10 Questions for New Pup/Dog Owner Applicants
If you cannot answer YES to each of these questions,
then you may not be ready for a puppy/dog!
1) Are you willing to spend most of your evenings and weekends with your pup/dog?
2) Are you willing to get up earlier every single morning so you have time to feed & take care of your pup/dog before you leave the house?
3) Are you willing to take it out for a walk at least once a day, in every kind of weather, regardless of how you feel?
4) Are you willing to install, replace, or repair a physical fence so your new pup/dog cannot jump over or squeeze under -- BEFORE you bring home a pup/dog?
5) Are you willing to "puppy/dog proof" your home, for example moving breakables and dangerous cleaning products for the protection of the pup/dog and your belongings BEFORE you bring home a dog?
6) Are you willing to accept that a puppy/dog will need a confident leader and training just as much as love to be happy?
7) Are you willing to learn how to train your new pup/dog by joining an obedience class or hire a dog trainer to come to your home so you can learn the fundamentals? Actually training is teaching *you* how to train so you can learn the proper way to help your pup/dog become a good dog citizen?
8) Are you willing to live with dog hair on your furniture and your clothes and make a commitment to this pup/dog’s life for the next 12 years?
9) Are you willing to pay for a pet sitter, dog walker or doggie daycare if no one is home during the day for a potty break. We know humans cannot "hold it" for 8-10 hours so it's not fair to expect our dogs to feel that uncomfortable.
Puppies under 6 months need a minimum of (2) potty breaks, they just cannot "hold it" as long as an adult dog. Puppies under 6 months need to be raised like a child, not left in a crate for 8 hours. If you don't have time to raise a puppy then perhaps you should consider an older pup or adult dog.
10) Are you willing to accept that if your furniture, cell phone, shoes or other belongings are damaged, or your unattended food is eaten, it is YOUR responsibility for not providing enough of something monitoring, exercise, toys, training, or monitoring?
** Please be aware that we do not place puppies in homes where no one will be home all day. Puppies, like babies, need lots of attention, interaction, and cuddles, another words -- they need to be raised. If you do not have time to raise a puppy at this time then please consider adopting an older pup or young dog.
We can recommend professional pet sitters or doggy day care.