Adopting a Dog: Ways You Can Get One

So, you are ready to have a dog. The next step is deciding how to get one. Not surprisingly, there are many ways people go about getting a dog. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, except for pet stores (just don’t). Read More Adopting a Dog: Ways You Can Get One

Buying From a Breeder: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I’ll admit up front that I want you to adopt a dog rather than buy one from a breeder, but I can understand the appeal. You can get a puppy and have a good idea of his adult size, energy level, grooming needs, lifespan, and temperament. You can get the look, skills, and predisposition to match your lifestyle. Certainly puppies from a breeder should be healthier, easier to train, and all around better than a puppy from the shelter, right? Actually, what you’re buying depends much more on the breeder than the breed. All too frequently, the puppy is not what the new owner expected, or paid for. Many times, you’re better off starting with a puppy from a skilled foster home rather than a puppy advertised on the side of the road. Read More Buying From a Breeder: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly