EVERYONE loves puppies. They’re adorable. But how adorable will you think your puppy is when you find him in the middle of a mess that used to be your favourite pair of shoes.
Puppies, like babies, require an enormous amount of attention and effort – from housebreaking and socialising to teaching accept-able manners.
If you don’t have the time to keep a steady training schedule, perhaps you should look into getting an adult dog.
However, adult dogs come with their own ‘baggage.’ Some adult dogs have been abused or neglected. As a result, these dogs have acquired some less-than-ideal behaviours of their own.
Once you’ve got an idea of what you want, there are generally two options you can take to get your new puppy or adult dog. You can buy a dog from a reputable breeder, or you can adopt or rescue a dog from an animal shelter. Unless you’re looking for a purebred dog that you possibly plan to breed in the future, adoption from a shelter is one of the best ways to go.
Adopting a pet from a shelter is not as expensive as buying a pet from a breeder.
Animals from a shelter are usually screened for health and temperament, so you can be sure that while you’re giving an animal in need a home, it’s the right animal for your home. However, if you’re looking for a specific breed, a breeder (or a specific breed rescue) is the way to go.
Contact the Kennel Club in your country, they normally have a list of registered breeders. Ask for references from your breeder, and ask about how many times of year they breed. A good breeder generally only produces one to three litters a year and will guarantee their dogs against most major health defects.
When chosen for all the right reasons, the ownership of a dog can be wholly rewarding and a very satisfying experience.