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Where To Buy Dogs? Try Thinking Differently…

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There are a number of places you can buy your next dog.  Animal Behavior College suggests advantages and disadvantages for several common sources that can help you narrow your dog-buying search. Individuals interested in animal careers, or folks who become a vet assistant, also offer invaluable information to clients that eliminate some of the more frequent mistakes that can occur.  Categories are listed below for the informed pet owner to take advantage of.

Animal Shelters

  • Animal Shelters can be a great place to find your new pet, according to Animal Behavior College.  Even if you are interested in a purebred, 25% to 30% of shelter dogs are purebred according to the Humane Society.  Plus, even with incomplete health histories on a dog prior to its arrival, most shelters require medical care once they become a shelter ‘resident.’   Most shelters require dogs leaving their facilities to be spayed or neutered. Plus, the shelter staff members who have cared for the dogs get to know their temperaments, behaviors and qualities.  This can fill in gaps about the dog’s personality that can help match your lifestyle and family environment when selecting a dog.

Dog Breed Rescue Groups

  • Rescue Groups typically rescue and adopt out specific breeds, sometimes rescues are dedicated to rescuing more than one breed.  Groups can specialize in, Greyhounds, or Akitas who 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, sometimes requiring an interview with adoption prospects or even a trial period.  Dogs from such groups are usually well cared for while in the custodial temporary environment.  An additional advantage for this source is that rescue staff may have personality information that maximizes a good match for you and your family.


Reputable Dog Breeders

  • Motivations of dog breeders typically fall into a couple groups.  One is to promote the breed itself.  The second group sadly falls in the financial category and is best avoided.  The breed promotion group is the one you’ll want to stick with as a reliable source if you choose this route.  Breed promoters typically keep meticulous records and have optimal health and behavioral qualities they breed for.  Often, they become known for protecting their lines, whether for show dogs or even as pets.  Some are ‘temperament breeders’.  Typically, reliable breeders provide pedigree papers, invaluable information on the breed to prospective owners, and often allow pre-purchase exams and return policies documented as part of the buy agreement.   


Pet Stores – Use Caution…

  • 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 if you choose this route.  Anything from incomplete medical records (or even 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, require a pre-purchase examination, as well as insure refund/return policies, pet stores can still be a viable option.

From students looking to become vet assistants to folks interested in buying the family dog, Animal Behavior College encourages you to do your homework on the many sources and ways to select your new four-legged friend.

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