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Buying a Puppy from a breeder
Disreputable dog breeders, who are usually in the “puppy-farm” business just for the money, can wreak misery and death on the innocent animals that would otherwise be lifelong pets and friends.
There are some simple guidelines that, if followed, could put such people out of business, and give a dog a long happy life.
Trading Standards recommendations for buying a puppy
- Be wary of outlets offering more than one or two breeds
- When visiting the seller note the surroundings
- Visit the puppy more than once
- Ask to see the pedigree papers and ensure the breeder’s name is on the certificate
- The breeder should want to know about you too
- Ask to see the puppy with its Mother – be very suspicious if you can’t
Puppies bred commercially, indiscriminately and carelessly are likely to
- Develop disease
- Have temperamental problems
- Find adjusting to family life hard
- Be difficult to housetrain
- Suffer physical defects and have hereditary weaknesses
Think carefully before buying and do not buy the puppy because you feel sorry for it.
Dog Rescue Dog Rescue Resources
Finding a rescue centre
‘All-breed’ dog-rescue centres throughout the UK and Ireland can be found here grouped by area at Dog Pages with breed-rescues listed separately according to breed. Nearly one thousand contacts areincluded so thereshould be one near you.
While the larger charities are well known, there are many smaller rescue organisations, operating on small budgets but still doing a fantastic job. Not all these organisations have websites but these have been included where available. The larger charities, the Dogs Trust (formerly NCDL – National Canine Defence League), Battersea Dogs Home, the RSPCA and the Scottish SPCA, all have new online sites.
RSPCA New Complete Dog Training Manual
This title outlines a comprehensive RSPCA-approved programme that covers all aspects of dog training – from house-training a puppy through to introducing your dog to advanced training routines.
This revised and expanded edition of the manual explains 26 new training techniques through photographic step-by-step sequences, including a new chapter focusing on more advanced training techniques.
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