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What To Look For Before Buying A Dog

How do you choose a new puppy? Well, the first and most important thing is preparation. You MUST get the yard ready with fencing and proper safety and confinement. Get outside chemicals up. Have no access to gasoline, weed killers, fertilizers, paint, nails, ant hills, blackberry bushes, cliffs, compost, holes in fencing, anti-freeze, glass, bones, biting neighbor dogs and anything else you think a baby dog could get hurt from. Of course it is best to keep a puppy inside the house when you are gone. Puppy proof the inside too. Shoes, gloves, rugs, door stops, piano legs, furniture legs, pillows, cabinet corners, reachable window sills, door moldings, entry doors (all dogs know where you come and go), the plastic covers over the screws that hold the toilet down, toilet paper, garbage baskets, CD's, electrical cords............you name it - they'll eat it. See: Training - House Training.

The second thing to strongly consider is what personality you want and what is going to fit your living and working situation. Try your best to find out any history on the dog you can. Good breeders and sellers will gladly share this information with you. How did the pup interact with the siblings? Did he get pushed out of the way? Did he cry a lot? Did he do the pushing and bully all the rest to get to mom? Ask if he ever spent any time separate from the mom and siblings. Does he show any fears towards any particular thing or sound? Was he always trying to escape or did he explore and try to keep himself entertained when he was alone? Some adoption procedures have very little history for you to go on.

We love working and recommending rescue organizations because if the dog does not work for the family you can usually take the dog back and work at a better match. As a foster home we learned quite a bit about each dog so that we could pass on a lot of information for them to go over before the decided to take the dog.

To avoid challenges from buying the wrong dog learn about the breed.

Indoor Dogs

  • Poodle
  • Affenpinscher
  • Welsh Corgi
  • Dandie Dinmont
  • Fox Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Westie
  • Yorkshire
  • Maltese
  • Pekingese
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Mini Schnauzer
  • Skye Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Pug

Hard Workers

  • Siberian Husky
  • St. Bernard
  • Irish Setter
  • Swiss Mt. Dog
  • German Shepard
  • Aussie & Boarder Collie
  • Newfoundlands
  • Akita & Airedale
  • Malamute & Samoyed
  • Pitt & Bulldogs
  • Spitz & Spaniels
  • Hounds & Doberman
  • Chow & Sheepdogs
  • Rottweiler
  • Boxer & Mastiffs
  • Great Dane


The hard workers need a TON of exercise so if you keep them in a small area or apartment they will become frustrated and more than likely cause a lot of damage. We don't like to see dogs given up after people have spent so much time loving and training them plus all the Vet bills and costs that are wasted. Rather than go by what YOU think is cute go by how the dog is going to feel in the environment you placed him in.

You go to the shelter and see this wonderful cute pup who is a little shy and seems very submissive and sweet. You play with him and when you put him down he runs back to you with high anxiety wanting your love and attention again. Makes us all fall in love, right?

Be a wise observer. A pup like that could be showing you separation anxiety. So you take him home and he screams all night or all day or anytime you are gone. He tears up the whole house trying to get to you. You can't put him in a crate without him sweating, drooling puddles of saliva, getting sick from stress and trying to destroy the crate. He'll rip up the hardwood floors, furniture, walls, doors and so on.

Be a wise shopper. A dog should be loving and sweet but should also be stable. He goes off to explore. He doesn't mind being alone. He finds other things in the room interesting besides you. He should not be biting you unless very young and he just needs to learn how hard to mouth your hand. He should not be whining and he should not be trying to hide behind you or things in the room.

There are many behaviors that are trainable to help our pets but there are also genetic problems that we can't train out of them. So as cute as they are be an observant shopper. If you are dealing with a breeder then ask questions. We'd be more than happy to answer questions for you before you purchase your new dog. Our experience can be passed on to you and possibly save you a lot of challenges.


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