Inviting a new puppy into your life is exciting. Follow these steps before buying to ensure a smooth, positive experience.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a new puppy, take a peek at these tips first!
1. Pick a breed
All breeds have different needs and personalities, so do your research and decide on one that best suits your lifestyle. There’s a lot to consider, so take your time with this step!
2. Find a breeder you trust
Once you decide on a breed, it’s time to search for a responsible breeder! When you find one that looks promising, breeder Bev Dorma from MistyTrail Havanese Reg. recommends calling the breeder’s veterinarian for a reference. Inquire about the puppies (if they’ve been checked), and about the breeder’s history and reputation.
3. Meet the litter!
The most exciting step – meeting your new furry friend! Litters should be raised in the breeder’s house, so be wary if this isn’t the case. It’s also important to keep in mind that your puppy might not be born yet, so be prepared to wait! The breeder will help you choose which pup is right for you.
4. Ask questions – and lots of them!
Visit canadiandogs.com/questions-breeder for a full list of questions to ask your breeder before buying. “If the breeder doesn’t have time to answer your questions, walk away,” says Bev.
5. Submit an application
“We have our clients submit a very detailed application request,” says Bev. “We then get to know them to determine exactly what they’re looking for in a pup.”
6. Get the right documentation
Most breeders will ask you to sign a contract designed to protect all parties – be sure to keep a copy for your own records. You should also be given your puppy’s complete vet records, as well as the litter registration.
7. Pay a deposit
Once you’ve gone through the vetting process to ensure your breeder is legitimate, it’s time to seal the deal! Because puppies are rarely “ready to go” when you want them, many breeders require a 10% deposit up front. Be prepared to pay this and be put on a waitlist.
8. Start learning about your new puppy!
While you’re waiting to bring your pup home, use the time to learn as much as you can about his breed! Use your breeder as a resource – he/she should be happy to tell you everything you need to know.