Why Research Is Essential Before Buying A Puppy


It’s not just before buying a puppy that you need to do your research. It also counts for adoptions of older dogs and any other pets. Thanks to the internet, there are thousands of resources available - not to mention blogs of personal experiences that can help, too. 

Ahead of buying a puppy or dog adoptions, many people focus on the positives, and there are many!

What are the benefits of dog ownership?

There isn’t just one reason that dogs are known as man’s best friend. In fact, the bond is so interesting that there have been hundreds of studies into just how much humans benefit from the company of dogs, and the findings are fascinating: 

  • People feel less isolated and alone when they have a dog for company

  • Stress and high blood pressure are improved with pets around, specifically dogs

  • Constant companionship 

  • Dog owners are more active and generally more healthy

  • Children are often calmer and more relaxed

  • Dogs are wonderful for those with learning needs

Some of the biggest educational establishments in the world have released entire guides covering just how good owning a dog can be: Get Healthy, Get a Dog: The health benefits of canine companionship - Harvard Health.

But ahead of jumping in and getting a puppy or adopting a dog, it is important you spend some time researching the different options. And more importantly, get answers to the questions below. 

Do you have space for a dog? 

No matter what size of home you have, you will have room for a dog. Since dogs come in all different sizes, the options are endless. But, it is important to remember that each breed of dog has different personalities and traits. You might find you have room for a Chihuahua, but you don’t have the patience or neighbors who might appreciate their vocal nature. 

Ideally, a dog will have access to some outdoor space because relying on one or two walks a day won’t always help them get rid of their energy or have enough toilet time. Not to mention that while dogs are super friendly and love company, it is a good idea for them to have time alone and space that is just for them when they need it. 

Do you have time for a dog?

Dogs need more than just two walks a day when it comes to time. For those who have very busy, active lives, it is important to consider if a dog will be able to accompany you - or be left alone for long periods of time. 

No pets do well with being left alone for long periods of time, and dogs can become boisterous and destructive. It is a good idea if you know that you will be out often, that you have a pet sitter regularly, or hire a walking service. 

At a minimum, your dog will need about 2 hours of your attention daily, plus extra time for walks and training. 

Is it the right time for a dog in your life?

Think about the reasons that you want a dog right now. Are there other things going on in your life that mean you want to bring a dog into your life? Puppies and even older adopted dogs will take time to settle into your home and routine. With puppies, you’ll need to set aside enough time for training and making sure you can get them to all of their health appointments. 

Look at other things that are going on in your life, things like the children starting school, potential promotions - anything that might cause you to have your time and attention elsewhere at an important time for your new furry friend. 

Can you afford a dog?

All pets come with expenses, but many breeds of dogs have specific health issues that need to be taken care of. One of the most popular dogs, Cocker Spaniels, is prone to heart and liver diseases, epilepsy, and bone issues too. English Bulldogs have respiratory issues, often have skin allergies and hip dysplasia, and often suffer from obesity. Boxers are more prone to mast cell tumors and lymphomas. The list goes on, so it is very important to research breeds and deeply look into the health issues that can arise. 

Should you get a puppy or a dog?

While puppies are adorable, cuddly, and super sweet - not everyone wants to contribute to puppy breeding or would prefer to adopt an older dog. Older dogs often have benefits, like they might be vaccinated and neutered, and they may have some level of training. Puppies usually need training, vaccinations, and more time; they can be disruptive during the night for a while and neutering. 

However, adopted dogs often have a background that is unknown, and that could mean behavioral issues that might not be obvious at first. Not to mention that often adopted dogs aren’t given to families with younger children because they don’t always know the dog’s background. 

There are many benefits to either of the choices. 

Where can I get advice and information about my dog?

One of the first places you can get information, advice, and help with your pets is from the breeder or the dog's home that you get the animal from. They are more than happy to help you get off to the best start. The next place you can get plenty of information is the vets; they will have in-depth knowledge about the breed, the health concerns you might need to be aware of, as well as information about local pet services. 

Then comes the internet - a wealth of personal experiences, long articles, and websites dedicated to each breed. 

Are you ready to make a lifelong commitment?

No matter if you get a puppy or adopt a dog who is a little older, you’ll need to make a commitment that is lifelong. Chewed shoes, some behavior problems - perhaps some very early mornings, shedding, and difficult training might all be par for the course! But in the end, you’ll have lifelong best friends in return.