Something to consider: Puppies turn into dogs…

Alva Growing UpThis is going to happen every time and incredibly fast. Please, the next time you have the thought, “I want a puppy!” replace the word “PUPPY” with “DOG.

If your excitement goes down, even the slightest amount, don’t get a puppy.

The average lifespan for a dog is 12 years. The wondrous smell of puppy breath only last a few months. This means you have waaay more time owning a dog than a puppy. We frequently have puppies returned to us for a variety of reasons. Often this results in an extremely adoptable 8 week old puppy being returned a few months later as an 8 month old train-wreck.

And… if you just ‘honest to God’ love puppies and wish they never turned  into dogs, we have a great option  for  you – you can foster puppies!  You get to help a life in need, get all the fun that comes along with puppies, and never have to have a dog! WIN, WIN!!! Please visit our fostering page for more information.

Something else to consider:  Puppies DON’T train themselves …

If you aren’t willing to train a puppy every single day, don’t get a puppy! It isn’t a one-shot deal. You have to be dedicated. And if you aren’t making progress – find someone who can help. Enroll in a puppy training class or hire a trainer. Most cities across the nation have some sort of availability for this kind of help and at different cost levels that would fit your budget.

Puppies are going to poop a lot and pee even more; chew on everything; bite everyone; scratch people and furniture; steal things; destroy something at some point; pull on the leash; not move at all on the leash; bark; cry; beg for attention; and the list goes on. You’re going to have to walk them, bathe them, pick up everything below waist height, buy new shoes, and most importantly:  TRAIN THE PUPPY NOT TO  DO THESE THINGS! Ultimately, it is your responsibility to teach your puppy that this behavior is unacceptable.

Getting upset because your brand new puppy isn’t housebroken, doesn’t know when he plays too rough, or has chewed something up is like abandoning your cat because it had the nerve to meow. Adopting a puppy is like building a house from raw materials: adopting a dog is like buying a house! You can choose if you want a newly renovated home (a dog in foster care – he comes potty trained and with a bag of tricks) or get a fixer-upper (a dog who just needs a little effort and TLC).

If you aren’t ready to put all you’ve got into making the perfect dog for you, do yourself (and the puppy you would surely return) a favor and don’t adopt the puppy.