PETS PAUSE: The real scoop on welcoming a puppy into your home

Opinion Jun 19, 2017 by Mary Lamb, Animal Adoptions of Flamborough Flamborough Review

A typical family has been contemplating adding a four-legged friend for the children in the household. One of their reasons is that it will teach the kids responsibility. After all, they have agreed to walk the puppy, feed it and clean up any messes.

Realistically, this requires seriously deeper consideration. It is easy for a child to make a commitment in the absence of having to fulfil it. They just may handle all the chores for the first week or 10 days until the novelty wears off. Then you will end up hearing, “It's not my turn.”

Puppies are a whole lot of work. I know first hand. Because of their small bladder, they must go out to pee every hour or so. Some puppies catch on quickly, whereas others can take months to learn the routine. Accidents do happen in the house — and frequently.

Of course, one cannot watch the new additions 24-7. Therefore, crate training is strongly advised, starting from the day he comes home. It is not used as a punishment, but as a safe haven. Puppy is now safe and so is the house.

The best thing puppies are good at is chewing. Make certain you have lots of chew toys on hand. Even with a well stocked supply, they still like to experience other things. Baseboards seem to be very appealing. I have had to replace several.

Your new puppy will need regular visits to your local veterinarian. Microchipping is a must, that way if he escapes and is picked up, you can be reunited with your lost family member. A fenced yard is also important. Puppies like play time. No pet, whatever the age, should be tied up.

You’ll need a leash, collar, ID tags, food and water dishes, toys, and a multi-year commitment before you are ready to enjoy your new pet.

With so many dogs out there looking for a forever home, we recommend that you adopt instead of purchasing a pet. Depending on their age, they will come to you with needles that are up-to-date, will be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Lots of them are already house-trained. Older dogs make great pets and are already past the chewing stage.

Your pets should be treated like family. The love and loyalty you will receive is amazing.

PETS PAUSE: The real scoop on welcoming a puppy into your home

Opinion Jun 19, 2017 by Mary Lamb, Animal Adoptions of Flamborough Flamborough Review

A typical family has been contemplating adding a four-legged friend for the children in the household. One of their reasons is that it will teach the kids responsibility. After all, they have agreed to walk the puppy, feed it and clean up any messes.

Realistically, this requires seriously deeper consideration. It is easy for a child to make a commitment in the absence of having to fulfil it. They just may handle all the chores for the first week or 10 days until the novelty wears off. Then you will end up hearing, “It's not my turn.”

Puppies are a whole lot of work. I know first hand. Because of their small bladder, they must go out to pee every hour or so. Some puppies catch on quickly, whereas others can take months to learn the routine. Accidents do happen in the house — and frequently.

Of course, one cannot watch the new additions 24-7. Therefore, crate training is strongly advised, starting from the day he comes home. It is not used as a punishment, but as a safe haven. Puppy is now safe and so is the house.

The best thing puppies are good at is chewing. Make certain you have lots of chew toys on hand. Even with a well stocked supply, they still like to experience other things. Baseboards seem to be very appealing. I have had to replace several.

Your new puppy will need regular visits to your local veterinarian. Microchipping is a must, that way if he escapes and is picked up, you can be reunited with your lost family member. A fenced yard is also important. Puppies like play time. No pet, whatever the age, should be tied up.

You’ll need a leash, collar, ID tags, food and water dishes, toys, and a multi-year commitment before you are ready to enjoy your new pet.

With so many dogs out there looking for a forever home, we recommend that you adopt instead of purchasing a pet. Depending on their age, they will come to you with needles that are up-to-date, will be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Lots of them are already house-trained. Older dogs make great pets and are already past the chewing stage.

Your pets should be treated like family. The love and loyalty you will receive is amazing.

PETS PAUSE: The real scoop on welcoming a puppy into your home

Opinion Jun 19, 2017 by Mary Lamb, Animal Adoptions of Flamborough Flamborough Review

A typical family has been contemplating adding a four-legged friend for the children in the household. One of their reasons is that it will teach the kids responsibility. After all, they have agreed to walk the puppy, feed it and clean up any messes.

Realistically, this requires seriously deeper consideration. It is easy for a child to make a commitment in the absence of having to fulfil it. They just may handle all the chores for the first week or 10 days until the novelty wears off. Then you will end up hearing, “It's not my turn.”

Puppies are a whole lot of work. I know first hand. Because of their small bladder, they must go out to pee every hour or so. Some puppies catch on quickly, whereas others can take months to learn the routine. Accidents do happen in the house — and frequently.

Of course, one cannot watch the new additions 24-7. Therefore, crate training is strongly advised, starting from the day he comes home. It is not used as a punishment, but as a safe haven. Puppy is now safe and so is the house.

The best thing puppies are good at is chewing. Make certain you have lots of chew toys on hand. Even with a well stocked supply, they still like to experience other things. Baseboards seem to be very appealing. I have had to replace several.

Your new puppy will need regular visits to your local veterinarian. Microchipping is a must, that way if he escapes and is picked up, you can be reunited with your lost family member. A fenced yard is also important. Puppies like play time. No pet, whatever the age, should be tied up.

You’ll need a leash, collar, ID tags, food and water dishes, toys, and a multi-year commitment before you are ready to enjoy your new pet.

With so many dogs out there looking for a forever home, we recommend that you adopt instead of purchasing a pet. Depending on their age, they will come to you with needles that are up-to-date, will be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Lots of them are already house-trained. Older dogs make great pets and are already past the chewing stage.

Your pets should be treated like family. The love and loyalty you will receive is amazing.