Having a puppy involves lots of new preparations and commitments, so it is important that you understand some of the ways having a puppy will affect you.
This means understanding the following:
Consider a Rescue Dog/Puppy. Why not give a dog a second chance, by treating them right. Rescue dogs have often been neglected by bad owners, but that doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t be the perfect dog for you. The benefits of buying a dog from a rescue shelter is that they put a lot of emphasis on training and preparing the dogs/puppies before sending them to a new home. They also ensure they are a suitable match for you, before sending you away.
To learn more about the puppy, it is advisable to contact the breeder directly. A competent breeder should have in-depth knowledge of their specific breed and be happy to talk about how the puppies were raised and any health examinations that were performed. Find out if they already have or are willing to use the Puppy Contract, which is a legal agreement between the breeder and the purchaser that spells out their respective obligations with regard to care, treatment, and money.
The best thing to do when you see a puppy or dog you like the look of, is to call ahead and ask some questions. Some of the questions you should ask are:
Since it will be simpler for them to acclimate, it is always a good idea to look for pups who have spent a lot of time in an environment similar to yours (your home and local parks).
It is essential to meet the mother and siblings to find out more about the mother’s health. If you can, then meet the father and ask lots of questions.
Look for visible signs of bad health such as ribs, a scruffy coat, rex eyes, stalling around the tail and hair loss etc. If you have any concerns, then consult a vet before purchasing the dog.
Max sure you get proof that dog/puppy has been microchipped and vaccinated.
Bear in mind:
As a rule of thumb, more confident puppies are usually better suited to new owners than nervous puppies.
Give yourself some time to think it over. Why not speak to friends and family before making such a big commitment?
Visit the puppy/dog more than once, just like us, puppies have different moods too. Ask the breeder if you can take the puppy to a different part of the house to see how it reacts.
Bring your children along on the second visit, to make sure the dog gets on with them too.
It’s advisable to ask the breeder to provide a completed puppy contract before your second visit so that, if necessary, you have time to review it and seek a vet’s advice.
If you have concerns for any pf the pet’s welfare, then please speak to RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
Congratulations, it is not long until you bring your new family member home!
Before you bring the new puppy/dog home, make sure everything is ready and prepared at home. For example, ensure you have purchased a bed, toys, a collar, a lead, water bowl and food at the very least.
Other things you will need to do include:
Before you got to collect your new puppy/dog, it is important that you understand and remembers tat no puppy is going to be perfect and that there will be a period of adjustment to your home and family. It is a good idea to purchase a guide because even if they have been trained prior to your ownership they will still need further training once they reach your home.
See DogsTrust.org.uk for more information