Where to Get Your New Puppy From; Now that you have considered all of the pros of cons of owning a puppy and you’ve decided to dive into the rewarding and unpredictable world of puppy parenthood, the next step is to determine where you will acquire your new furry best friend from. There are many options of places to get your puppy from that the thought of deciding alone may seem overwhelming but it one of the most important decisions you will make when adding a new puppy to your home and family. You may be tempted to visit a pet store to scope out a new pup but there are much more ideal ways to find a four-legged friend. The most reputable ways involve purchasing a puppy through a responsible breeder or adopting from an animal shelter or rescue group.
Why Not Pet Stores?
Too many pet stores obtain their puppies from puppy mills. A puppy mill involves breeding dogs on a large scale and the facilities, which are licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture, weigh the need for profit as more important than the needs of the dogs. Many counties throughout the nation have begun banning pet stores within the counties’ perimeters because the puppies found at these stores are so often acquired from puppy mills.
Buying a puppy from a pet store that has bought their puppies from a mill just puts more money in the hands of people who do not have any concern for the dog’s welfare. Female dogs are bred during every heat cycle at a puppy mill, which can be very dangerous for the mother and her babies, to produce the highest number of puppies possible to in turn produce more money. Buying a puppy that has come from a mill gives people money to continue this inhumane breeding schedule. While you may feel that you’re rescuing a puppy who was bred at a mill but in reality you are just making more room for another puppy or dog to fill its place.
Another reason pet stores and shops may not be the best avenue for adding a new puppy to your family is they may also not provide their dogs with the best living conditions. A lot of pet stores are overcrowded and do not provide their puppies with enough room to remain active and prosper. The cages and enclosures also may not be kept at the highest or cleanest standards leading to unsanitary and unhygienic living conditions.
Pet stores are often run with the profit more in mind than the conditions of the dogs waiting to be bought. Because of this the puppies often live in cramped quarters and there are many cases of pet store puppies being malnourished and lacking proper nutrition. Puppies from pet stores are also more likely to develop and spread viruses because some of them are left unvaccinated and they are more likely to have behavioral problems as the puppies develop because they do not receive the proper care and nutrition required to a puppy that has just been taken away from his or her mother.
Animal Shelters/Rescue Groups
Deciding to adopt your puppy from an animal shelter or rescue group is an extremely rewarding decision for not only you, but for the puppy you are saving. Most communities have animal shelters and rescue dogs, with both purebreds and mutts, that are filled to capacity with animals looking for a new home, some of them in desperate need. Because animal shelters can become overcrowded with dogs and other animals, dogs who can not find homes in a timely matter end up being put down so you really are saving a life when you adopt from a shelter.
In a lot of cases puppies from animal shelter and rescue groups are an inexpensive option. The adoption price is usually only a small fee the covers the puppies care while at the shelter and vaccinations. After adoption, most shelters also have many resources to help make your transition into owning a new dog easier. Visit shelters and rescue groups before you decide to purchase a pup from anywhere.
Recommendations for reputable dog breeders in your area can come from local vets, dog trainers or from established and accredited associations and clubs for specific breeds. You can also do your own research on a particular breeder by asking him or her questions or seeing dogs from previous litters they bred.
A responsible breeder will have a plethora of information and knowledge about the breed and can provide you with answers to all of your questions about a potential pup for your family. The most responsible and ideal breeders will have even tested both breeding partners to establish if the pair will produce pups that don’t have genetic or inherited diseases. Be vigilant when deciding exactly which breeder to obtain a puppy from.