Thinking of getting a puppy? -
If you are
thinking about getting a new puppy then
try and go along to a training class and watch a session because there you will be able to see and meet a number of
different breeds, see them being trained, talk to the owners and learn more
about the breed (the good points and sometimes the bad!) you are interested in and also see what puppies grow into!
you get your puppy
much if not more thought to your choice of puppy as you would to choosing a new
car, carpet etc. Remember your puppy will need your love and care for its whole
life often around 15 years. Choose the breed, which will be suitable to your
life style and what you would like the dog to
going to look at pups visit dog-training clubs speak to those who already
own the breed you are interested in, trainers
Buy a book
on the breed remembering that most breed books (and breeders) will of course
be bias towards their breed. Often only pointing out the positive side of
owning such a breed (which is why visiting training club is a good
decide to go and look at pups leave your chequebook at home on the first visit
then you will not buy on impulse.
a good breeder will be much like having an interview and may go on for some
time this is the way it should be it means they care about where the pup is
make sure you see the pups with their mother (and the father if
age to take a pup to his/her new home is 8 to 10 weeks Dont be talked into
taking them younger they need to be with their mother till then pups taken
away young can grow up with all sorts of temperament
right pup for you The one that leaves his litter mates to come to you, and
wont leave you alone, sometimes trying to keep the other pups away will
likely be more suited to a home where he/she will be worked. The pup that sits
at the back and alone and looks sad is likely to remain that way and so you may
have temperament problems etc. The one likely to make the best family dog is the
one that runs up to say hello and then after a short time is happy to rejoin
his/her litter mates.
tempted to buy 2 (or more!) pups from the same litter. If you would like more
than one dog, then perhaps having a space of around 18 months between pups is
best. This gives a better chance of each pup bonding more strongly with you and
not with each other.
Try not to
be tempted buy from a 'puppy farm' - you may be helping one pup to a better
life but the more that are sold the more they will
By all means
read books on puppies, training, behaviour etc but remember two things -
1.Your puppy will never read these books and may not know how he should behave
and 2.The only experts on dogs are dogs!
And after all
this it will still be very much a case of 'paying you money and taking your
So you've picked your pup......... before you pick him/her up
Think about getting bowls, puppy collar,lead and bedding.
Consider getting a indoor crate...they really are like a puppy's private room
they also help with 'house training' and avoiding a number of little puppy problems. If you visit one of our training sessions please ask for our 'handout' on indoor crates.
The breeder should give you information on what your pup has been fed on
and how often and will often have food to give (or sell) you to start you off.
A good idea is to register with a vet so you can pop your pup along for a 'check up' in the first few days.