Shelters, rescue homes, dog owners or kennels, wherever you decide to buy your first pup or dog from, here are a few things to consider for the well-being of the pup as well as shaping how they adjust to you and your family members.
- Don’t shop online
To truly understand how much it can affect your pup and you, read on. Online websites are often front for backyard dog breeders, puppy mills and the home of too many malpractices conducted in the pet industry. Do not be fooled by the websites. Visit the place you are buying the puppy from.
- Breeding conditions
Inbreeding can be host to a plethora of medical problems, even if they give the animals an exaggerated physical attribute. It can also lead to a lot of behavioral problems. Get to know the parents. You do not want a dog prone to aggressive behavior or harboring sickness that is not visible at first glance.
- Avoid puppy mills
Puppy mills are essentially dog manufacturing plants that keep dogs stuffed into small cages all day without any socialization or even potty breaks, forcing them to live in their own filth. The pups have many health issues. Some are born blind, and abandoned to die. Many puppies conduct distemper at an early age and die agonizing deaths
- Buy supplies
On a cheery note, if you manage to find a pup from ethical breeders or adopt one from a shelter, buy basic supplies for their safety. This great harness for your pug may cost a pretty penny but ultimately keep her safe on walks and outdoors. Toys, chews, treats and food are basic necessities. A cozy bed will be the home your pup lives in most of the day, so don’t forget that.