Puppy Quiz Result – Puppy

Congratulations! We think you’re well on your way to becoming a new puppy owner.

As you should already know, getting a puppy is going to be hard work – we hope you will bear with us as we work through the adoption process with you, to ensure a successful adoption.


Below are the answers to the quiz you’ve just taken:

Question:
How often do you plan to walk your puppy?

1. No need to walk, I plan to train my puppy to do its business at home only.

2. Once a week

3. Once a day

4. 2-4 times a day

Puppyhood is the best time to train your pup to do his/her business outdoors, to save you the trouble of having to clean up after them at home! Also, it’s the best time to introduce them to the great big outdoors, so that they will learn not to be afraid to go out of the house. Puppies are also full of energy, and taking them out of the house several times a day provides enrichment to an otherwise boring and dull day, which may end up with them barking or chewing on furniture out of boredom.

Question:
How long should each walk be?

1. 5 minutes

2. 15 minutes

3. 45 minutes

4. 2 hours

While it isn’t necessary for each walk to be hours long, it should allow for your pup to relax and enjoy its surroundings. Provide a good mix of structured walks as well as sniffing time – sniffing is a mental enrichment and slows down their heartbeat.

Also, we should also note that young puppies should not be exercised too much, as over-exercising could cause joint and bone problems.

Question:
How long do you think it’ll take a puppy to settle into a new home?

1. 3 hours

2. 2 days

3. 1 week

4. 2 weeks

Depending on the dog (and human, or course), it can take 2 weeks or more for a puppy to settle into the home. This includes getting used to the routine, knowing his/her boundaries as well as getting familiar with the people taking care of him/her.

Question:
Even with training, a puppy might still…  

1. Bark when left alone, be wary of strangers, and show fearful or aggressive behaviour

2. Pee and poo around the house, chew and destroy furniture and humans’ belongings, play bite you till you get scratches on your hands and ankles

3. All of the above

4. None of the above! A well-trained dog will be a good dog.

When you get a pup, be prepared for all of the above. If you’re unsure about whether these are things you can tolerate, consider adopting an older dog instead.

Question:
When you have a puppy, how much time do you plan to spend playing with and training your puppy?

1. 2 hours a week

2. 15 minutes a day

3. 1 hour a day

4. 2 hours a day

Like humans, dogs need social engagement and enrichment. Even more so for puppies who are learning their ways around the world. While we have our own lives other than our relationship with our dogs, all our dogs have is us. If you aren’t able to spare an hour a day engaging with and training your pup, perhaps consider getting an older dog, or another pet that requires less time and attention.

Question:
Having a puppy is messy, time-consuming business! What kind of mess will you be able to tolerate cleaning up?|

1. Pee, poo, shredded toys, torn up beds and rugs, stolen shoes and socks

2. Fur and saliva

3. No problem. It’s all part and parcel of pet ownership.

4. I will train the puppy so it doesn’t create any of this mess.

Do expect all of the above (and more) when you intend to get a pup! Even adult dogs who are higher energied, newly rescued or fresh out of the shelter may cause the above mess. While we may try to train bad habits out of the dogs, some of the above are unavoidable when you own a dog. If you aren’t able to tolerate a moderate amount of the above in the long run, you should probably think twice before getting a dog.

Question:
How old can you stop training your puppy?

1. Never

2. 6 months old

3. 1 year old

4. 3 years old

Dogs, like us, go through changes in their lives. They will need to continuously learn good behaviour around different stimulus, especially when things in their humans’ life change too. Continuous training and engagement with your dog allows you to be more in tune to their behaviour, and is useful for preventing behavioural issues from escalating.

Question: What is the BEST way to tire out your puppy?

1. Bring puppy to the dog run

2. Teach puppy new tricks

3. Use creative methods to make puppy work for its food during meal times

4. Bring puppy with me when I go for a jog

 

Bringing your pup to the dog run may be a good way to expend your pup’s energy, but it might mean exposing your pup to illnesses that he/she isn’t fully vaccinated against yet. Also, there is a good chance your pup might pick up bad behaviours, or have negative experiences with other dogs who may not have good canine manners. You should always socialize your pup within a controlled environment, with mature and good-natured dogs that you know.

If your pup is under 6 months old, taking him/her jogging can risk his/her growing joints and muscles, which may affect them later on in life.

Scattering dry kibble or treats over snuffle mat, feeding your pup with slow bowl or Kong allows him/her to naturally forage for food. This is inexpensive and easy way to offer your pup extra enrichment by simply combining its meal time with a mental work out!

Question:
Which of the following do you plan to spend time and effort introducing to your pup so that it becomes less afraid in future?

1. Strangers

2. Children

3. Loud & sudden noises

4. Moving vehicles

5. Other dogs

6. All of the above

7. Can I just pick a confident and friendly puppy?

Yes, ALL of the above are typical things that may be scary for a pup. Even if the puppy appears confident and friendly at first, it is still imperative to reinforce your pup calm and relaxed around these things, to prevent behavioural issues that may arise from fear and insecurity.

Question:
What would you do if someone in the household develops a minor allergy reaction to dog fur?

1. Clean the house more regularly

2. Give the dog away

3. Shower the dog more regularly

4. Avoid or reduce interactions between dog and person who is allergic

While we might not be able to control our immune system from getting allergies, we can work at managing the environment to reduce the chances of allergy symptoms acting up.

Question:
What would you do if your work becomes more demanding of your time and you have less time for your dog?  

1. Send the dog for daycare

2. Engage a dog walker, or have family members or friends to help check in on your dog on your longer work days

3. Make arrangements at work such that it may allow you more flexibility to care for your dog when necessary

4. Give the dog back to the shelter so they can rehome the dog to a family who’s able to spend more time with the dog

5. Train your dog to be independent enough to be left home alone for longer hours

We fully understand life changes unexpectedly, but when rehoming a dog, our goal is to find a family who’s willing to do what it takes to keep the dog even when the going gets tough. A dog has feelings, and to be taken away from a family it’s come to know is extremely heartbreaking.

Question:
What would you do if your puppy behaves in an undesirable manner when it grows older? (Select in order of preference)

1. Euthanize the dog

2.Search online and ask friends for suggestions on fixing the behaviour

3. Engage a professional trainer

4. Give the dog up to a shelter

5. Look for another home for the dog

When you adopt a dog, bear in mind it is your responsibility to train your dog and manage them to prevent behavioural issues and bite incidents. Should you start to see any issues starting to arise, do seek reputable professional help promptly so that you can nip the problem in the bud as soon as possible, as well as learn to manage your dog’s environment to keep everyone safe and happy.

Question:
How much are you prepared to fork out for your dog on a yearly basis?

1. Less than $600

2. $600-1000

3. $1000-2000

4. More than $2000

Basic pet ownership includes nutritionally balanced meals, regular grooming, necessary vaccinations and parasite preventatives. On top of these, its inevitable that the pet requires vet visits when it falls sick. If you’re getting a puppy, it is also important that you bring it for training, to equip yourself with skills and knowledge to ensure the puppy grows up to be a good canine citizen. These things add up, and can easily surpass $2000 per year. Do ensure you set aside sufficient funds throughout the course of your pet’s life.