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Dog Ownership 101 - January/February 2016

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  • Advice
  • Vet
  • Bed
  • Bowl
  • Crate
  • Puppy
  • Care
  • Grooming
  • Tips
  • Enclosure
  • Puppy
  • Dogs
  • Dogs
  • Trimming
  • Domestication
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Dog Ownership 101 teaches dog owners how to properly groom and provide for their pets. Learn the tricks the best dog owners already know!

BUYING A NEW PUPPY by

BUYING A NEW PUPPY by Kelly Livingston If you’re looking for a new puppy, there are several things to consider before you buy. Before purchasing a dog from a breeder or pet store, do some research! There is nothing like a new puppy. Puppies are loving and adorable animals that can bring a smile to almost anyone’s face. However, if you are not careful when purchasing a puppy, you could end up with a dog that is sick or a dog whose personality does not fit in with your family or lifestyle. The following information will help you to find the best new puppy to bring into your family. Buying A Puppy From A Pet Store There have been numerous pet stores that have ceased in the sale of cats and dogs in favor of merchandise that doesn’t require special needs and attention. Some of the bigger chain operations however will sponsor ‘adoption days’ where a local shelter can bring animals into the store in order to find good loving homes. Often times the pets are cleaned up in order to add a special commercial appeal. There are some pet stores that will sell puppies they get from local owners, brokerages and some larger commercial groups. A puppy no doubt is hard to turn away from. There is something about them that will draw your attention. Wherever you purchase your pet from should have a staff that cares for the welfare of the puppy. Ask Questions When Purchasing From A Pet Store Social skills are developed mostly during puppyhood. Should you decide to purchase your dog from a pet store, be as diligent with your questions as you would when purchasing through a breeder. Use your head, not your heart to make your decision. Most everyone at first sight will want to buy him, but you need to go over a few things before enjoying that first cuddle with the puppy. 52 DOG ownership 101 | JANUARY 2016

Review their registration and any applicable health certifications for the puppy and parents. Be sure you have copies of paperwork that reflects their health and shows they have an updated shot record. Get your breeder’s contact information so you can ask them any questions that may arise. Do Not Buy Puppies Under 8 Weeks Old If the puppy is under 8 weeks old, don’t buy it. It is illegal too in most states, but also keeps the puppy from being with their litter mates at a time when they need it most to understand not biting and to gain social skills. A younger dog will also have less control of their bladder and bowels and as a result will be harder to housetrain. Talk with a representative from your pet store to determine how long the puppy has been there. The dog may be 8 weeks old, but if they were taken away from their mother and litter mates two weeks prior, you may be in for a host of issues. Take Your New Puppy To The Vet Immediately If you go to a pet store and purchase a dog, go see an animal doctor as quickly as possible - approximately 24 hours. Usually you have just 24 to 48 to return a puppy after you buy. It can be hard on your emotions to return a dog, but don’t make it worse by trying to care for a sick puppy. Some shelters have the strict standards that breeders have. They might not allow dogs around little children or want a fence around the yard. The overall goal is to give the animal a second chance at family life. Consider Seeing If Your Pets Get Along If you have other pets at home, see if the shelter will allow a visit prior to adoption to see if your pets can socialize with one another. There are some shelters that have a day long waiting period in order to make sure that the adopter is serious about wanting the animal to be a member of their family. Potential adoptive families will need to find out if the shelter has any history about the dog. In some cases, dogs have been given up by their previous owners. There are a multitude of reasons where a behavior is acceptable to some, but not to another. If the dog has been in the shelter for an extended period, employees should be able to give you a wealth of useful information. Ask Questions As To The Dog’s Personality They would know firsthand if the dog is noisy, friendly, trained or shy. Many people are looking for a dog with friendly and calm features, but also one that wants to play. Find one that reflects optimum DOG ownership 101 | JANUARY 2016 53

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