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Buying a Puppy from a breeder

If buying a puppy the best place always to buy is directly from a reputable breeder.

The advantages of buying from a reputable breeder is that breeding has usually been carefully planned and thought through with regard to producing robust, healthy dogs of good temperament. Many breeders will also offer some form of guarantee contracting to take the dog back if not suitable. Unfortunately the same cannot always be said for puppies sold in pet shops or those that have come from “puppy farms” where dogs are bred in mass numbers for the pet market.

Many breeders of pedigree dogs also show their dogs and so breed towards producing a good healthy show dog with a view to keeping one or two themselves so quality and temperament is of vital importance when planning the breeding.

Although breeders of show dogs specialise in breeding pedigree dogs, there are also owners who have bred their pet dogs and produce cross breed or pedigree puppies. These may be the result of a planned or unplanned pregnancy but the pups have usually been well cared for and brought up in a family environment and so most often make very suitable pets and will be less expensive to purchase than a pedigree show dog.

Buying a dog direct from the breeder means that there is the opportunity to see the parents and know the date of birth of the puppy that it is intended to purchase.

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Dog Rescue    National Animal Welfare Trust

Members of the public who want to adopt a dog or puppy from one of the Trust’s Centres must first satisfy the Trust that it is likely to be a successful relationship, and that a lasting partnership will be established between the dog and it’s new owner

Matching details of the home and family  as well as their expectations of their proposed dog or puppy is a must. This information is compared with the characteristics of the dogs that the Trust has available.

The homing process may take up to three weeks before the dog will be able to leave with it’s new owner. During this time, owners and their family will be expected to visit, spending time with the dog or puppy  to form a bond.

Every potential new home is carefully vetted by a team of volunteer home-checkers before being re-housed.  The ‘homing’ procedure is only complete when they are certain that there is a very good match.  Before being homed, both puppies and dogs are vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered.

New owners take the dog on the understanding that if things don’t work out  the dog must be returned to the Trust. Where they have no history of a dog, they will not normally re-home dogs to families with young children.

Inevitably some dogs are with the Trust for a long time, some even for the rest of their natural lives. An absolute rule of the Trust is that no healthy dog is ever put to sleep.

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Dog Breed Books

Breed Rescue: How to Start and Run a Successful Breed Rescue Program 

Explains the business of forming and operating a dog breed rescue program.

Avoid legal problems, deal with the paperwork, train and manage volunteers, raise funds, and get valuable publicity by following Boneham’s advice.

Sample forms, important contacts, guidelines for health, sanitation and more.

PUBLISHER’S COMMENTS A first of its kind! Now you have all the information you need to start a breed rescue program. Learn how to: get organized; find, train and manage volunteers; gain financial support; network with shelters and other rescue groups; find the dogs; screen dogs for medical problems; determine the dog’s temperament and behavior; place rescued dogs; and publicize your program. Plus, important contacts and addresses, and sample documents that will help your organization and keep you organized.

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