I have been thinking about this for a good 2 years. Use to have a dog but unfortunately passed away at the age of 15 years old. Asked my parents about getting a puppy before (because I live with them) and they said it was fine however I must pay for everything and take responsibility for the puppy and must remain outside at all times. I am getting a part time job sometime soon but usually at home most of the time studying and do have time to exercise the puppy everyday for a good hour or so. Just wanted a companion to keep me company and go for long walks with!
Wasn't sure about the amount of money that needs to be put towards a dog per year (guessing $1000+ a year), not only that but obedience training and having patience in training the dog basic commands such as sit and stay.
Any tips about raising a puppy? Thanks!
Most Helpful Guy
On one hand, you could adopt a dog that is already house trained and nuetered, etc. That would be more financially reasonable and easier on you. Compared to a puppy that would be more expensive (depending on if you go directly to a breeder or not), whom you'd have to crate train and house break. Adoption usually costs far less up front than buying a purebred or mix from a breeder. And if it is house broken and trained it will be easier on you.
But since you are asking specifically about puppies. There are a few things you must understand and make sure you can do while its in its young years. Will you or your family be able to be around for him/her all day? Puppies need to go out every two or so hours, and eat three times a day. So if you're in school will someone be around to care for him/her until you get back. An then there is training, etc. etc. And pet insurance is a bitch..
I'll save you the sob story that occurred with my pup. But you need to make sure that if you're not around someone will be to take care of the pup.
What kind of pups are you looking at?1
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Will it be adopted from the ARL or a shelter? That will be *so* much less expensive.
On your own, getting a puppy (outside of an animal shelter) will be expensive.
Puppies here, in general, run around $60 just for them. Not even a special breed.
You'll need to take them to the vet. Depending on what they need, you could easily spend $600 in the first 6 mos of owning the puppy. Flea shots, worm medicine, check-ups, getting spayed (runs around $300).
Then, the food, leash, harness, play/chew toys (they chew through them SO fast, you'll want at least 7 to start with).
- IF they chew up furniture, clothing, shoes, etc. $$$
- Treats, if you get any.
& If they're not already potty trained is a big one...
You'll have to pay for training classes. Depending on where you go they could be "decent" or expensive.
My puppy went to 6 classes and it was a little over $100 per training class. They were an hour each. BUT she doesn't chew shoes anymore, listens, and is conditioned to the clicker when I teach her something new.
- - - When you have time. Because, they jump on you, are FULL of energy. You'll probably want a dog that's 2+ years.
Mine is just over a year and after running with her for 45-60 minutes, she takes a 30 min nap and is ready to go all over again. It's never ending and she constantly wants attention. <3 But, I wouldn't give her up for the world.2