Owning a Puppy Means Constant Interaction
New puppy owners should know that all puppies need physical and mental stimulation, Gajkowski said. “You can’t just stick it in the backyard and expect it’ll keep itself entertained.” Instead, he recommends spending three to four hours a day engaged in play and exercise with your new puppy to show you care.
Owning a Puppy Means Dealing with Shedding, Getting Dirty and Bad Smells
If you’re not prepared to manage these things on a regular basis, you may not want to take on the responsibility of owning a puppy. Finally, there are a few things you can’t prepare for: Like how guilty you’ll feel having to leave your new pet alone for work and play, or how much you’ll adore the four-legged creature that needs you for everything. “If you do the right things with a puppy,” said Gajkowski, “you’ll not only wind up with a great dog someday, but a constant and faithful companion.”