Pik-A-Pup Kennel
Bringing love to the world, one puppy at a time

In New England
508-429-4431

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About Pik-A-Pup Kennel

Introducing a New Puppy to Your Kids

If you’ve been wrestling with the decision of whether or not you want to add a new puppy to your family dynamic, you’re certainly not alone. Many families before you have contemplated how a pet will affect their lives. On the one hand, there is the training involved and the dreaded backyard clean-up, but ultimately, the excitement and joy that a new puppy will bring usually reigns victorious. Once you have made the decision, you will soon discover that choosing one among all of the adorable faces of the available puppies for sale is a difficult task in its own right. At Pik-A-Pup Kennel in Massachusetts, where over 40 breeds of puppies are available, the expert staff fully understands how important it is to find the right puppy for your family. Therefore, the dedicated team members at Pip-A-Pup do everything in their power to help guide you in the decision-making process until you find the perfect pal. The following are a few guidelines to follow:

Should the entire family come to choose a puppy? While bringing young children into the kennel may seem like a good idea, it may end up presenting a problem, because it is natural for them want every puppy they see. Also, if you don’t take one home, then it may be heartbreaking for your children to leave the kennel. Instead, if you want your children to have a say in the decision, it is recommended that you come into the kennel beforehand to narrow down the choices to a few puppies. Then bring your children in and help them choose. The goal is to take uncertainty and disappointment out of the equation.

Are there certain characteristics that your pet should have? You may be thinking about some specific characteristics that you’d like a puppy to have. It's very important to make sure that the puppy is well-socialized with other puppies and people. At Pik-A-Pup Kennel, that is always the case. The staff can describe the individual personalities of the puppies for sale, and you can see these for yourself by interacting with the puppies as well. It is also important to note that the personality that a puppy exhibits will change somewhat when the puppy goes home and is presented with a different environment, as puppies tend to evolve and take on some of the traits of their new families.

What should parents tell children about playing with a new puppy? The Pik-A-Pup Kennel staff makes a point to go over this topic in great detail with new pet owners who have children. It’s very important that everyone in the family know how to properly interact with a puppy. Even the most timid, playful, or mellow puppy may react to protect itself if you come at it from the front or with a quick motion to the head or face. A young child should be taught how to approach and treat the puppy properly and should not be left alone with the puppy until you’re sure it knows how to behave.

What should we do when we bring our puppy home? One of the most important things about bringing a new puppy home is helping to make sure that the puppy feels comfortable in its new surroundings. As tempting as it may be to spend all day petting and playing with the puppy, it will need some time to adjust. After a few days, however, you and your family will start enjoying all of the perks that come with having a new puppy.