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I Adopted a 6 Month Old Puppy (and This is What I Learned)

Kelli Rascoe | January 8, 2020

Bosch the puppy looking at the camera

With a recent move, new home, and two furry family members already established as a part of the pack, we thought that there was no better time to expand the family. Pets change the family dynamic. And, without a doubt, a 6 month old puppy brings a special energy to the home. This is what happened when I adopted my 6 month old puppy Bosch and what I’ve learned from the experience.

A 6 month old puppy joined my family and here is what I learned

Bosch the puppy sitting in the car

Puppies take time

Everyone has a schedule, and this includes your new puppy! Although we already had two dogs, a puppy may take additional time in your daily activities. For instance, between behavior training, crate training, and leash training, your puppy needs dedicated time just with you to learn and bond.

In addition, to acclimate to their new environment, they will need the proper time to become familiar and comfortable with their new home.

For example, if there are other kids or pets in your home, it may take time for all family members to feel comfortable in the space. It takes time for everyone to adjust, and that is okay.

Your routine or schedule may change

A puppy needs dedicated time to learn, grow, and bond. So, it makes sense schedules might need to change or adapt.

For example, while I’m leash training, I take separate walks with our puppy. This gives me the chance to fully focus all my energy on him. Also, I take the time to do at least one daily family walk, so everyone can interact together.

In addition, I have to take my 6 month old puppy out every two hours while we are potty training him. That means we have a limited window to be away from home. Further, a flexible schedule gives your new puppy a chance to socialize with everyone.

Training is essential

Every pet can benefit from training, and my 6 month old puppy is no different! Naturally, training is an essential foundation for a happy and healthy pet. I’m right in the middle of leash training, crate training, and basic training.

It has been over six years since we’ve had a new pet, and I’ve forgotten how hard it is to train a puppy. What I’ve found is there is so much learning, not just for the puppy, but for me and my family as well. I’ve found that positive reinforcement and repetition go a long way, and so does play and cuddle time! For more on basic care, check out this pet care guide.

Budget for a puppy

Puppies are expensive. For example, crates, puppy pads, puppy chew toys, and an extra leash or harness are just some of the items you might not have laying around if you don’t have another pet in the house.

Also, there’s the cost of wellness care, food, and training classes, and that’s not counting if your pup gets sick or injured. Although puppies are an amazing addition to the family, they’re costly, so make sure to take that into consideration when planning for your new addition.

Obviously, I work at Trupanion and know the value of insuring my puppy right away. While I know from past experience how to budget for Bosch’s basic needs, I don’t know what things he might accidentally eat or what injuries he may pick up at the park.

Take the time to bond

Between routines, schedules, and training, it can be easy to miss out on the fun of a puppy. Take the time to play, snuggle, and go on new adventures together! Consider incorporating play into the day, so it gives you and your puppy the chance to bond. Also, interaction and enrichment provide mental, physical, and emotional stimulation, so your furry friend is learning while you bond with them.

Puppy energy level

If you haven’t had a puppy in a while, it can easy to forget the difference of energy between a puppy and an adult dog. As we all know, a puppy is so energetic! Clearly, they are always ready to run and play, even after going to do the dog park or on a long walk. Be prepared to keep busy with your new furry friend.

Puppy Bosch with his toys

My 6 month old puppy is teaching me

Even though it takes a lot of time, effort, and work, my 6 month old puppy is teaching me to get moving and have fun! The joy that a puppy brings to your home is immeasurable, and I’m so excited about our new adventure together.

What have you learned from having a new puppy?

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