The first step in finding your new puppy is knowing what breed you want. Picking a certain breed or mix of breeds is very important. Make sure you pick a breed that goes with your family. Is your family high energy and active? Then pick an active breed. If your family is very calm and laid back then we recommend not getting a high energy breed.
Once you know what type of breed you want there are multiple ways you can go about finding your ideal puppy. The first is going to your local shelter. Here you most likely will not get a purebred but you may find the perfect puppy and you are helping the puppy find a home and get out of the shelter.
Getting a puppy from a rescue is a great idea. You are saving a life that was abandoned when adopting from a rescue.
If you don’t find your perfect puppy at the shelter or you want a purebred puppy you can contact a breeder. Make sure you do your research before adopting a puppy from a breeder.
When going through a breeder make sure you ask questions about the puppies, parents, and everything in between. Always go to the breeder and look around so you can see what the conditions are all the time.
When adopting a puppy from a breeder or pet store always know that laws. Research the lemon laws on puppies so you know your rights before your purchase a puppy.
Before you go out and adopt a puppy, there are some important steps you need to take and questions to ask yourself to make sure you are ready. Follow these guidelines to meet adoptable puppies the right way:
- Ensure that everyone in your family is ready for a dog (and are allergy-free.)
- Choose a dog with an energy level equal to or lower than your own.
- Introduce the candidate puppy to your entire family.
- Introduce each family member individually.
- Hold young children to protect both child and puppy.
- If you have a dog at home, ask the rescue if you can test your candidate puppy with another puppy at the shelter. Then think about how your current dog might respond. Sometimes you can set up a meet-and-greet at the shelter to ensure they get along.
- If you have a cat at home, see if there’s one at the shelter to test the puppy.
- Ask the adoption counselor about the puppy’s grooming needs.
Remember that adopting a puppy is a long-term commitment, so don’t rush it. The real key to finding the right match is making sure that you bond with the puppy and his/her unique personality. Energy level is another important factor to consider along with your living arrangements, size of your home and backyard, your physical capabilities and your current lifestyle.