Getting a Puppy

Do's and Don'ts

Don't buy a puppy "for the children."  Young children are not capable of taking on the complete responsibility of dog care and ownership.  It will inevitably fall to you to take over.

buy a puppy at holiday time.
The Norman Rockwell painting of the happy family gathered around the tree greeting the new arrival is pure fantasy. Most family holidays resemble more a scene from the Addams Family. A new puppy will only add to the chaos. If you must have a "Holiday Puppy" ask the breeder to hold it for you until things are back to normal.  A good breeder will do this for you.

Do your research!
  Find a good breeder. Contact local kennel or breed clubs for references. Check out your local shelters and rescue groups. They have an abundance of little ones looking for good homes.

Don't buy a puppy at a flea market.  This should be obvious but I'm compelled to say it anyway.

Don't buy a puppy at a pet store.  Most of these poor little ones have come from a "puppy mill."  They have been poorly bred and raised in horrific conditions. Many have congenital health problems. This will cost lots of money and heartache later on.  You may have the noble intention of "rescuing" the poor thing but stop and think. Your money enables the puppy mill owner slime to continue with this odious enterprise.  In all fairness, there are some pet stores who do have good stock.  Be smart!  If they can't or won't tell you where the puppy comes from, use your head.  Also, beware of "designer dogs."  The first generation of breed mixing generally shows "hybrid vigor."  It tends to go down hill after that.  See information on the Puppy Mill Awareness Day.

About breeders...

Remember -- you are taking on the responsibility for another life. It's not a toy to be used and thrown away.

Think and choose wisely!

Your new Puppy

You have made your choice and the new little one is home.

Now what?

First thing is to make an appointment with your veterinarian.  This is very important.  You want to make sure your new friend is in good health.

Should you let your puppy "settle in" and run amok?  No!  Puppies understand the concept of a healthy pack structure.  It is important to begin the 4-step process right away.

Recommended reading:  The Seven Ages of Man's Best Friend by Jan Fennell

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