4 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Choosing a Puppy
Have you and your family been thinking about adding a new puppy to your family? Are you ready to make the leap into the abyss of puppy raising? Here are some common pitfalls to avoid when selecting a new puppy.
Once you’re sure you’re ready to adopt a puppy, first consider whether to buy a purebred puppy or adopt a mixed puppy. Adopting a puppy is an honorable way to add a member to your family. There are many mixed and purebred puppies that are available for adoption. Take your time and do as much research as you can. Some good things to know about a new puppy are: how old were they when they were taken from the litter, were they with the entire litter and the mother up until that time, did any traumatic events occur, and were the puppies abandoned or found on the street. The answers to these questions help determine what the pup’s personality may be like as it matures into an adult dog. Unfortunately, most shelters do not know much about the dogs that come into their shelter. It will be up to you and your comfort level as to whether you want to adopt a dog that you know absolutely nothing about. Being supplied with information is much easier to obtain when buying a purebred puppy from a breeder. It is much easier to predict the physical characteristics and temperament of an adult dog when buying a purebred puppy from a breeder.
Whether you get a puppy through the shelter or a breeder, here are some common pitfalls to avoid in getting a new puppy:
Whether you adopt a puppy from the shelter or buy a purebred pup from a professional breeder, avoiding these common mistakes will give you a leg up on successfully raising a good canine citizen. Look for part II of this article next month to learn how to pick the right puppy out of a litter.