Things to Know Before Adopting a Puppy

Who can resist puppy dog eyes?! While puppies are adorable and irresistible, there are a few things you need to consider before bringing one home.

  • Housebreaking: Before you adopt, consider how much time your new pup will spend alone. A puppy requires constant attention, and the key to successful housebreaking is consistency. Here’s a good rule of thumb: a puppy can hold his bladder just one hour for every month they’ve been alive.
  • Puppy behavior: Sure, that puppy is super-cute, but they can be adorable, relentless machines of destruction. Even the most well-behaved pups will destroy shoes, clothing, etc. To prevent the destructive behavior from becoming a bad habit, you will need to constantly supervise.
  • Be Mindful: Puppies require several rounds of vaccinations, most of which aren’t completed until they’re 6 months old. This makes them susceptible to diseases, like Parvo, that they can catch from public places such as parks. You may want to avoid these areas until they’re fully vaccinated and matured.
  • If you still want to adopt a puppy: If you’ve done all your research, and you’ve decided that you can give a pup a great home, then it’s time to visit our adoption center or other animal welfare organizations to select your new family member!