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Buy a Dog

Buying a dog is an exciting experience. Once you’ve made your decision to buy or adopt a dog, it’s time to consider where you should get your dog. There are a number of places you can buy your next dog, which can leave you overwhelmed. Animal Behavior College can help you narrow your dog-buying search by listing the advantages and disadvantages of several common places to buy dogs. As a school for dog trainers, veterinary assistants and dog groomers, ABC can help you select a dog from the right place.

Animal Shelters

Animal shelters can be a great place to find your new pet. For those interested in adopting a purebred, 25% to 30% of shelter dogs are purebred, according to the Humane Society. Despite incomplete health histories of dogs prior to their arrival, most shelters require medical care once they become a shelter resident. In addition, they require dogs leaving their facilities to be spayed or neutered. Since the kennel staff or vet assistant interns have cared for the dogs and have become acquainted with their temperaments, behaviors and qualities, they can help match your lifestyle and home environment with the right personality of dog.

Dog Breed Rescue Groups

Rescue groups typically rescue and adopt out specific breeds. However, there are rescues dedicated to rescuing more than one breed. Groups can specialize in breeds, such as Greyhounds or Pit Bulls, that could have been abandoned, neglected or abused. Other dogs may have been turned in due to moving, changes in family finances or other reasons, and those in animal careers will tell you this is a growing problem in the current economy.

Whatever the reason, it is not uncommon for volunteers to be protective when adopting out these dogs by requiring an interview with prospective pet parents or establishing a trial period. Dogs from such groups are usually well cared for in the custodial temporary environment. An additional advantage of this source is that the rescue staff may have personality information, which can help pair a dog with you and your family.

Reputable Dog Breeders

Motivations of dog breeders typically fall into two groups. The first group of breeders do it for the money while the other group is to promote the breed itself. The breed promotion group is the one you’ll want to stick with as a reliable source if you choose this route.

Breed promoters often keep meticulous records and have optimal health and behavioral qualities for the dogs they breed. Often, they become known for protecting their lines whether for show dogs or pets. Some breed promoters are even temperament breeders. Reliable breeders provide pedigree papers, invaluable information on the breed to prospective owners and allow pre-purchase exams and return policies documented as part of the buy agreement.

Pet Stores

There are numerous cautionary tales about pet store purchases.  Puppies can come from a wide variety of sources that provide their inventory and you will need to do your homework. Anything from incomplete medical records and falsifications, puppy mill breeders, to inconsistent and unreliable socialization of dogs in stores can make store purchases risky. Still, if you are meticulous, asking the right questions, requiring a pre-purchase examination and ensuring refund and return policies, pet stores can still be a viable option.

With this knowledge, ABC hopes you buy or adopt a dog from a place you feel most comfortable with. Although it never hurts to do more research. The more you know, the better decision you can make.

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