Mali Club UK

Buying A Puppy

Which dog is for you? Before buying a puppy read this!!

First it is necessary to answer some questions The Kennel Club has divided pedigree dogs into seven different groups-Pastoral, gundog, hound, utility, terrier, toy and working. By knowing more about what you would like from a dog it is easier to know in which direction to look 1) Why do you want a dog. 2) what do you want the dog for? by this we mean for example is it as a pet to live in the house, with only short walks then maybe a dog from the Toy breed category is the way to look. Do you want it to be an active member of the family to go on long walks, are you a keep fit fanatic wanting a companion on long runs late at night. Is it a protection dog for work or the family? Maybe the working group is the one. Of course a combination of the above is possible when thinking of buying a dog/puppy. It is important to think of the long term, since you should think in the terms of the dog living with you for the next 10-15 years. The size of the house and garden also gives important thought to the size of the dog (when fully grown)
For the house proud consideration of the hair and moulting is a factor to consider some dogs moult a lot, but there are also varieties that do not moult at all.

It is worth spending time and going to visit some dog shows-(depending on the type of dog you are looking for) to see if they are the same in the flesh as you imagined. both aspects of the breed you are looking at, looks and temperament. Always bear in mind that you are picking a dog that will hopefully be with you as part of the family for 10 to 15 years so time spent researching, looking and finding out as much as possible now is time well spent.

Where to actually buy the pup? In our opinion it is best to avoid the middle menwho buy puppies from breeders and sell them on for a profit, puppy farms where often many breeds of dogs are bred with little care or consideration for the welfare of the pups. Also avoid pet shops where the pup is often confined to a small cage all day, far better to go direct to a breeder with a good reputation for healthy sound dogs, these can be found by visiting shows talking to people and reading one of the weekly dog papers. It is also possible to obtain good healthy dogs from a rescue organisation although as this is usually an older dog care must be taken that it ideally suits your requirements. Where ever you decide to get your dog from ensure it has been well socialised so as to avoid problems in later life.

Are you ready for the big day??(arrival of Pup)

So you think you want a dog? Careful consideration must be given before buying a dog, there is a lot of responsibility both financial and time to think about. The dog not only needs to be fed and watered daily but requires daily walks, grooming, training and regular visits to the vet. Once you are ALL sure that you are ready and want this responsibility then you should start to prepare.
Make sure you have bought bowls, stainless steel are good and easy to keep clean and dogs do not chew them as they may plastic ones. A collar (with tag inc name and contact number) lead, bedding the green backed fleece type is excellent for this it is warm, comforting and easy to machine wash and drip dry. Find a room , preferably with a easy clean floor typically the kitchen, to keep the puppy in whilst toilet training is taking place. Choose the type of bed they are going to have, it can be a plastic bed often found in the pet super markets or can be a dog crate (more of these later!) Now is the time-BEFORE pup arrives when you should ensure that the garden is completely safe and dog-proof with a sturdy fence/gate. Make sure there are no large pots or other containers that pup could knock over and hurt themselves, any ponds or pools made inaccessible to prevent accidents. As notorious chewers and eaters of all sorts of vegetation it is sensible to remove any known harmful ones.It is best to plan so as the day you bring pup home you do not have lots of people round and that you can devote some time to welcome him/her to their new home. The breeder of the pup should provide you with, a diet sheet full advice for the care and welfare of the pup, and will hopefully provide you with the food they use, I would also provide a piece of blanket which has the smell of mum and other pups on it, this is useful as a comfort blanket and will help to ease the anxiety for the pup in its new home.
A puppy should bring happiness and joy but can also bring havoc to the home; much of this is dependant on making the correct choice, socialisation, training and bonding.

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