Studies have shown that having a pet actually elongates our life expectancy, so it's very understandable if you're interested in getting a puppy. Companionship and love, even from animals, is extremely important for us as human beings. Before getting a puppy however, it is imperative to realise that even those puppies which come trained can often get scared or make a mess. You should be willing to clean up that mess and do it with love. There's nothing sadder than abused animals and almost nothing more disgusting than a lingering smell of excrement resulting from lazy ownership. Your puppy will most likely do its business at the wrong place and at the wrong time. Also, being considerate to those around you is important when you're in the process of getting a puppy. This means taking little bags with you when you walk your puppy and even considering your neighbours if you live in an apartment building. Although many apartments are relaxed on the rules regarding pet ownership, taking advantage of this might result in the by-laws being changed.
Additionally, I know this might be a bit of a touchy topic and many people have differing opinions on this; however, you should most likely get your puppy de-sexed. Unless you're a qualified breeder, in which case you would unlikely be reading this article, you should not let your puppy breed. Many puppies end up left for the RSPCA to pick up and take care of, whilst resources are thin. The worst thing is, this is preventable with a simple procedure which I honestly believe should almost be compulsory for non-breeders along with micro-chipping. You need to ask yourself the question – am I going to be patient enough to put up with a puppy's misbehaviours after the novelty wears off? If none of these considerations faze you, keep reading.
In order to find yourself a suitable companion, I personally suggest you go to your local animal rescue such as the RSPCA. Often, your local vet will have kittens or puppies too, left by owners who didn't de-sex their own puppies. If you're after companionship rather than a specific breed, it's important to look out for rescue opportunities. There are plenty of rescue opportunities around all of New South Wales. In fact, Dogs4Sale features a rescue organisation list. People even list their puppies that they need to send to a new home for one reason or another. Doggie Rescue, Friends of the Hound, Desert Dogs and even Companions for Life Pet Rescue offer puppies. Definitely check your local pound if you want a friend for life.
If you're after a puppy of a specific breed, perhaps try checking the rescue sites anyway and if you don't find one of your breed, you need to find a reputable breeder. Sometimes people who don't de-sex their dogs inadvertently become breeders, though they often don't have breeding certificates. There are many problems with pure-breed dogs; it often means that their immune systems aren't as strong as that of crossbreeds. It is important that you find a truly high quality breeder for that reason. Pets Online has a section dedicated especially to puppies for sale in Sydney, which includes many purebred puppies.
I know it's a cliché, but I can't stress enough that a puppy should indeed be a pet for life. Don't get a puppy if you're hesitating. The initial period of novelty will inevitably pass and you will end up with an animal on your hands. If you're not a hundred per cent sure, perhaps leave the committal pet ownership to someone else. Otherwise, you have many an important decision to make – from whether there's enough space at your place for a puppy to what you're going to name your soon-to-be pet.
For registered Pure Bred Dog breeders go to Dogs NSW site. Registered breeders have been through an education program and obliged to follow a code of ethics. Good breeders will usually want you to sign a contract to agree to desex your dog etc if being sold as a pet. You should expect some guarantee if things don't work out. They should be able to provide health clearance certificates if the breed is know to have genetic health issues so you can be confident the bloodlines used are clear of any problems. Good breeders will ask you to return the dog to them if you cannot keep them for some reason so they can try and re-home to a loving family. Beware of designer dogs, the pure breds they are bred from are usually not breeding quality and obtained under false pretences and can have heaps of health problems. Basically you're paying a fortune for a mongrel. Rescuing a dog can be so rewarding
By coppa - reader Friday, 25th of January @ 11:03 pm