Do I need a puppy under six months?
Do you time at least every other day for an outing to a new location? In order to be confident and well mannered, puppies need to experience life in the busy world. The need to meet people of different ethnicities, ages, and sizes. They need to walk across bridges, passed motorcycles, and befriend livestock. They need to know that “new things” are ok. Simply put, their brains are forming. If you can’t help support a healthy adjustment to society, focus on the adoption of an adult instead.
Do you have a reasonable work schedule for potty breaks. This one is a no brainer but tinier bladders need more frequent breaks.
Is your life stable? Puppies need consistency. If your are going through a new life transition (new baby, difficult
transition with a toddler, moving, starting a new career, newly married) consider waiting until life settles down.
You want to be able to get off of the right foot. You can’t do that if you only have one leg beneath you to start.
Are all members of the household aware of how VERY troublesome puppies can be, and onboard with being patient, tolerant, and ready to help? Trips out to pee every 30 min to an hour with a young puppy when not crated. It’s REALLY hot…are you up for it? Your shoes will inevitably be chewed, your legs and hands scratched from over exuberance and lack of bite inhibition, your schedule will be flipped upside down! Think hard because adoption is a lifetime commitment….. Like marriage…you may not always like your “partner” every minute…but he is yours for the long haul