It's National Puppy Day! Here's what you need to know before adopting a dog

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It's National Puppy Day! What You Need To Know Before Adopting A Dog

(EyeOpener) -- March 23rd is National Puppy Day! If you have a puppy, this is the day to dote over them even more than normal. However, you might be considering breaking down and getting a little fur ball of your own. So we sent Hilary Kennedy to Hollywood Feed to talk to Brittany Gilliam about exactly what we need to know if you're about to introduce a new furry friend into your family.

First, figure out just how much time you'll have for your new puppy. Do you live in a house where they can run around out back or are you in an apartment and will have to take your dog on longer walks? Are you a stay-at-home kind of person? If so, then a small, active dog might not be the best fit for you. Before adopting a puppy, decide which breed best fits your lifestyle.

Second, consider the cost. Besides food, bowls, leashes, collars, toys and treats, there are vaccinations, registration fees, heartworm pills and more.

Finally, consider getting a crate. Believe it or not, crates can be a good thing. Besides giving your puppy a safe space, it keeps them from getting out and hurting themselves by eating/chewing on things they shouldn't be.

For more information, please check out Hollywood Feed.

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It's National Puppy Day! Here's what you need to know before adopting a dog
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