[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]This article was written for themadmommy.com[/dropshadowbox]Back in the day, if you were interested in buying a dog you had 3 options;
- Visit a nearby kennel/rescue center.
- Take a trip to your nearest pet store.
- Search the newspaper for ads.
Fast forward to the present day. The whole process has been revolutionized thanks to the internet. Online access means a buyer can research any sort of popular dog breed, from anywhere.
Essential information about our future dogs and the way we find it, has changed as well. Gone are the days where you’d hang on a dog breeder or pet store sales assistant’s every word. Instead, that mantle has been taken up by Google.
Even though the internet has undoubtedly made the pet-buying process simpler and quicker for humans, it hasn’t necessarily made things better for dogs.
There are now a number of unregulated puppy farms and breeders, where animal health and well-being, comes secondary to profit.
What’s more, the internet is awash with misinformation. This could result in you finding yourself with a four-legged friend that isn’t suitable for your home or lifestyle.
To help make sure you get things right when finding your perfect canine, we’ve come up with a list of 7 quick research tips to remember when buying a dog.
Use Reputable Sources
When it comes to finding a dog, impulse buying is never a good idea. Carry out research into different breeds using trusted websites such as the Dogs Trust and ASPCA.
Consider Different Dog Characteristics
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There is a wide range of considerations to mull over when purchasing a puppy. Some factors to think about are:
Size – would the breed be too big to live in your home?
Exercise Needs – do you have the time to take your dog for a walk each day? Are you physically able to do so?
Ease of Training – do you need a dog that will pick up basic commands quickly?
The Amount of Shedding – do you have the time to be continually cleaning up pet hair?
Grooming Needs – do you have the money to take your dog for a regular trim?
Good With Children – will the dog be around children?
The Health of Breed – are you comfortable buying a breed with notorious health issues?
The Cost to Keep – how much would the breed cost to insure and feed?
Tolerance to Being Alone – will you be leaving them on their own during the day?
Considering these factors, you should be able to whittle down the number of breeds that are suitable to you.
List Everything You Find Out
You’re likely to be taking on board a lot of information during the research stage of the dog-buying process. Record any information you find so you can refer to it at a later date.
Make Sure Your Dog Has Paperwork
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Any dog that you purchase from a breeder should have a full medical history. That includes details of vaccinations, worming and any health-screenings.
Meet The Doggo Parents
Always ask to meet a dog’s parents. You can then be sure that they don’t have any hereditary health conditions, that could be passed down to your dog.
Find Out If Your Dog Has Been Socialized
Dogs reared in kennels, often aren’t as well socialized as others that have enjoyed interaction with humans and other animals, growing up.
This can lead to behavioral problems later down the line. Try to find what sort of environment your future pet has been brought up in.
Look Out For Warning Signs
Any dog sellers or so-called “breeders” that have multiple breeds for sale, are likely to be puppy farming. Puppy farms are notorious for having little interest in a dog’s welfare. Do not support these cruel operations by buying from them!
Puppies that are for sale should also be at least eight weeks old. This gives them time to learn social skills from their mother and the rest of the puppy litter.
Of course, there are always dog adoptions and rescues!