National Puppy Day is a day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love puppies bring to our lives. It was founded in 2006 by Celebrity Pet & Home Lifestyle Expert and Author, Colleen Paige with the goal of raising awareness about the dangers of puppy mills, supporting responsible breeders and encouraging prospective families to consider adoption as a first choice.
Regardless which route you choose, there are many factors to consider when bringing a puppy into your home:
- Do extensive research on the breeds you’re interested in and make sure they are complimentary to your lifestyle. This is very important especially if you have young children.
- When deciding to bring a new puppy into your home, make sure to have a family discussion and prepare small children for life with a dog in the house. It’s important to let them know that the puppy is a new family member and needs to be treated with love, respect and patience.
- If you already have a dog and plan to bring a new baby home, check out this months Dear Murphy where we discuss preparing your dog for the exciting new arrival!
- Check your finances! Puppies don’t stay puppies forever and, boy, do they grow fast. The cost of food, vet bills, grooming, and training are sure to grow as your puppy does. Veterinary trips are extensive in their first year of life, so keeping a puppy fund and researching puppy health insurance is a smart idea because vaccinations, spay/neutering, and the occasional tummy troubles can add up!
- Keep your schedule in mind. Having a new puppy can be a lot of work. You might want to consider employing professional care givers for your pup during the times you are not at home. Puppies need a lot of attention, care, and training. Keeping a routine is very important for a happy household and a healthy, house trained puppy 🙂
- Puppy proof your home! Puppies are a lot like human babies learning to walk and crawl; they get into everything! Make sure to secure household items that could be hazardous to your dog as well as those items that could make you cry if they were ever used as a chew toy (i.e. the remote control or a nice pair of shoes :))
Though there is a lot to consider when bringing a puppy home, National Puppy Day is not just about awareness, but also about celebration! There are lots of fun ways to celebrate your new addition or to let your current pooch know how paw-some they are 🙂
For more ways to prepare for a puppy, check out these helpful resources: