I run monthly dog training classes throughout the year, times and dates can be found on this blog.
I first posted this article in June 2014 but I thought I would repost it again because many people look at buying a puppy at this time of the year.
Are you are thinking about getting a new puppy? A puppy can be a joy to have around but also, a lot of hard work. And yes they all look “cute” when they are young but they do grow up.
So do some research, decide which breed is best suited for your family and lifestyle. There’s no point choosing an active breed of dog, that needs a lot of exercise, if you are not that way inclined.
Visit dog shows, the SPCA and other animal shelters, read books, contact the N.Z. Kennel Club (they can supply you with specific breed information and breed club contacts.). Be prepared for the costs associated with dog ownership, such as Vet bills, Dog registration, Microchipping, Grooming, Food & Training, just to name a few.
Lastly, some words of advice, “Let the buyer beware”, if you buy a puppy, the 1st thing you should do, is take it to your local vet and ask them to do a health check. This should be done within a couple of days of you bringing your new puppy home. If your puppy fails its health check, ask your vet to write you a report. Then inform the breeder, pet shop etc, as you maybe entitled to an exchange or refund.
Also make sure when you pay for your puppy you get a receipt, too many people just exchange cash/cheque etc and have no prove of purchase.