Choosing A Puppy! – Pets Are Not Just For Today But At Least A Decade And A Half
Here are some important points to consider:
1. Do you really want a dog or do you just think you would like one?
2. Think carefully about whether you want a puppy or an adult dog, a small or large breed.
3. Decide whether you want a mixed breed dog or purebred, bearing in mind that on the whole mixed breed dogs are genetically healthier and will cost less in veterinary bills.
4. Do as much research as possible on your chosen breed.
5. It’s very important to choose a dog to suit your lifestyle. Some dogs are less suited to town life or homes without gardens. No dog should be left alone all day or without human contact. All dogs need love, exercise, training, and mental stimulation.
6. Buy your dog or puppy from a breeder who is a member of a breed club or a rescue.
7. Never buy a puppy from a pet shop or by meeting someone at a motorway service station or a parking area of a mall. Be extremely cautious about buying through an internet or local paper advertisement because this avenue of marketing is a favoured outlet of puppy farms.
8. Never fall for the line, ‘If you don’t take him now, he may he not be here tomorrow.
9. Ask to see the five generation pedigree certificate of the dog before agreeing to purchase.
10. It is essential that you see the puppies interacting with their mother and in a home environment where they have had a chance to be properly socialised with humans and other animals. Never accept a puppy which has been taken from its mother at less than eight weeks old.
11. When seeing puppies for the first time they should be playful and eating well. Check that the eyes are clear and bright, there is no diarrhoea, and the coat is clean. A good breeder will help you to choose a puppy whose temperament will suit your lifestyle and family circumstances.
12. Moving forward, be cautious as to whom you get advice from for the wellness of your pet. Breeders, groomers, pet store attendants, boarding kennels and dog walkers are willing to give advice about pet’s health, nutrition and behaviour. Their experience is appreciated; however do get professional advice about these topics from your Veterinarian or Vet Nurse. They have invested time and education you give you the best advice.
(This article was adapted from Dog Breed Health)