Puppies for Sale – Things You Should Know Before Buying a new Puppy
You want a new puppy and don’t know how to begin your search. So you hear through a friend of a friend about a pet store in your community that has some cute white fluffy puppies for sale. Before you shop for your puppy there are some things you need to know about Pet Stores.
Pet Stores no longer sell locally raised puppies like they once did. They buy puppies from a distributor that works with large scale mass factory farms called puppy mills whose sole purpose is to breed puppies for profit. The stores might tell you they are local puppies but if you ever convince them to show you the puppy’s papers local means 6 states away or in some cases imported from Ireland or Poland. Not exactly a puppy born locally.
Ask them how old the puppies for sale are today and they will tell you one number go back in tomorrow and it will be another number. Then factor that in with how long they claim to have had the puppy for. Add to that number at least 2 or 3 days in transit in a cage stuffed in an 18 wheeler now how old was that puppy when it was taken from its mother?
Puppies should never leave their mother’s before 8 weeks of age no matter what breed they are. Smaller breeds shouldn’t really leave home before 12 weeks. They need that time to grow and learn how to be puppies. They need their mother to teach them how to behave and need to learn how to play nicely with their siblings. It is also a time of mental development. They are newborn infants and while we can love them and provide them with food and shelter and care they need more time to develop in their mother’s care. They need a place where the puppies and their mother are protected from the elements, where they are kept clean and mom given fresh food and clean water regularly and taken out to potty while their puppies stay warm (or cool) inside. Where if mom is not keeping them clean enough there is someone who has loved them from the moment they were conceived to help keep them clean and take to them to the vet and get them vaccinations on time. This extra time with mom and siblings will not have a negative effect on your ability to bond with the puppy or their training. In fact having that extra few weeks will allow your puppy to develop in a way that will allow them to bond more strongly with you, be more socialized, and better able to process their environment.
Puppies and their mothers need a clean calm environment to mature properly. At the factory farms (puppy mills) they are born in a cage and are never taken out for a bath or to play in the yard. They aren’t played with or handled with love and care. They stay in the cage with their mother until they are taken from them way too young and shipped out across the country.
Never take home a puppy where you cannot first see where it was born and learned to socialize and play. Never ever take home a puppy that you cannot see the puppy with its mother and siblings and if applicable the other family dogs. Factory Farms would never invite you over to see their facilities. They would never allow you to see the mother dogs and the other puppies they are producing. That is why they use middle men to ship their puppies all over the country to places with names like puppy nursery or puppy palace or puppies and kittens for you where the puppies are kept in baby cribs or baby play pens. Where everything is bright white or pink and blue you are given an experience and you pay for that experience both in cost of the puppy and in that puppy’s health.
The truth is no one even knows if the puppy is healthy they haven’t really seen a vet and if they have it is one who has been paid to give them a clean bill of health not one who cares first and foremost for the puppy. The puppy doesn’t know how to potty outside or what grass is because they still at 6, 7, 8 weeks have never seen grass in their lives. They haven’t really been able to learn how to be a puppy because they spent the first few weeks of their lives living in a dirty crate with their mother and then at the store they are kept with puppies who also had no guidance from their mothers.
A pet store that has puppies for sale is the very last place you want to get a new puppy from – a puppy that you want to be around a very long time to love and love you that you want to be happy and healthy.