Making the decision to bring a new puppy home is both very exciting and can be full of potential pitfalls. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of an adorable little ball of fur coming home to spend the rest of its life with you. Because of this you should prepare yourself with some knowledge before you even consider looking. Here are a few tips to help get you started on the right path the your next best friend.
Decide On The Breed Of Pooch
Before you think about a breeder, gender or anything else about your new pet you need to come to some decisions regarding breed. This is one of the most critical parts of the process as it will help to dictate what kind of relationship you have with your friend. Some people know they would rather have a mixed breed and this is fine. If you’re going to go this route then you will definitely want to meet at least one of the parents.
When you are considering what breed keep in mind that they won’t be puppies forever. An adorable Great Dane may seem perfect when their twenty pounds and eight weeks old. Keep in mind this dog could easily be a hundred pounds at seven months and very clumsy.
Besides size you also need to take into consideration what the breed was originally meant to do. This is going to help guide you to getting a better picture of what their personality will be. Huskies were bred to travel miles over frozen ground. They needed their instincts to help keep everyone safe from the harsh climate they were bred in. This has created an independent dog who wants to wander.
Select A Quality Breeder
Now that you have an idea of what kind of dog you’d like it’s time for you to start interviewing breeders. This can be one of the most difficult steps for two reasons: cute puppies and people. You may find someone you really like on a personal level only to discover that their dogs aren’t the best. Likewise, a cute puppy may sucker you into taking it home when it’s really not the best idea.
You want a breeder who is both friendly and protective of their puppies. If there are people nearby who own one of their dogs it’s a good idea to meet them. Two big indicators of breeders who are less than scrupulous are: They are willing to sell the puppies younger than eight weeks or they have many, many dogs, (as in too many to count).
Meet The Parents
With the internet it’s even easier to shop for dogs. You can find rare breeds out of state and adorable puppies available year round. It can be very tempting to buy a puppy this way and pick it up at the airport. This can be a terrible idea. You should get a chance to meet the parents of the pooch you’ll be spending so much time with. This will give you a good idea of what kind of adult your dog will be.
How To Spot Signs Of Illness
First of all, it’s never a good idea to bring a puppy home before they are at least seven weeks old. Most reputable breeders suggest a minimum of twelve weeks. Before this age they still need mom and their littermates to help teach them about the pack and believe it or not this will help your dog to be a better member of the household.
In addition to this, puppies with hard, round bellies, weepy eyes or noses and runny stools should be avoided. If you follow these suggestions you’ll have a healthy four-legger in your home in no time.