1. Have you done any research into what breed,
size, and age of dog may be right for you?
2. Have you considered
your lifestyle? How many hours will your puppy be home alone? Do you understand
the benefits/limitations of crating?
3. Are you going to be
upset if you come home to a mess, chewed woodwork, ruined furniture, or garbage
strewn throughout the house?
4. Puppies don't train
themselves. Are you willing to invest time and money in obedience classes?
5. Will you be able to satisfy the puppy's
excitement & exercise needs when you get home tired but the pup wants to
play and needs a walk?
6. When you go on
vacation, will the dog travel with you? Will he be welcomed? If not, who will
honestly not mind taking care of him? Can you afford to board him?
7. Will you be able to
pay not only the yearly vet bills for shots, heartworm test/preventatives, and
flea/tick meds, but also the unexpected costs when your puppy gets into
something he shouldn't, or develops an illness?
8. Can you provide or
afford grooming & general hygiene needs?
9. Will you be able to
provide not only healthy, nutritious food for your dog, but also chewies,
treats, toys, bowls, beds, collar, ID tags, licensing, and other needs?
10. Do you have or plan
to have children? Do you have the patience to care for both a child and a
puppy? Will you teach your child the proper way to treat a pet? What will
happen if the dog doesn't get along well with children?
11. Does everyone in the
family want a dog? Who will be the main caretaker? Do you realize that most
children are too young to assume the burden of care, and that, in the end, it
will probably fall on Mom or Dad to feed, exercise, train, and clean up after
12. Have you considered other family members/
friends who visit regularly? Are there allergies or aversions to animals?
13. Will your new puppy
get along with your other pets?
14. Do you live in an
apartment? Do you have a securely fenced yard? If not, are you willing to go
outside with your dog at all hours of the day or night, in any kind of weather?