The internet has allowed us to do many amazing things, such as get our mitts on a pair of Dolce & Gabbana peep toes with same day delivery, stalk ex-boyfriends from a safe distance and buy a cute and cuddly puppy with a click of the mouse.
Amazing as this prospect is, buying a puppy online doesn’t come without its risks, and unlike a pair of Dolce & Gabbanas, a puppy will outlast any penchant for peep toes. If you are thinking of welcoming a puppy into your life, Dogs Trust 5 top tips for buying a puppy online will help you avoid nasty puppy mills and irresponsible breeders to find your perfect faithful friend.
1. Consider a rescue pup!
Hundreds of dogs find their way to rescue centres across the country every week, either after being found by the dog warden or handed in by their owners. These healthy, loving dogs are all looking for new homes. To see the dogs currently at Dogs Trust looking for home please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk
2. Research before you buy
It sounds obvious but just like with that lime green mohair snood you got in the sale, people’s buying decisions aren’t always rational. Different breeds have different needs and temperaments, so it is super-important to consider which dog will suit your lifestyle before hopping online and clicking away.
3. Always make sure you see a puppy interact with its mother
We can’t stress how important this is.You can also check that the facilities are clean and the rest of the litter looks fit and healthy. Always make sure the puppy is at least eight weeks old and ready to leave its mother.
4. Always ask for a copy of the dog’s animal records
This should include vaccination certificates and recent worming and flea treatment. If you’re purchasing a pedigree pup, ensure that they have their Kennel Club registration and that the parents’ hereditary disease is in order.
5. Consider purchasing your puppy from a Kennel Club Accredited breeder
The Kennel Club can point you in the direction of relevant rescue organisations. They also have a ‘Find a Puppy’ service that provides details of approved breeders with puppies available.
Now be wise, go forth and love puppies….
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