Getting a puppy is a big commitment. If your family is considering bringing a new pup into your home you first need to make sure this is the right decision for your family’s lifestyle. A new pooch can be a wonderful addition to a family, here are some puppy pros and cons.
The Pros of Getting a Puppy:
Puppies are very cute, but remember that cute little ball of fur is going to grow into an adult dog. Don’t bring a puppy into your life just because it is adorable.
Watching a young pup play and romp is so much fun. Watching them tumble and roll with their favorite toy will give you your daily dose of laughter.
Health Benefits for You
You will get a lot of exercise chasing after and playing with your new addition. As your puppy matures into an adult dog you will both enjoy getting exercise on your daily walks. Studies show that people who have a dog at home have fewer heart attacks and if they do have a heart attack they have a better survival and recovery rate.
Petting a dog has been shown to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. It also increases dopamine and serotonin levels.
The Cons of Getting a Puppy:
Puppies can get into trouble quickly. Puppies must be supervised at all times. When you can’t be there to supervise, crate training your new family member will help keep him or her out of trouble.
It is natural for puppies to want to chew. They will chew your shoes, your furniture, electrical cords and even you.
They Need to Relieve Themselves Often
As a rule of thumb, a young dog can only hold it for as many hours as his or her age is in months. So, if you have a 2-month-old dog he or she will need to go out every two hours. This is where a professional dog walker can really help you while you are at work.
Lots of Cleaning up
While you will try to be diligent about taking your puppy outside, accidents do happen. There is also the potential mess if your puppy chews something up, such as paper or a pillow.
Having a puppy in the house can be fun and entertaining, but they are also a lot of hard work. Make sure all family members are ready for such a big responsibility. If you decide that a puppy is right for you, have fun and enjoy!
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