Picking Out Your New Puppy

DebbieDo your research – How much activity will this breed need?  What type of activities do I want to be able to do with this breed?  What health issues is this breed known for?  What formulas of food do these breeds to best with? Are they known for liking other dogs, cats, children, etc?  What will you do with this puppy while you are at work or on vacation?  Will you board your pet or have a pet – sitter visit him?

Try to be objective – You are looking for a well – balanced puppy that doesn’t show extremes in behavior such as being very shy or very overbearing.  These puppies that show a balance will be more likely to develop into a well – adjusted adult dog.  Puppies that are very sensitive to noises can be hard to get them to enjoy being out in public and participating in the same activities that you do.

Good social skills – Observe the litter if you can, puppies should interact well with their litter mates. Playing too rough or unwilling to wrestle and play means they may not be socially healthy.  Do they guard their toys or food?  These are warning signs that can show you early – on that this specific puppy could be more challenging.

People – handling – test this by cradling the puppy as you would an infant, and using your free hand to touch their chest and belly and feet.  You are looking for a puppy that doesn’t mind this type of handling for a few minutes.  They should remain relaxed and calm without a lot of squirming.  Puppies that tolerate this will be less likely to be fearful or aggressive as they grow.

Health – make sure the puppy is playful and had clear eyes and a healthy coat.  Always have a stool sample and veterinary health checked soon upon taking your new puppy home.

All puppies are cute!  Take your time and use your heart and head will help you choose the best puppy for you and your family!