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How to select the right puppy

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

      You've decided to get a puppy, but you are unsure of where to begin.   You are certain that it is time to get a FAMILY PET.   Take your time, research different breeds, go to the dog park and watch different types of dog's play.   All to often people bring home puppies on a whim, they see a tiny helpless animal at the pet store, or at the flea market and buy it.  It's understandable  it's enticing, but buying a puppy from a pet store is not a method I recommend.  Nor would I recommend buying a puppy at the flea market.  Simply put; never buy a puppy on a whim,  our rescue agencies are full of dogs adopted on the spur of the moment.  A puppy is an addition to your family, one that will be with your family for the next decade, or more.  That type of commitment deserves the proper research and consideration.

     You need to decide what breed of dog fits in your lifestyle best.  Are you looking for a dog to play with your kids?  Do you want a dog that can run with you on your daily jog?  Do you have time to exercise a dog?  Who will train the dog?  Do you live in the city or the country?  Evaluate these questions  when deciding on a breed.  Perhaps you are plain lazy and want a dog that requires little exercise.  Believe it or not there are breeds that need far less exercise than others.  An example would be the Bassett Hound, who is known for being incredibly lazy and stubborn.  Once you have decided what type of dog suits you it is time to find a reputable place to buy it.

    There are a couple of important things to consider when buying a puppy.  The first is making sure you are bringing home an animal which is healthy.  The only way to be sure  is by getting a puppy from a breeder, who allows you to see all the puppies and their mother.  It is seldom possible to see the Sire as seldom do the Sire and Bitch live together.  If they do it's a huge bonus.  Then you can see the health of both animals.  Be aware that many health problems are passed down from the Bitch and/or the Sire.  Ask questions according to the health concerns of the breed you are buying.  Different breeds lead to different complications later in life and these are areas to research.  You want to see the Bitch and her Pups being kept in an area that is clean, well ventilated, with water available.  All three  are of importance when rearing puppies.   If you phone someone out of the paper to see a dog and they are not able to show you all the  puppies, and/or the Bitch, leave, just walk away.  Make sure that you get your puppy from someone who is reputable.  

    The next  decision is how to pick the best puppy from the litter.  Most people do not realize that by taking your time and watching the puppies you can get a good idea of how each puppy will act.  By watching the little ones play, suckle and investigate their surroundings you can get a read on their individual temperaments.  Dogs are either considered  timid, confident or aggressive.  You can spot the timid puppy, he is the one that hangs back, reluctant to leave the side of his mother.     This temperament comes with a set of predisposed personality markers.  Overly timid dogs often are submissive wetters, the type of dog who pees when it gets excited.  Timid dogs do not bounce back quickly from stressful situations.  The gauge behavioral experts use when judging a temperament type is watching how quickly  the dog recovers from stress.  For example, a puppy is bit  severly by another  dog.  Does the puppy run, cry, become reluctant to go near the offender, but slowly  gradually get comfortable with the other animal?  That is the hope.  An overly timid dog would not bounce back from a bite in this way, he instead is so fearful, he cowars every time he sees the other dog.  In extreme situations, some puppies become so afraid they panic around every new dog they meet.  You would spot this by seeing a dog who runs behind you, looking to you for safety, peeing, crying or submitting immediately.  The dog that rolls on his back quickly is submitting.

     The confident puppy loves to scamper about and when someone new arrives he is eager to investigate.  He will run up to you without a care int he world.  Picking a puppy in between these two extremes is best.  By picking a puppy in the middle you will end up having an animal that is neither to timid or too confident.   This animal also has its own set of challenges.  These are the type that bolt out doors escaping in a constant bid to explore.  Sometimes they have dominance issues a;long with a range of other problems.

    Your puppy will be a loyal member of your family bringing you joy for years to come.  So take your time, make an informed decision, do your research and enjoy your new pet.   The importance of understanding the dynamics of the litter cannot be over stated.  Puppies teach each other "bite inhibition".  This means it is through the interactions between siblings that teaches our animals the acceptable limits of biting.  By observation many clues are found to help you select the best puppy for your family.  I strongly suggest you use these clues because I know after you pick the best possible puppy you will be thankful!

 

 

 

 


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Comments

May 10, 2012 9:56pm
Introspective
I agree people should purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder. Great information.
May 12, 2012 3:08pm
debhanner
This was the first article I wrote and it was seriously lacking in quality content. Your comment got me to go back in and revamp a big piece of what I had written. I now cover what I intended to in the beginning which was how to pick the right puppy from the litter! If I could figure out how to add friends I would put you down. You have a really fasinating track record. And an article about Jim Crocee is so cool. Just to think of that says so much to me. Oh my name is Deb too!
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