Have you and your family recently made the decision to adopt or buy a puppy dog? Getting a puppy comes with many benefits to all members of the family, that you can all reap for many years to come.

Owning Your First Puppy

The benefits to getting a puppy include:

Good for your mood – did you know it only takes spending 15-30 minutes with your pet to help you feel more relaxed and calm? Spending time with puppies and dogs boosts your serotonin levels, so you will actually feel happier having a dog around.

Good for your physical health – owning a puppy comes with responsibilities, including keeping him or her active every day. Taking your puppy for walks is not only necessary for your puppy, it is also great for your own physical health. Taking your puppy for a 30 minute walk, jog or run every day will meet your own daily requirements for physical activity.

Good for your social life – you’d be surprised as to how many people out there have made friends because of their mutual love for dogs! Signing your pup up to a local puppy school is a great opportunity to be more social and potentially make new friends.

Good for kids to grow stronger – did you know that having a puppy around the house can actually contribute to your children becoming stronger? According to Science Daily, kids who grow up with dogs in the home have less allergies, less likely to get eczema and even less sick days from school.

Good for children suffering from ADHD – both Pet Wiki and WebMD sources agree that puppies make great pets for children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (commonly referred to as ADHD). They provide therapeutic effects and help to calm the children.

Good for friends and family – if you raise a well behaved puppy, you can help others to be happier too. If you’re going away for the weekend or away with the family, see if any of your friends or family would like to take care of your pet for the weekend. You’d be surprised as to the difference it can make to someone’s mood for them to be around a puppy for a few days! Don’t forget though that not everyone will be available when you need them to, so you might have to look at a local boarding kennel.


Before you adopt of buy a new puppy, there’s a few things you’ll need to ask yourself in order to confirm whether you are in the right position to get one or not.

  • Do you have the TIME to look after a puppy? If everyone in the family is away at school/work during the week, it might not be ideal to get a puppy. Puppies shouldn’t be left by themselves for 6+ hours a day, so unless you can invest in doggy day care, you might want to think about getting a fish instead!
  • Do you have the funds to look after a puppy? Puppies don’t come cheap – you need to consider all the things that will need to be purchased (both one off and regularly) before you invest in one. This includes food, toys, bedding, training and many other things.