Are you ready for a puppy?
Imagine that a small furry bomb went off in your home, mangling your furniture, destroying your carpets, even chewing up some of your clothing. Taking home a puppy is a life-changing decision. Is it the right one for you?
People often have unrealistic expectations of their dogs, says Cynthia Jones, spokesperson and volunteer for Dianas Grove Dog Rescue in Bunker, Mo.
Rescuers see what happens when people haven't done their research and don't consider what the dog was bred to do, says Jane Fink, West Highland White Terrier breeder, rescue volunteer, and obedience trainer in Anderson, S.C.
This is Your Life with a Puppy
Lets imagine what your life would be like if you took home a furry, loving bundle of energy.
Although smitten by his charm, you'll need to focus on your pups well-being.
Your immediate concern will be teaching your pup enough house rules to live in your home without destroying it or your sanity. Love alone won't do it, says Fink. Puppies require attention, supervision, training, and time.
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