1. Select a breed that is right for your family.
First make sure everyone who lives in your home agrees on the breed of dog, take in mind any allergies that an occupant may have prior to selecting a breed. If you have a smaller living space you may want to avoid large dog breeds. Energy level of the breed is another thing to be considered, high energy dogs will require a larger commitment to attention and excercise, lower energy dogs allow a bit more freedom for those with busy lifestyles.
2. Prepare a safe space for the puppy.
A new puppy should have it’s own space that is enclosed so that it can’t wonder off and get hurt, this space shouldn’t feature any stairs to fall down or small opening that it could get trapped in. Make sure there are no cleaners, chemicals, traps, or pest poisons within reach of the puppy. Loose electrical cords make great chew toys in the puppy’s opinion, so make sure they are taped to the baseboard or otherwise not accessible to the puppy. Making sure that the puppy has access to it’s own toys will help it stay out of trouble and keep from chewing up items that shouldn’t be chewed on. Encouraging your puppy to play with it’s toys will help. Make sure there are no strings hanging from retractible blinds, etc. these are easy to become tangled in or can be used to pull heavy objects off of shelves and can be hazardous to the puppy.
3. Find a local Veteranarian and setup a care plan.
Find a local veterinarian and speak to them about your plans to purchase a puppy, request advice and setup a plan for caring for your puppies health. Following the Veteranarians care plan is important since he can adapt the plan to your puppies specific needs. The Veteranarian should also be able to give you advice on a diet plan that changes with your dog’s age and changing needs.
4. Check your water.
Make sure your tap water is good to drink before giving it to your puppy. You can take samples to a lab to test, or you can purchase test strips from retailers like Amazon. If it is unfit, consider using filtered water.
5. Play with your puppy, but let it rest as well.
The proper amount of playtime is important in your puppies development. You don’t want to overplay with the puppy, make sure it has time to rest in order to avoid exhaustion or dehydration. Learn to watch for signs of sickness; this can be seen through changes in behavior, changes in the puppy’s feces, or change in sleep patterns.