Buying a Puppy
Congratulations on your decision to buy a puppy! Owning a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. You will have a loyal companion for life that will provide you with tons of memories and lots of exciting adventures. However, before you purchase your new companion, you should do a substantial amount of research. Owning a puppy is a lot like having a newborn child, so make sure you have the time and patience for that! Also, do a lot of research about the different dog breeds. Although you may find one to be cuter than the other, it may not be ideal for your lifestyle. Lastly, research the people you are buying from. Whether you are buying from a breeder, pet store, or neighbor, gather as much information about them as possible. This will insure that you get a healthy puppy.
Where should I get My Puppy from?
When it comes to buying a puppy, you will find that you have nearly unlimited options. A quick Google search for “buy a puppy” will net you page upon page of purchasing options. You can choose to purchase your puppy online from breeders and have him or her shipped to you, or you can even visit a breeder in person and pick up your puppy directly from them. You may also choose a rescue dog. Although puppies are rare to find in shelters, there are some communities who work to pull puppies off of the street and find homes for them.
You can also search your local newspaper, Craigslist, Greensheet, or even ask around in your neighborhood. Regardless of where or from whom you decide to purchase your new little furry bundle of joy, research them! Although some breeders may appear to be great, kind, loving people who know a lot about dogs and produce happy, healthy puppies, a few hours on the internet may show otherwise. You want to avoid purchasing from puppy mills as this not only supports cruelty, but you will also likely end up with a puppy with health issues.
Choosing the Right Breed
When you decide to buy a puppy, try to avoid picking up the first cute one you see. Like we mentioned, the puppy may look adorable but may not fit into your lifestyle. For example, a Pekingese can easily win you over with those huge eyes, soft fur, and adorable bark, but they are not ideal for people with small children. Pekingese dogs can sometimes nip children if they are handled too much. Always research the breed and ask as many questions as possible. You need to consider how much time you have to devote to your dog, any allergens, your household, and the amount of space you can offer to your pet. Some breeds need lots of room to run around while others are quite content in small spaces.
Enjoy Your New Best Friend
Regardless of what breed that you decide best suits you or where you get your new found friend from, one thing is guaranteed: you will have a friend for life. Remember to be patient, understanding, and consistent with your new puppy. Like a baby, everything is new to them and they do not understand what is acceptable and what is not. It is up to you to train them, spoil them, and return the love they so generously offer up!