Choosing a puppy is incredibly hard as they are always soooooooooooo cute ! You cannot bear to leave without a warm fluffy bundle of joy in your arms. Joy, hmm ? Are you sure ?
Remember that, depending on the breed you choose, this dog could be a member of your family for up to 15 years...or more !! Most of us don't keep our current cars for that long and often do more research and make a more substantial financial commitment when choosing a new vehicle. We want reliability, economy, a size we can handle and easy upkeep. Why do less for a living, breathing creature that will rely on you for everything ?
For most people, picking a puppy works out. However, these days, Breeders are more and more unscrupulous and will tell you just about anything to get you to part with your money. More and more there are stories in the media about puppy farms and sick dogs. The public's lust for small dogs has fueled a huge industry in small cross-breeds. Plus, the on-going neutering campaigns of our rescue centers has meant that the lovable "heinz" is nearly a thing of the past. The public is at the mercy of high premiums for pedigree dogs.
My first advice when going to view a litter of puppies includes:
Puppys are not cheap to buy any more especially if you are buying a specific breed. It may be worth your while to consider one of my Puppy Packages which are most likely to be a small percentage of the purchase price and overall cost of care of your puppy throughout its lifetime. Please read on......
The Puppy Temperament Test covers several areas of sensitivity in a young dog from sound, sight, and handling, amongst others. It uses a scoring method of 0-6 with 0 being non-reactive and 6 being at the top of the scale. It is a really good indication of a young dog's temperament and can help a new owner be more prepared when it comes to future training and handling. The test looks at dog to human interactions and not dog to dog so it is very different from what you might expect if you have watched your puppy playing with the rest of the litter.
This test must be done at 49 days old and before you make your final choice on your puppy. This will involve me accompanying you to your breeder to test your puppy before you buy it.
This same test is used by some charities to assess puppies in litters that they have not selectively breed as to an individual pup's suitability as an assistance dog.
This includes the Puppy Temperament Test which covers several areas of sensitivity in a young dog from sound, sight, and handling, amongst others. Also included is a comprehensive Guided Puppy Package which will guide you through the early stages of what to expect with your new dog.
This package contains all the elements of the Gold Package but the Puppy Temperament Test is carried out after you have brought your dog home and up to the age of 12 weeks old. It will not give as comprehensive results as if done at the critical 49 days old mark because some behaviours to be tested may already have started to show themselves due to learning e.g. ability to follow and social attraction. The only drawback of this is that you cannot decide to choose another puppy if the test shows that the puppy is going to be a handful. This really should not be an issue unless you are a complete beginner with dogs. I can tell you what stage your puppy is reaching and what future behaviours are most likely. It will simply mean that you need to be mindful of your next steps but the test will still put you ahead of the game.
This is a 2-3 hour session covering the many areas that you will need to help you and your puppy communicate and start to develop a loving and life long relationship. It does not include the Temperament Test but does include all the other aspects of owning a puppy as in the Gold & Silver Packages.
With all the issues in the media that now surround buying puppies, I feel it is important for buyers to be aware of what they need to know before going to get a puppy and what they need to ask once they get to see a litter. For a nominal fee, I can come and chat with you and provide you with a checklist to use when you go and see litters. I can give you tips on what to ask and what to observe while you are there. Alternatively, I can come with you and while you enjoy cuddling the puppies, I can observe and cover the contents of the checklist with the dog breeder. My goal is to put new owners in the driving seat when it comes to choosing a pet that will be with them for many years rather than being swayed by breeders wanting to make a quick sale.
I can only accept dogs for walking that have had a Kennel Cough Vaccination.
I can provide dog treats that are gluten free for dogs with sensitive tummies.
I accept entire male dogs, bitches in season on group walks (subject to assessment)
My poo bags are biodegradeable.
All dogs, by law, should wear a collar and a tag bearing the name and address of its owner.
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