Do your research. It sounds silly but so many people don’t and the poor dog ends up in a rescue centre. Don’t dive in and get the first puppy you see, you need a puppy that is right for you and your family and comes from a responsible breeder. Consider how much time you will have to spend time with the dog – both when they are a puppy and when fully grown – and how long that you are prepared to walk them each day. Different breeds have different energy levels so create a shortlist of breeds that matches your lifestyle.
Once you have settled on a breed find out where breeders are based and research each of them in detail. Ask for previous buyers details and get in contact with them, look at where they are kept and how they are cared for and insist on seeing the mum and dad. This ensures that you are not buying a puppy from a puppy farm which is vital as the fewer customers they get the, more likely they are to shut down – and you get a healthier pup.
Before you get your pup home make sure you’ve stocked up on necessities such as food, bedding, training pads, collar, lead and toys, and research for any help you will need -(we can help with that!).
After that you are ready to welcome him into your home! Be sure to train him well and take him to puppy classes to ensure you have a well balanced, well behaved dog who becomes a valued member of the family.