A Committed New Owner

By now you should understand what makes the PWD a most unique and special dog, one that may fit nicely into your family and lifestyle. If you have researched breeders, you should be able to recognize a knowledgeable and responsible PWD breeder who cares not only about his pups but also about what kind of owner you will be. If you have completed the final step in your new journey, you have found a responsible breeder.

The decision to live with a PWD is a serious commitment and not one to be taken lightly. A puppy is a living sentient being that will be dependent on you for basic survival for his entire life. Beyond the basics of survival – food, water, shelter and protection – he need much, much more. The new pup needs love, nurturing and a proper canine education to mold him into a responsible, well-behaved canine citizen. Your PWD’s health and good manners will need consistent monitoring and regular “tune-ups,” so your job as a responsible dog owner will be ongoing throughout every stage of his life. If you are not prepared to accept these responsibilities and commit to them for the next decade, likely longer, then you are not prepared to own a dog of any breed.

Although the responsibilities of owning a dog may at times tax your patience, the joy of living with you PWD far outweighs the workload, and a well-mannered adult dog is worth your time and effort. Before your very eyes, you new charge will grow up to be your most loyal friend, devoted to you unconditionally.

Your PWD Shopping List

If your breeder is responsible they will educate you fully on exactly what products you should have well before bringing your puppy home. All products are not equal and every breed is unique with what works best for them.

Just as expectant parents prepare a nursery for their baby, so should you ready your home for the arrival of your PWD pup. If you have the necessary puppy supplies purchased and in place before he comes home, it will ease the puppy’s transition from the warmth and familiarity of the mom and littermates to the brand-new environment of his new home and human family.

You will be too busy to stock up and prepare your house after your pup comes home, that’s for sure! Imagine how a pup must feel upon being transported to a strange new place. It’s up to you to comfort him and to let your little PWD pup know that he is going to be happy with you.

Cost of Ownership

The purchase price of your puppy is merely the first expense in the typical dog budget. Quality dog food, proper veterinary care sickness and health maintenance), dog supplies and grooming costs will add up to big bucks every year and even more so if you do not know what you are doing ahead of time. Can you adequately afford to support a canine addition to the family?

Teething Time

All puppies chew. It’s normal canine behavior. Chewing just plain feels good to a puppy, especially during the three-to five-month teething period when the adult teeth are breaking through the gums. Rather than attempting to eliminate such a strong natural chewing instinct, you will be more successful if you redirect it and teach your puppy what he may or many not chew. Inappropriate chewing will not be a big problem if you know the correct things to do and have the right things on hand. All breeds are different and not all dog’s like to chew on the same kinds of toys. A responsible breeder will be able to show you which chew toys have worked best with their line of dogs.

Make a Commitment

Dogs are most assuredly man’s best friend, but they are also a lot of work. When you add a puppy to your family, you also are adding to your daily responsibilities for years to come. Dogs need more than just food, water and a place to sleep. They also require training (which can be ongoing throughout the lifetime of the dog), activity to keep them physically and mentally fit and hands-on-attention every day, plus grooming and health care. Your life as you now know it may well disappear! Are you prepared for such drastic changes? Have you found a breeder who is willing to educate you on all aspects of dog care for 6 weeks before you take your puppy home as well as the 8 weeks after, as well as promising you a lifetime of support? If not then the results for rearing up your pup will not be optimized, as the window for socializing can close as early as 20 weeks. You will want to find a breeder who prepares you ahead of bringing the puppy home so you do not miss windows of opportunity.

The old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially true when it comes to puppies. It is much easier to prevent inappropriate behavior than it is to change it. It’s also easier and less stressful for the pup, since it will keep discipline to a minimum and create a more positive learning environment for him. That, in turn, will also be easier on you. Finding a breeder who prepares you, one who remains in touch to mentor you along the puppy rearing process is priceless.

Information derived from the American Kennel Club.