The Dangers of Buying from a Puppy Farm

Dogs make great family pets. They are loyal, playful, and offer their love unconditionally, so when you arrive home at the end of a stressful day, your dog will be more than happy to greet you with all the enthusiasm they can muster. There are always lots of mixed breed adult pooches looking for a new home, but many people prefer to buy a puppy instead. They know what breed they want and are willing to pay extra for a pure bred puppy to call their own.

Puppy Farms

Puppy farms are a big problem in many countries. The definition of a puppy farm is an establishment where puppies are churned out in huge numbers with very little regard for their health or welfare. There are many unscrupulous breeders out there who are more interested in turning a profit than raising happy, healthy dogs. These people don’t bother to breed selectively so genetic problems are passed on through successive generations and unwitting buyers end up buying dogs with serious health problems. So how can you tell if the breeder is a puppy farmer?

Look for a Registered Breeder

The best way to avoid buying a puppy from a puppy farm is to look for a registered breeder. Reputable breeders of pedigree dogs for sale like Florida Puppies Online will be registered with the American Kennel Club. In order to be a registered breeder, you have to go through a number of rigorous checks to ensure you are adhering to strict health and welfare standards. This means anyone buying a puppy from a registered breeder has complete peace of mind that the puppy will be happy and free from disease.

Visit the Breeder’s Establishment

KC registered breeders tend to charge more than “hobby” breeders, so you may prefer to buy from a non-registered breeder. This is fine as long as you are very careful about the type of person you buy from, but you should take a good look around when you go to view the puppies.

Reputable breeders raise their puppies in a family home, so if you go to look at a puppy and it’s in an outdoor shed, along with a lot of other dogs and puppies, be very suspicious. This type of set-up is often a commercial breeding establishment and welfare standards will be low. Sometimes a breeder will bring the puppy to you instead, but insist on seeing the mother as well as the pup, to rule out the possibility that the puppies have been bred elsewhere and removed from their mother too early.

Check the Puppy Carefully

A well-bred puppy is lively, bright-eyed, and clean. He or she will want to make friends and can be handled without any sign of anxiety. A puppy bred on a puppy farm will smell unpleasant, will probably be terrified of human contact, and may be malnourished or small for its age. If there is a lot of discharge from the eyes or the puppy has a cough, be suspicious.

Whatever you do, don’t buy a puppy if you are at all concerned about the state of its health or surroundings. No matter how cute the puppy is all you will be doing is perpetuating the practice. Instead walk away and report the breeder to the appropriate animal welfare authorities.

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Buying a Dog from a Breeder – Pros and Cons

When you have decided you want a new dog in your life, one of the most important decisions you then have to make is where to get it from. There are always dogs in need of adoption at local shelters, or you can source the kind of dog you want from a professional breeder. While a rescue dog is a nice choice because you are giving a loving home to an animal who really needs it, there are also some good arguments from getting your pet from a breeder. Here, we look at the pros and cons of buying a new dog from a local breeder or an online company like Little Puppies Online:

Advantages of Getting a Dog from a Breeder

One of the key benefits to getting your new pet from a dog breeder is that you can have your pick of any breed or cross breed you want. If you have your heart set on a specific type of dog, like a husky or greyhound that is not especially common, you are very unlikely to find what you want at a shelter. While plenty of pure bred dogs and dogs of all varieties end up in rescue, the chances of there being the exact type you want at your local shelter on the day you go will be slim if you have a very specific breed in mind.

Another advantage is you will know the dog has been treated properly so far in its life if you buy it from a reputable breeder. With rescue dogs, unless they were born at the shelter, it can be hard to know what has happened to them in the past, and they may have behavioral issues as a result of mistreatment.

Disadvantages of Getting a Dog From a Professional Breeder

While with a breeder, you have plenty of options when it comes to the type of dog you want, you don’t have options, usually, when it comes to the age. You can very easily find, for example, yorkie puppies from breeders, but if you want an adult yorkie dog because you prefer a more mature dog or don’t have the energy to keep up with a puppy, it can be difficult – shelters, however, always have plenty of older dogs who need homes.

Another disadvantage is cost. While your rescue dog costs no more than a donation or a small admin fee, a dog from a breeder can cost thousands of dollars.

Making Your Choice

If you definitely want a puppy rather than a more mature dog, and you are very particular about the breed, or even size, of the dog you end up with, then a breeder is the best option – though be sure to make sure you find a responsible one. If you simply want a dog, and only have a vague idea of the kind (for example you want a large dog but don’t specifically want a given breed), then a rescue can be a better choice for many people, and will certainly cost you less!

