Guest Post: RSPCA Australia Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer’s Guide
Dogs make great companions and many of us dream of the day we can bring home a furry best friend in the hope of starting a wonderful new friendship. However, we don’t always stop and consider all the important aspects of getting a dog or puppy including the long-term commitment.
The RSPCA has created the online, interactive Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer’s Guide to help you find out if you are prepared and on the path to finding a dog that’s right for you, your lifestyle and home.
Some of the important questions to ask yourself and family are:
- Do I want a puppy or an adult dog? Is small, medium or large best for me?
- Am I looking for a calm, quiet dog that settles easily, or a more playful, active dog?
- Can I cover all the financial costs of owning a dog, beyond just the purchase price, including food, bedding, toys and veterinary check-ups and treatment including emergencies?
- Do I have a clean, comfortable, safe and secure home for a dog?
- Do I have time to train and socialise a dog?
- Do I have time to walk and play with a dog every day?
- Do I have time to groom a dog that needs frequent brushing?
- Do I know about desexing, microchipping and registration requirements, vaccinations and preventative health care (such as worming and tick prevention)?
- Am I ready to make a 15-year commitment?
If you are ready for a new pet, the next important step is to know where your poochy pal will come from.
Adopting from the RSPCA is a great way to give a dog or puppy a forever home. However, if you can’t find the dog or puppy you’re looking for over time from the RSPCA or another reputable rescue centre, it’s important to know how to find a responsible breeder.
If you choose to buy a puppy from a breeder, be sure to start the conversation by making sure:
- You visit the place where the puppy was born
- You meet the mother dog (and father dog too, if he’s there) and check they’re happy and healthy
- The breeder provides a high standard of care and living conditions for all of their dogs
The RSPCA Guide includes an easy to use checklist you can print and take with you on your search you when you visit a breeder, so you can avoid purchasing a dog from an irresponsible breeder or puppy farm.
So if you are thinking of getting a new furry best mate, ensure this Guide is your first stop so you know you’re prepared and you can be on the right track to taking home a healthy, happy and well-adjusted puppy.