training and socialization are—and make sure your kids know when they need to step up as well!

What breed do you want?

It’s important to choose a breed that matches your lifestyle, your family’s personality, and the other factors that are important to you.

  • Are you active and outdoorsy? Then maybe a Border Collie or Husky would be good for you.
  • Do you have young children who need lots of attention and playtime? Then maybe a Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever would be good for you.
  • Are you already in love with one specific breed of dog because of its appearance or reputation? Then don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! But also…

What is the cost of a puppy?

The cost of a puppy depends on a number of factors. First, it depends on the breed you’re looking for—a purebred dog will be more expensive than a mixed-breed one. Second, the cost may vary depending on where you buy your puppy. If you purchase from an accredited breeder or rescue organization, they may charge slightly more than one who advertises online or via newspaper classifieds. Third and lastly, there’s the matter of how much money you want to spend.

The good news is that even though puppies do have a high price tag initially, most owners find that things balance out pretty quickly once their new pup grows up into an adult dog with its own set of expenses like food and veterinary care—especially if they plan ahead by enrolling in pet health insurance plans before their furry friend arrives home!

How much should you spend on healthcare for your puppy?

You’ll also want to factor in the cost of vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, spay or neuter surgery and dental care. Some vets will recommend additional tests like bloodwork and X-rays that are typically covered by insurance but could cost you an additional $100-$200 per test. Also, keep in mind that veterinary care doesn’t stop when your puppy is a year old; there will be regular health care costs throughout his life (e.g., annual checkups).

How much exercise does your puppy need?

Long walks and frequent play sessions are great for keeping your new puppy active and healthy, but not all dogs get the amount of exercise they need. If you want to make sure that your dog gets the exercise it needs, there are a few things you can do:

  • Make sure that your puppy has plenty of room in which to run around (at least one acre).
  • Bring along toys or treats when going on walks so that your pup will be less likely to become bored by the scenery.
  • Visit parks with off-leash areas where your puppy can run around freely and socialize with other dogs.

What is a good age to bring home a puppy?

The best time to get a puppy is when it’s 12 weeks old. This will allow you to take the puppy home, and then bring it back for its first checkup at the veterinarian—which should be within two weeks of bringing your pup home.

Before taking a new pet home, you should also make sure that you have an adequate space for your canine friend; this includes food bowls and beds as well as toys to play with. You’ll also need enough time to train your dog properly so that he knows basic commands like “sit” or “stay” (or whatever else works best for him).

After getting all of these things in order, it’s time to go pick out some adorable outfits!

Do you need a vet before bringing the puppy home?

You can get a vet check before you bring the puppy home, or you can get one after. The best thing to do is have one before bringing your new dog home so that you’ll know what to look for and what types of problems may arise in the future. This way, if there are any issues with your dog, you will be able to take care of those issues right away rather than waiting until they become serious problems later on.

How many toys will I need to buy for my new puppy?

Toys that are interactive encourage your puppy to use his brain and learn new things, like how to play catch with a ball or how to figure out how to open up a stuffed animal so he can get the squeaker inside.

Good toys include things like puzzle toys, balls, stuffed animals, teething rings for puppies who have teeth coming in (you can buy these at any pet store), Kongs with treats inside them that your puppy has to work hard at getting out (but don’t give them until after you’ve played fetch or tug-of-war with him!), rope tug toy kits–basically anything that encourages him/her to use their brain while they’re playing! Toys will also keep your puppy busy when you’re away from home so they won’t be bored if left alone for long periods of time.”

Should I help my new puppy become socialized?

Yes! While your puppy is still young, she’ll be learning how to behave around other people and animals. You can help her learn by exposing her to different situations and teaching her what they mean. For example, if you see a cat on the street and want your puppy to stop barking at it, tell her “quiet” or “shhh.” It may take some time after this lesson for your dog to learn how to respond appropriately in certain situations—that’s just part of being a dog!


We hope that this article has helped you understand what it’s like to own a puppy and know what to expect. It is important that you are aware of all the costs associated with owning a puppy, including training and healthcare. You can do some research on your own by visiting a vet or pet store, but be sure not to get too caught up in buying toys for your new puppy! Instead, focus on meeting other puppies and learning about their needs so that you can prepare yourself mentally before bringing them home