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No Bones About It: 4 Best Cities for Dogs

The unconditional love and undeniable charms of a dog are hard for many people to resist. It is probably no shock that America is a nation of dog lovers, but some of the best places to live for our beloved canine companions may surprise you. Taking into account factors like pet health care, the availability of dog parks, and walkability, these towns and cities provide many perks for dogs and the people who adore them.

Seattle,Washington

Seattle has a larger population of dogs than kids, and that says something about the city, as well as its human and canine residents! No, Seattle does not provide a tropical climate with sunshine each day, but it does provide plenty of walking paths for pet owners to enjoy with their dogs when the weather is nice. Also, dogs are welcome on the public transportation in the city. Local shops offer hundreds of products to help dogs enjoy the great outdoors, and many meet-up groups for dog lovers allows chances for dogs and their humans to make friends.

San Francisco, California

San Francisco is considered to be the cultural center of Northern California, and it also is quickly building the reputation as a mecca for dog lovers and their four-legged friends. It has plenty of dog parks. In fact, more than two dozen dog parks allow canines to run, play, and socialize with other dogs. It also has a lot of walking paths, and dogs are allowed to ride on trolley cars, so they aren’t restricted to only a local neighborhood. The city hosts dog-friendly bars, restaurants, and even gyms.

Portland, Oregon

Portland has enjoyed a reputation as a mecca for nature lovers for many years, and even its nickname of Rose City refers to the natural beauty of the city. So it should not be a huge surprise that Portland is also a haven for dog lovers and their canine companions. Portland has nearly three dozen dog parks, which is more than any other big city in the country, and it boasts its own social network for dog lovers. Many of its restaurant policies will even allow dogs to enjoy a meal alongside their owners.

Boston, Massachusetts

Known for its rich history, the Red Sox, and maybe even as being the setting for the beloved sitcom “Cheers,” Boston is also one of the best cities for dog lovers. It has a wealth of parks and public places for people to walk their dogs, and it also hosts hundreds of dog-friendly activities. Dogs are allowed on Boston’s subway as long as it’s not during peak hours for commuters, so getting around the city with a canine companion is easy. Even businesses get in on the fun, with the local Liberty Hotel hosting a happy hour that caters to both dogs and people.

Finally, when you are considering the ideal places for you and your furry friends, don’t be afraid of contacting businesses and individuals directly. Keep an open mind as you explore possible homes. You may be surprised at how flexible some locations are, and big cities and small towns alike may welcome your canine companion with open arms.

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Rules to Observe for Condo Dog Owners

There are condominiums which allow pets like dogs or cats to reside in the unit together with the tenant or the owner provided that the pet owner abide the house restrictions and standards in pet owning.

 

People living in a condominium share the same common areas like hallways, lobbies, elevators and more, thus it is a must for the dog owner to train his dog in consideration and comforts of everyone else living in the same building.

 

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Pet behavior and proper training must be observed in high rise living. Here are some rules to observe for condo dog owners.

 

  • Pets left alone in the condo unit while the pet owners are away must be taken cared of. Crate your dog and ask someone to look after it or leave them in dog/pet care institutions if you will be away for days.
  • Keep your dog close to you on a short leash when walking through hallways or lobbies.
  • No matter how well trained your dog is, it is a must to have your dog on leash when inside the common areas of the condominium.
  • Teach and train your dog not to jump up on people or run up to everyone.  Remember that not everyone likes dogs.
  • Stand toward the back when riding the elevator, teach your dog to sit next to you and behave during the ride. It is also important to have your dog walk next to you when you enter the elevator to avoid posing a serious problem.
  • Observe house rules on pet’s prohibited areas like in the pool or on the pool deck, restaurant or cafeteria.
  • Train your dog how to behave also on the parking lot, he should not be off leash until he entered your vehicle and close the door right away after unleashing.
  • Consider to pay a pet deposit especially when you are only renting the unit to cover the damage to the property caused by your pet.

 

Taking up residency in a condominium means you become a part of a community sharing the same common areas together, thus your dog requires a new set of training needs too.

It would be nice to have your pet being loved by your neighbors, would’nt it?

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Benefits of having a pet dog

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People who have a pet dog are more spirited and less likely to suffer depression. The love and companionship given by the dog to its owners plus their intelligence, loyalty, devotion and affection are amazingly rewarding.

Studies find that people who own dogs increased their amount of physical activity by walking or playing with their dog. Additional benefits why owning a dog is good for you are as follows:

Being greeted by a happily wagging tail while it licks you on the face at the end of a long tiring day relieves stress and helps forget the strains of everyday life. They are the so called natural mood-enhancers.  Continue reading “Benefits of having a pet dog”

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