Seven little rules to help you find the puppy of your dreams
Choosing the right puppy puppy is a milestone moment and believe me, I know just how difficult it is to be patient when you are desperate to introduce that new little fluffball into your family.
But patient you must be. Rushing down to you local pet shop or buying the first puppy you see after checking out the classifieds is probably the worst thing you can do.
Remember, that cute puppy will soon turn into an adult dog who is going to be with you for the next 10-15 years (give or take ) so make sure you have taken the time out to think about which dog would suit your lifestyle the best .
It’s not just a cute puppy you are getting. You are introducing a family dog into your life. That’s a lot of time and a major commitment, so take your time and don’t rush things.
7 Golden Rules To Help You Choose The Right Puppy
- Insist on seeing the puppy with its mother. You should be given the opportunity to see the puppy with their mother and litter-
mates in situ, this will help you to gauge the temperament of the mum as this is often a trait handed down to her offspring.
- Never let a breeder fob you off and not let you see the mother. Often a disreputable breeder will try to say the mother is ill or unavailable. They may suggest a meeting with the puppy somewhere ‘convenient’, or at a neutral location like a car park. You must insist on seeing the puppy with their parents in the environment they are being raised.
- Always ensure your puppy has been raised in a household environment. This is especially true if you want a companion dog. It makes sense that you should be very wary of any puppy that has been raised in kennels, a yard or garage away from social contact with people.
- Don’t buy a puppy that seems frightened or timid because you feel sorry for it. Likewise, avoid the puppy that bounds up to and pushes all of its siblings aside. This is most likely to be the dominant puppy. You are better off picking your pup from those in the middle, this is especially true if you are new to dogs. Any good breeder will recognise this and be able to advise you.
- Never buy a puppy from a pet store, or a dog breeder that has many different breeds running about either. It is unlikely the breeder has a secure handle on exactly what’s going on. Issues may arise where puppies are not properly screened and the puppies may not be as pure bred as the breeder claims they are either!
- Check Your Breeders focus. If you find a dog breeder has several dog breeds present, then it is unlikely they will have the focused expertise on the specific breed you have chosen. They are more likely to be a ‘middle man’ puppy dealer, concerned only with profit than the welfare of their animals.
- Choose the right puppy to match your own lifestyle and circumstances. Let your head rule your heart. You may have a favorite dog breed in mind before you begin looking, but personal preferences are always subjective. What you would like is perhaps not practicable today.
Just remember, you are a dog lover at heart and whatever puppy you choose, you will love them and they will be adorable.