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When is the best time to get a puppy? You’ll want to consider:

  1. The season
  2. Your schedule
  3. Your puppy’s temperament

Most dog owners and dog sitters agree that spring or summer are the optimal seasons for obtaining your four-legged friend. Warmer months are ideal times for house-breaking your puppy, and also give your family the benefit of longer and sunnier days for walks and playtime.

Fall and winter can be a little harder for breeds that are sensitive to chilly temperatures. Most puppies and small-breed dogs have a hard time adjusting to the cold weather, which makes house-training harder to accomplish. (Think about how you much you don’t like to go outside when it’s dark, cold, or snowy out—your dog will likely feel the same.) The months before end of the year are also jam-packed with the chaos of holiday shopping, traveling, and family gatherings.

Get a puppy at a time when you can create a predictable routine for your new dog. You should consider whether you’re taking any time off to travel during these first months with your pup. Keep in mind that dogs are pack animals and like to be part of the family. It might be stressful for your puppy to be separated from you right after becoming part of the family.

At the end of the day, get your puppy at a time when you can dedicate some quality hours to bonding, training, and snuggles. You’ll both need time to adjust to each other. There may some ups and downs as you learn each other’s personalities, and as you make room in your life for an energetic canine family member.

Fortunately, even if you have a busy work schedule, frequent travel plans, or just too much to do and not enough time—you can still enjoy the love of a dog. That’s because it’s easier than ever to find and book quality, personalized pet care in your neighborhood.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital,located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: [email protected]