Why You Should Not Buy A Pet Store Puppy

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When the decision is made to add a puppy to your family, you probably cannot wait to bring your new family member home. Understandable but take the time to find a healthy dog and do not immediately fall for the cute puppy you saw at the pet store!

It is not difficult to get a puppy, but when you want a good and healthy puppy there are places you should avoid to buy one. When you are looking for a puppy and see those adorable puppies at the local Pet Store it is alluring to take one home with you. I think everyone who wants to buy a dog recognizes the feeling. But be aware most of those puppies are coming from puppy mills.

A puppy mill is a commercial business, the kennels are usually overcrowded and there is little or no attention to the puppies needs. The owner of a puppy mill is a breeder who produces puppies without a breeding program. Commercial kennels like this often produce many dog breeds. The dogs are living in overcrowded cages, often under filthy conditions, with no proper health care and food. When you buy such a pup it is likely it is not seen by a Vet and it did not get the proper puppy vaccinations.

Some puppies are taken away from their mother much too soon. A puppy should not leave the litter before he is at least 7 weeks old, 8 weeks is to prefer. Puppies coming from a Puppy Mill are very difficult to housebreak, not so strange, they needed to do their relieve sitting in an overcrowded cage all day.

Puppy Mill puppies often have health problems, or genetic diseases because the breeder did not test their dogs.
A pup needs to be socialized, this means contact with adults, children, other dogs and the pup needs to go to other places like a playground, school or a ride in the car. When a pup is living isolated his behavior will be nervous and scared, he even may become aggressive later. Not all local Pet store holders will get their dogs from a Puppy Mill, but they do get their pups from commercial kennels. They sell but don’t feel responsible for giving information to help you make the right decision about your new pet.

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