Beware Of The Impulse Buy
It is hard to resist the appeal of a puppy in a pet shop window, especially if it looks a little bit sad and wistful. These pups have already had a change of home and often a long journey from their original breeder. Even though they may appear well, they could be carrying infections which may cause problems later on after you've taken the puppy home. A reputable pet shop should have the pups vaccinated by a veterinary, who will provide a certificate of inoculation.
A Careful Choice
Whenever possible visit the home of the breeder, or the owner of the bitch. You will be able to ensure that your pup came from a clean and healthy home, and also see what the mother is like, and maybe the father too. When I've purchased a dog for myself, I've always been lucky enough to see both parents which is very re-assuring.
Beware Of Buying From A Newspaper Advertisement.
Be particularly careful about buying a pup through a newspaper advertisement, without seeing it first. As the old saying goes 'buyer beware' and this applies specifically to all kinds of livestock. If your new dog is ill when it arrives, or quite unlike the promises of the advertisement, you may find it difficult to get any satisfaction. Even in the case of a money-back guarantee, it is very little compensation for the disappointment especially where there are children involved.
Buying From A Dogs Home.
You may decide to get a dog from a dogs home. You will have the satisfaction of feeling that you are saving a life and giving some unwanted pet a home. It is well to remember though that young dogs that have been straying for sometime may have become hard to manage. In the case of a bitch she may turn out to be in pup and you will find yourself saddled with rather more dogs than you can manage. Do not just fall for the first dog that you see, talk to the officials at the home and try to find out the background of the dogs that you find the most appealing.
Choosing A Healthy Pup.
It is often difficult for a beginner to distinguish a healthy pup from a poor one – to them one attractive little bundle of fur looks very much like another – but really there is all the difference in the world. A healthy pup should be plump, but not have a swollen or blown-up stomach. Its skin should feel loose instead of seeming to stick to the bones. The coat should shine (except its a wirehaired type) and of course be free from fleas or lice. The eyes should be bright and free from any sign of discharge. In addition it is wise to choose a pup which looks lively and read comes to greet people. A timid pup may have a problem personality and be difficult to train. Finally, do not be surprised if a reputable dog breeder wants to ask a lot of questions to find out if you are going to be a suitable person to own one of their pups.