Don’t trust your mouse to find a puppy: Part II

If you haven’t already read Part I of this post, we think it’s pretty important!  Scroll down to the post below and check it out first!

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The Top 4 Simple Steps

Anyone Can Take to Ensure
Their Puppy Comes From a Safe,
Responsible Source!

#1. Spend Time With the Puppy

By far the most important action anybody looking for a pup can take!  This provides a chance to assess the pup’s temperament and health.  (Would you want to take home a puppy that cowers in fear of people or is carrying a virus?)
A responsible breeder will insist you do this, too!

#2.  Personally See the Puppy’s Environment

The only way to know for sure where a puppy comes from is to visit.

The only way to know for sure where a puppy comes from is to visit.

This is the best way to make sure the puppy is not coming from a puppy mill or irresponsible breeder. Good breeders will allow visitors to see where the puppies are raised and meet the parents.  Photos are not sufficient, as they don’t always show the truth.

#3.  Meet the Breeder and Ask Questions

A good breeder will require buyers to meet with them.  They should be happy to answer your questions and provide sufficient answers.  They should be knowledgeable about their breed.  A responsible breeder will ask potential buyers lots of questions, too.

#4.  Get Educated!

Learn about dog ownership and what to look for in a good breeder before you set out to get a puppy.  Learn about what justifies puppy prices and what does not.  A high price tag by no means indicates the quality of the breeder.

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While we wrote these steps with breeders in mind, they can apply to any place a puppy can come from, including shelters and rescues!

Following these simple steps is a great way to ensure a puppy comes from a responsible, reputable source that promotes positive animal welfare!

Here are a few links to get started on Step #4!

Humane Society of the United States’ Puppy Buying Tips
http://stoppuppymills.org/puppy_buying_tips.html

ASPCA’s Responsible Breeding Statement
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=cruelty_puppymills_where_we_stand

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