How to: Find a Puppy; Find A Dog; Choose a Dog
Where do you start? Have you and your family never owned a dog, but you have decided that you would love to have one? Or your children are pestering you for a dog and they absolutely adore a particular breed, but you are not sure if it is the right one for you? Or you want to get a dog but aren’t sure about going through the ‘whole puppy thing’? Don’t worry, I can help you!
“Penny helps first time dog owners get the right dog for them, saving a lot of stress and potential heart-break later on, should that dog not be right for them.”
What are the steps to getting a dog?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Can you fit a dog into your life?
- What kind of dog would suit this lifestyle?
- What type of dog do you like?
- Do you want an older dog or a puppy?
- Do you want a pedigree or a crossbreed?
- Do you want to buy from a breeder or a rescue?
- How do you find a good breeder?
- Which puppy should you have from the litter?
- What should you do to prepare for your puppy?
- What do you need to do once your puppy has arrived?
I have talked about some of these in detail on my Puppy Buying Checklist.
How can I help?
It’s all a bit of a minefield, so having someone on board to provide advice and support can save you a lot of heartache and money! Of course, you might think that Google can provide all the answers. The Kennel Club have plenty of resources, providing information on many aspects of finding and owning a dog. But quite simply, I can help you with ALL the above steps.
Even if you know what kind of dog you want, I can help you find a breeder and present yourself to them. Good breeders are (rightly) fussy about who has their dogs!
Nothing beats talking to an actual person. Someone who will ask you questions and challenge your thinking. Please CONTACT ME.
“I really appreciated your input. Even though I had done some research and located the puppy, it was really reassuring to have someone experienced to go to for extra advice and an oversight into the dog that I wouldn’t otherwise have had. I would happily recommend your service to others.”
The right advice
Top tip: Be prepared to wait. Good breeders are hard to find and worth waiting for. We don’t breed very often and not ‘to order’. Better to choose a puppy based on the home it has been bred in, than the time it will be ready, don’t you think?
“A personal service from an experienced breeder, to help you make a decision which will affect you and your family for a long time. Getting it wrong isn’t an option, for me or the dog.”
Get in touch and see how I can help you find the right dog for you! I will send you a form, to get you thinking about your circumstances and the kind of dog that might work for you. You can talk to me over the phone or by email.
I no longer charge for this service, but you can make a donation to the charity I support: Canine Concern
If you know the dog you want and just want help finding the right breeder, then you can start by asking for the ‘Puppy Application Form’. This will help you present yourself to breeders and rescue centres more easily, as you will have the information you need to hand.
The right advice could save you thousands of pounds and a great deal of heartache. Please get in touch now!