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So you are seriously considering getting a puppy!? Obviously all the horror stories about torn up furniture and shoes has not made you flea from this idea like rats abandoning a sinking ship. There is allot to consider when buying a pup, it will be YOUR responsibility to: take it to the vet, feed it, give it medicine and train him/her. We will be covering some of that here as well as ways to save some mulah (money.)

Where to buy? Oh if it were as easy as going to the local big box store and picking an item out. Seeking the newest member of your family is going to (or should) take some work. First of all don't pick an animal just because you think it's cute or you have seen it on tv. Many people have bought Jack Russels after seeing a certain tv show on PBS and only to find that the dog needs constant attention and will literally destroy your house or apartment if it doesn't get it! Be sure to do your research on the breed and make an intelligent decision before you make a purchase.

Once you have decided what breed, or what traits you'd like to have in a dog you will need to figure out where you are going to make a purchase from and for this you have 3 options.

1. Pet Store This is probably the most risky and scary option. Not all pet stores are bad but many are considered to be “puppy mills.” Numerous times dogs that come from these type of locations are kept in too small a cage where they can't properly move around, not given proper vaccines and the store doesn't have accurate information on the lineage of the dog. This will lead to health problems disease as well as social difficulties that will increase the cost later down the road.

2. Breeder (safest and most expensive option) This is an excellent option if you must know the pups lineage. There are both good and bad breeders in the world. You will definitely want to do your research. A pup kept in a bad location like with the pet store can later on have costly health or social problems.

3. Shelter and Rescue Organizations Many pet owners buy from these with fingers crossed. This is because just like with relationships they don't know if the pup is going to have “baggage” from it's previous living situation. The best thing you can do is inquire about some sort of return policy if the animal is not a good fit for you and your family. At the same time a good staff will be asking you questions to try and figure out from their end if you are going to be the best possible owner for your dog. This is both for your sake as well as the pets.

Vets and Medications Soon after you get your pup you are going to want to take it to the vet. Allot of people think that an initial and yearly check ups are expensive and time consuming but it's usually a moderate cost and should only take a few minutes to do. Most breeders will only accept a return (for medical reasons) if the pup has been checked out by a vet in a certain period of time. So you will want to get this done. However, don't go the total other way with it either! Let the new pup get acclimated to his or her new environment before whisking them off to the vet. Doing this will lower the stress level the animal is feeling and possibly keep it from having stomach trouble (which could result in another trip to the vet.)

Vaccinating and Medication During part of the initial exam the vet doctor is going to want to give the puppy a series of vaccines. This will help in keeping your dog disease free and can actually save you allot of money in the long run (future vet bills.) This would be a great time to ask you veterinarian about multivalent vaccines and how they can lower the stress your pup feels on getting a shot.

Any good vet is probably going to want you to start your dog on a flea and tick regimen and will know the best kind for your dog. However what they probably won't tell you is the cost over time of these treatments or the fact that they get as much as a 30% mark up for the convenience of being able to buy the treatment in store. However I recently wrote a money saving article on how you can get the same medications found in the vets office.

Continual Care

Food: Like humans, dogs have specific nutrition requirements that must be met. However with so many brands out there what is the best way to feed your dog. More than likely at the vet will be bags of “specialized” dog food and just like with the flea and tick formula they are almost guaranteed to be way over priced. I would definitely recommend that you do your research and shop around. You may want to talk to your vet and see what specifics to look for for your dog.

Toys: The dog toy market is huge! You buy some toys for your dog and what happens? A couple months after they get it they aren't playing with them anymore. This happens for a couple reasons:

  • Spend Time With Them: You are actually going to have to spend time playing with the dog. After all that is why you bought him or her right? Actually throwing the toy or making them chase will allow them to use their natural senses which stimulates their mind.

  • Rotate Toys: Put the toys away and change them out every couple of months. This will let the pup think it has something new to play with while saving you money.

Training: It is imperative from the beginning that your pup see you as the pack leader and that you never lose that status in your dogs eyes. Your dog is not to be the one to train you, you are the one to train it. Have you ever seen one of those dogs that are territorial over its' owner? It has to be “put away” when people come over or the food is brought out? Without training that could very well possibly be your dog.

There are ways to train you pup from the beginning so that you can help him grow into a happy healthy member of your family that is a joy to have around:

  • Hire a trainer: This is the easiest and probably most expensive route to take. It will mean that you will have to do a little shopping around and see who is the best for your dog's needs. Keep in mind that the big box pet stores also have dog trainers and can meet this requirement for you.

  • Do it yourself: I have always had the most fun with this method! This is a great way to get directly involved with your dogs life and he or she will love you for it. You are probably scratching your head and asking “how!?” You are going to want to start looking on the internet or an even quicker solution is to find a book on Amazon or a local book store. This will show you ways to teach your dog new tricks.

Thats a wrap folks, I know that this one has been one of my longer articles but I know that it will be helpful for anyone with a looking to buy a new pup.

Street Talk

Great article, love any information about dogs and how it can help others. Thank you

  about 1 decade ago
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