What should I know about buying a dog?

That you can better go to the animal shelter and find out a dog there.

Typical answer again from my predecessor where you can of course not one nut with it.Getting a dog out of a shelter is a good option, but it is not for everyone. In The Dutch shelters, the supply of dogs is often small and often involves dogs with an aggressionproblem that cannot be with other pets. Often also not suitable as the first dog. Of course you also have puppies, but they are already adopted in no time. If you want a slightly older dog, which is already clean, you can often choose a dog for an asylum, but often they are not well trained and not well socialized because someone without good thinking bought a dog or bought a dog that they could not handle.

If this is your first dog, I recommend you anyway NOT to choose a Stafford/pitbull/Bull terrier, Husky, Malamute, Chow Chow etc.Purely because these are dogs that are not suitable for someone who has never had a dog. Most are either very difficult to train, or need a lot of patience and also a firm hand (because they can cause a lot of damage in the wrong hands.) Staffords and related dogs already have a bad name, and another irresponsible owner is not a good idea. Unsafe for the environment and pathetic for the dog. The idea behind a dog should be that you want companionship and want to train with your dog, teach him/her things and want a family member. And not because you want a “stoere芒 鈧?艙 Dog” as a status symbol, so look at me!

Research.If you don’t want an asylum dog, and you want to buy a dog, look what suits you. If you are never at home, you better not take a dog, because a dog needs a lot of attention, especially in the first two years. And actually always. It is basically a child on four legs.

Is it your first dog?Check out which dog fits your situation. Choose a dog that is easier to educate. Who is the most exhausts? Please keep this in mind. Wanting a dog yourself and then letting someone else let him/her out of control is not a good idea. There you get problems of it. My husband wanted to be a somewhat bigger dog, but I am the person who is most concerned with the dog, so I have chosen the dog. In have rheumatism, so a big strong dog was not an option for me. Look at that too.

Do you already have pets?Like a cat? Keep this in mind. Some breeds have a high prey drift, so don’t be wise to take them, because they can just think that your other pet is a tasty snack. Do you have small children? You should also take this into account. A too large dog can overtake them, a too small dog can be vulnerable.

If you buy a dog (or adopt it from the shelter), take the time for it.Take a few weeks off, so you can let the dog get used to his new situation. You will, if you have a puppy, have to make sure the first two to three weeks every night so that the animal can do its needs. And at the beginning at 2 o’clock outward. You also need to train your dog to stay home alone without he/she barks the mess. This money often also for asylum dogs. And go on course anyway. Don’t think of: oooh I don’t need that, because I can do it myself. Course is fine for yourself and for your dog. And for the socialization and because you can also ask questions about his/her behavior. And don’t stop after the puppy course, because that’s usually not enough.

Please note that you also take into account the cost of a dog.Not only the purchase itself, but also collars, baskets, feed, vaccinations and (if necessary) castration/sterilisation, toys and courses and possibly a bench for the potty training and so that he/she has his own safe place if you House. You just have to train your dog to stay in the bench. Also bear in mind the cost of a veterinarian if your dog is sick.

Keep in mind that you’re taking your dog also loses a lot of freedom.You get a lot of love for it back, but “even芒 鈧?艙a weekend away can no longer just be. Or a day at the amusement park. And also going on holiday can not just be. If you bring your dog, you have to intents him/her for rabies and in some countries a car leash for the dog, or luxury car cage and muzzle is obligatory. Anyway, it is safer for your dog to have an luxury car cage or belt. Don’t take your dog with you? Then you can bring him/her to a boarding house or kennel, where costs are also fixed. And often they have to have a kennel cough vaccination. Or you can find a babysitter address with friends or family, which is cheaper. I always bring my dogs to my in-law parents or my mother, but usually I see if the dog is allowed. I usually choose my activities if the dogs can or cannot.

If this whole story has not deterred you, you can take a dog into consideration.If you have made your choice, you can often go to a breed association and orient you through there on breeders. There are of course other ways, like ad sites, but beware of bread breeders and scammers.

Idris’s contribution already gives a very complete picture of what questions to ask yourself beforehand and what to consider before you decide to take a dog in your household.

It is also very important to know what to look for when you are looking for a breeder.Unfortunately there are a lot of rogue breeders and traders who do not have an eye for the welfare of the animal to be sold and think exclusively of the cents.

NEVER buy a dog from a bread breeder.Animals are treated very poorly among the many bread breeders, they carry diseases, hereditary defects. Females are outright hatch machines. Who do not know they are dog and many purchases end up in a single trip to the vet.

How do you recognize a good breeder?

To begin with, it is wise to buy your dog from a breeder who is affiliated with a breed association and where the puppies have a pedigree of the board of Directors.

The chance that you will then find a good breeder is bigger, and in case of problems you can count on the support of the board of Directors.A breeder who does not comply with the rules may expect sanctions.

But also breeders who do not register their nests at the board of directors can breed very good fine healthy animals.And this is what you need to look out for:

  1. Do the puppies grow up in a homely environment, are they curious and agile and enthusiastic?
  2. Is the mother dog and evt father Dog present in the pups, just like any siblings?
  3. Have the parent animals been tested for hereditary abnormalities (see risks per breed on the site of LICG)?

And can you see the test results?

  • Are the puppies and parent animals chipped and inent?
  • For breeds on the high-risk list: Have the parents been tested for behaviour?
  • Does the breeder have a compulsory cooling-off period?
  • Does the breeder require that if problems arise and the dog has to be re-established or has a hereditary disease, you contact him?
  • Do you get extensive information about behavioural and nursing care and education?
  • Do you get enough questions from the breeder that can make you feel like an owner?
  • Missing smooth chats?
  • Then you have a good breeder to tackle.

    NB: You consciously choose a breed on the high-risk list please ALWAYS take a dog WITH family tree, accept ONLY pups from parent animals with a poaitive behavioral test and go on puppy course, adolescent course, walk through all levels of obedience, and keep exercising as long as it Animal lives.

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