Bringing a puppy home is a serious decision to make. This is a choice that will impact the next 10-15 years of your life. Here are a few things to consider before you make your choice:
- What hours do you work, and will the pet have any company during the day?
- If buying a puppy, can you provide care during the day and meals at regular intervals until it is six months of age?
- Puppies need a lot of attention and must be constantly supervised. Do you have time to care for a dog? eg: exercise, grooming, obedience and play ?
- A puppy/dog is a responsibility 365 days a year. This includes vacations, holidays, etc. Who will look after your pet when you’re away?
- A puppy is a permanent part of your family and is therefore a long-term commitment (the average life span of a dog is 10 to 15 years). This means you need to be prepared to dedicate this many years (maybe even more) to properly looking after your dog. Are you prepared to care for a dog for over 10 years?
- If renting accommodation, are you permitted own a pet?
- Do you live in a suitable location for a pet? eg: away from main roads
- Are you prepared to confine your pet inside your house at night?
- Does a pet fit in with your lifestyle, activities, sporting pursuits and priorities?
- If you are part of a family, the decision to get a pet should be a combined one, as all family members will come into contact with the pet, and should be involved in looking after it. Do not buy a pet for a child until the child is old enough to understand how to care for the animal and be gentle with it. Never expect the child to be sole responsible for the dog. Puppies and children are not always a good combinations. Bringing a dog into a family that has children should be done only after a lot of thought and planning. Small children should never be left unsupervised with a dog or puppy. Children are rough on animals and even the best children can be abusive by hitting the dog or teasing it. It is not fair to put an animal in a situation and then punish it for defending itself when it is being hurt.
- A puppy is an expense. Like anything else, don’t buy one if you can’t afford to properly care for it. The Miniature Schnauzer should be groomed every five to eight weeks, are you prepared to pay for this if you don’t want to do it yourself? Can you afford to own a pet with costs such as registration, vaccination, vet bills, food, grooming, desexing and boarding?
Get a puppy from a reputable breeder! This is a person who breeds according to the Bred Standard, who strives to breed the healthiest dog possible by testing and being knowledgeable.
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