We’re tempted to say that anytime is the best time for a new dog, but let’s be honest—it’s a big decision. When you’re contemplating getting a puppy, take a careful look at your schedule, lifestyle, and upcoming plans. The top three considerations when getting a new dog include:
- The season
- Your schedule
- Your puppy’s temperament
Sunshine is Helpful
Most dog owners and dog sitters agree that spring or summer are the optimal seasons for adding a four-legged friend to your family. Warmer months are ideal times for housebreaking your puppy, and they also give you the benefit of longer and sunnier days for walks and playtime.
Fall and winter can be a little harder for breeds that are sensitive to chilly temperatures. Also, consider that cold weather makes house training harder to accomplish. (Think about how you much you don’t like to go outside when it’s dark, cold, or rainy out—your dog will likely feel the same.) The months before end of the year are also jam-packed with the chaos of holiday shopping, traveling, and family gatherings.
When Can You Take Time Off?
Get a puppy at a time when you can create a predictable routine for your new dog. You should consider whether you’re taking any time off to travel during these first months with your pup. Keep in mind that dogs are pack animals and like to be part of the family. It might be stressful for your puppy to be separated from you right after becoming part of the family.
At the end of the day, get your puppy at a time when you can dedicate some quality hours to bonding, training, and snuggles. You’ll both need time to adjust to each other. There may some ups and downs as you learn each other’s personalities, and as you make room in your life for an energetic canine family member.
Fortunately, even if you have a busy work schedule, frequent travel plans, or just too much to do and not enough time—you can still enjoy the love of a dog. That’s because it’s easier than ever to find and book quality, personalized pet care in your neighborhood.
Prepare a Space for Your New Dog
Besides healthy food, training treats, and a good leash and collar, you’ll want to be sure to create a safe “puppy zone” so your space is prepared for its new addition. You’ll need:
- A crate if you’re crate training.
- Baby gates! This pet gate is a fun, freestanding choice if your dog isn’t a jumper. If she is, you’ll need something higher.
- Cozy items like blankets or your old shirts.
- At least one bed like this orthopedic pet mattress. You may need a chew-proof bed like the K9 Ballistics line. This is a good list of more options.
- Potty pads.
- Plenty of safe toys and chews.