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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.
Every year the RSPCA re-homes around 70,000 animals – many of these are dogs – often these dogs are unwanted pets that have been callously dumped or victims of cruelty. In many cases dog and puppies were removed from their homes and taken to RSPCA animal centres to be looked after until they were well enough to be re-homed. The Society is constantly amazed at the lack of love and respect some owners have for their dogs.
Finding an animal to re-home
Unfortunately, they are not currently able to give details of all the dogss in need of new homes online.
If you are interested in re-homing a dog or puppy, pay a visit to your local RSPCA animal centre – or you can view animals at RSPCA Block Fen or Gonsal Farm Animal Centres online.
At any one time, the RSPCA has hundreds of dogs and puppies across the UK looking for new homes.
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.
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