Buying A Puppy

The commitment of choosing a puppy is greater than it may seem when you first lay your eyes on the cuddly, friendly, furry bundle of joy. It is often hard to make the final decision for all the right reasons. However, it is of paramount importance that before you allow yourself to fall in love with your new friend, you must take precautions to ensure that he will meet your expectations.

  1. Do the research
    Ensure that the dog you are buying fully matches your lifestyle, family circumstances and personality. It is hard to imagine that the puppy you first meet will often grow up to look and behave much differently. Luckily, if you decide to choose a purebred dog, his personality traits and size are often predictable. If you do your homework, he should meet your expectations in the future. Ensure that you apply your research when you visit the litter. If, for example, your chosen breed has a tendency for dominance, be wary of alpha puppies, who are often easy to spot.
  2. Ask the right questions
    Follow your intuition when you are speaking to the breeders it should be clear that they love their dog(s), which is extremely important. Avoid places where puppies are bred purely for financial reasons. Ask to see any registration papers, health certificates and identification (e.g. microchip) for all their dogs. Prepare all your questions beforehand. Ask many personal questions about the mother and father of the puppies, including their age, name, health history and how many litters they have had. The breeder will not mind and should be happy to answer any queries you have and will often tell you personal stories about their dogs. In fact, it should raise your suspicion if you do not get asked any questions. The breeders will often want to make sure that they are placing their puppy in the right hands. Furthermore, request to meet the mother of the puppies, with the father if possible. Be very suspicious if the breeder is making excuses regarding why you may not see her. Spend as much time as possible socialising with the adult dogs and watch their behaviour, as your chosen puppy will likely develop similar characteristics. Ask about any concerns you may be having about your chosen breed. A good breeder will not try to sell a puppy at any cost, but will be honest with you and allow you to make the right decision.
  3. Breeding conditions
    Ask the breeder if you may see the kennel where the puppies were bred. If there is anything that alerts you, such as poor health of the pups, dirty kennel or if the puppies themselves seem neglected, do not agree to purchase a dog only because you feel sorry for him. You may end up regretting it when problems develop. Never agree to collect your puppy or to have him delivered as you risk not seeing the breeding conditions.
  4. Arrange to see a vet
    Once you have chosen your fluffy friend, make sure you take him for a check-up as soon as it is possible. This can uncover any health problems before you become too attached to him.
  5. Training
    Start training your puppy as soon as he enters your home. Make sure you research this before you pick him up from the breeder as it will make it much easier for you both to establish rules in the household. Find a place where you want the puppy to sleep. Do not be afraid to use a crate as this is often an area where your puppy, once he is used to it, will feel safe and secure. It also means you can keep him out of trouble and any potential household dangers when you are unable to watch him. Short daily training sessions of simple commands will ensure your puppy is spending time with you and enjoying himself, you will establish greater control over him and it will use up his mental energy.
  6. Finally, enjoy him!
    You and your new friend will hopefully be together for a long time and although he may at times seem like a lot of trouble, you will mostly feel like you have made one of the best decisions in your life.

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