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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 National Animal Welfare Trust
Members of the public who want to adopt a dog or puppy from one of the Trusts 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.
Dog Grooming Books Dog Grooming For Dummies
This is the fun and easy way to keep a dog looking clean, neat, and healthy. This year, Americans will spend $8.8 billion for supplies for their pets, including grooming aids and services. Now, “Dog Grooming For Dummies” shows readers how to get professional results at home. Featuring step-by-step instructions and a coat-specific grooming guide for over 150 breeds of dog, this friendly guide covers basic grooming for good health, the latest grooming equipment, bathing, nail care, skin care, and dental care for dogs. Plus, there’s also helpful advice on how to become a professional groomer and breed-specific tips on grooming dogs for competition. Margaret H “Maggie” Bonham (Conifer, CO) is an award-winning professional dog writer and trainer. She has worked as a vet tech, grooming dogs for clients, and has groomed dogs for show.
Please email John with a photograph of your dog and he will be happy to advise how on options for portraying your dogs true likeness in oils.