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The Puppy Commitment...

before you buy a puppy

... Learn how to raise and train a dog before you buy one

Puppies grow up fast. One day you have a cute and clumsy ball of fluff and the next you have a raging teenage thug. It is essential that you know how to raise and train a puppy before you get one. The first three months are a critical period for socialization and training, during this time puppies develop the foundation of their lifelong behavior and temperament. You need to be aware of developmental priorities as well as the basics of raising a puppy, teaching manners and training obedience before you bring a new pup home.

You should put a lot of thought into which puppy to choose. When and where you get your puppy, the type or breed to choose and the specific puppy you pick. Never buy a puppy without meeting its mother, never buy from online adverts or car-park rendezvous, never buy from pet-shops or markets, however sad the story you are told, or however sorry you feel for the helpless pup - these unfortunate puppies are produced by profiteering puppy farmers, with little regard for the health or well-being of either the pup or its mother. Many will have serious physical and mental health issues and by parting with your money you are simply perpetuating the practice.

Most of all, please take your decision to get a puppy seriously. Each year, several million dogs are abandoned, given to rescue organisations and euthanized, almost entirely because of easily preventable and utterly predictable puppy problems which were allowed to develope into much more difficult to resolve adult behavior, training and temperament problems. You must learn how to raise and train a puppy BEFORE you get one.

You have a choice and so, choose wisely. And when you do chose your puppy, please give him the education that he deserves.