IT ALWAYS HELPS TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION WHEN GETTING A NEW PET

Considering getting a new addition to your furry family? Be it a bouncing puppy or a golden oldie, making an informed choice is the best way to ensure happiness on both sides.

 NEW PUPPIES vs GOLDEN OLDIES? 

Everyone loves puppies. Their cute, fun, full of energy and love EVERYTHING! But before going for a young 7 or so week old, ask yourself this – “can I handle this ALL the time?” Training, socialisation, and care are needed for new pups, while older dogs tend to be quieter, more settled and they’ve already grown into the dog they will be. There are many beautiful golden oldies in shelters all around Australia begging for forever homes.

 PUREBREED vs MIXED? 

Look to the Australian National Kennel Council for registered breeders of purebreds. Purebreeds come with traits that are a bit more of a guarantee of what will suit your family and living situation. However, they also come with more prevalent health conditions than mixed breeds. Before choosing, consider that any breed will be affected by genetics, experiences, socialisation, training and exercise that they receive from you. Treat your new dog well and you can make them a valuable and loved member of your family.

 HOW TO AVOID PUPPY MILLS 

Always check out where your puppy is coming from. If you are buying a puppy, make sure it is no less than 7 weeks old when leaving the mother. Ideally, aim for 9 weeks. If the mother looks health and happy and you know the living situation is healthy and clean then you may have found a good breeder. Also expect questions about your lifestyle and full medical information for your new pup.

 DO I HAVE THE MONEY? 

Purebreds cost more than a mix from the shelter, but if you’re baulking at this cost then getting a new dog is probably not the best idea. On top of that you will also have vaccinations, possible desexing, wormers, parasite treatments, toys, beads, leads, food, pet safety equipment, grooming, vet fees, possible insurance, pet sitters and more! Does that sound exhausting and expensive. Our pets may cost a lot, but they are worth it. If you don’t think you can afford this then it may be better to wait until you do.

 DO I HAVE THE TIME? 

Puppies are energetic and require a lot of care and attention. We recommend taking several weeks off when getting a new puppy. Older dogs still need walks, playtime and bonding time with you. They are social creatures and need company of us and one another. If you work all hours and intend to leave your dog alone all day and have schedule that just doesn’t budge, you may end up with a lonely and depressed pet.

 IS MY SITUATION STABLE? 

We see a lot of situations in this industry where people buy pets when their situation isn't stable. Then, for one reason or another they are no longer able to keep the pet, resulting in rehoming, taking to the pound or (very sadly) euthanasia. If you are not in a stable home with a stable income then please reconsider getting a pet until your situation is more certain.

Owning a pet requires sacrifices, but they are more than worth it. If you have considered all of the above points and still think you’re ready to get a new furry friend then we wish you the best!

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