Sunday, October 31, 2010

Organic Bullies Educational Series - What To Look For In A New Puppy

What To Look For In A New Puppy
 by: Will Lambert
 
Getting a new puppy is an exciting prospect. You're about to be getting a new resident in your house, one which will hopefully become a life-long friend. When picking out a new puppy, there are things that you need to be aware of that will help you make the right choice.

First of all, look for a dog that is good at socializing with others. This means that the dog seems to fit in with the group versus being the loner that isn't interacting. This is important, since you want your new puppy to get along with your family and be able to make friends easily with you and any other animals that you might have.

Make sure that your puppy is in the best of health. Look for obvious signs that the animal might not be too healthy. It can be expensive to get a new pet that has some health problems from day one.

Make sure your puppy doesn't show signs of being aggressive. This is normally best seen when it's time to feed. This will be the one that dominates the others and is overly aggressive about things. This aggression can cause problems later on that you want to avoid.

If you are getting a pure breed, be sure you get the puppy from a reliable breeder. There are many health problems associated with pure bred animals. This is why you need a good breeder who has a history of healthy puppies. They should have information on health issues and the dog's vaccination history, if there have been any thus far. Additionally, most will go through a de-worming process with the animal to make sure this isn't a problem.

If you have children, make sure that they also get to be part of the process. It's important that they are involved so you can gauge the puppy's reaction to them.

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