Ready? Set? Stop!

Do your research before you GO!

What should I research when choosing a veterinarian?

1. Consider a local veterinarian that is accessible. Go visit their practice. If they do not welcome you now, what will it be like later?  You must feel comfortable asking and expecting appropriate answers.

2. Consider a hospital that has multiple Veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technicians, that are kind and knowledgeable. People skills are their greatest asset, but they need to know their stuff too!

3.  Consider their price structure and if their quality of care matches your expectations. We all want the best care, but costs can add up quickly when doing excessive diagnostics. You need to feel respected with your decisions based on the information provided and treatment plans discussed.

When should I hang up or walk away?

Many people are excellent salesman and you will be living day to day with their product. Follow your gut instinct or ask someone who has adequate experience to guide you.

1.  https://www.gsdca.org/german-shepherd-dogs/choosing-a-puppy/good-buyer-good-breeder

What should I study before I bring the puppy home?

Question I should ask

Questions you should be asking when purchasing a puppy

What should I ask for when buying a dog/puppy?

1. AKC registration and OFA Certifications. Responsible breeders put money back into their breeding program.

2. Are they current on medical? Wormings, shots, microchipping, toenail trimmings, etc. should all be on a written record.

3. Why did they choose to breed this pair? Conscientious Breeders think ahead, considering pedigrees, the dogs themselves and many other factors before the breeding.

4. What have they or their buyers accomplished with previous puppies? Are they consistently producing what you want within your home? A proven track record is a good foundation to follow.

5. Price. You have to get what you want within your budget even if it means payments. There are lots of puppies available, it may just take awhile. The greater cost is equipment, vet, food and training, etc

What should I see when I go look at puppies?

1. See all paperwork you need to see before they show puppies!!! If they cannot produce verifiable documents go no further. All puppies are cute. Do not let them sway your decision by playing on and using your emotions, think it through.

2. See parents if possible. Even if it means a trip to the stud's home. You may be able to see what else he has produced or bred to as well. You want to see what you like, and like what you see.

3. See the group if possible. Seeing how they interact can tell you how they may place themselves within your home.

4. Go into their home. If the kennel/home isn't clean enough for you to enter, go no further. If they are not healthy, leave.

5. See the one you want, away from its nest. You want to see how it would accept you one on one, and in a new environment if possible, such as the front room or even in the front yard.

What should I do if I want to buy a puppy?

1. See a written contract. It should completely identify puppy, including tattoo or microchip information, with all AKC requirements as well as guarantee and stipulations of sale.

2. See copies of all documentation represented. Require a set to take home with you at time of purchase! Including AKC registration, pedigree, titles, health records.

3. Go straight to the vet. Be sure that things are all A ok. (If not go straight back to the breeder!)

What should I do when I get the puppy?

1. Plan to purchase equipment as soon as possible. Breeders point out things that will make the adjustment smoother.

2. Get the pup on schedule. Use the timer on your stove for potty and play times.

3. Couple loads of love with absolute firmness.

4. Do not delay using your breeder for help. Do not get rid of the dog get rid of the problem!

When should I start training?

1. When you first take your puppy home.
2. More when he/she gets into trouble.
3. Even more when he/she gets a little older.
4. Continue your training. (Always stay a step ahead of the dog)

Training is a great way to exercise your dog! Did you know there are certificates for ...EVERYTHING!
running (biking with your dog)
catching (Frisbee with your dog)
stockworking (sheep, cattle, ducks this is fun!)
biting (personal protection, Schutzhund)
smelling (many options here)
jumping (agility is popular)
listening (a must anyway)
The list goes on... and your pet can also become a great hobby!

When should I say goodbye?

This is a very personal decision and can be very difficult to make. We have been there too, if you need to talk.

1. When the dog develops an inability to fit into your lifestyle. You cannot train or contain the problem.

2. When the dog's quality of life is poor. You should love your family member enough to let go when the time comes.

3. When you have allowed time to come to terms with your decision and possibly allowed another to settle in.

Pet Ownership is Healthy

Find Health and Happiness with Your Pet

When should I say goodbye?

Research continues to prove keeping a furry friend keeps you in better health. You will be healthier and happier. As you keep your pet healthy, you are keeping yourself healthier too!

Studies by the National Institute of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm that fur-babies decrease blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, a combo that lowers the risk of a potential heart attack. This is because they help reduce stress levels.

Research published by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology says having a household pet decreases a child’s risk of having allergies by 33 percent, later in life. Scientists believe the early exposure (exposure before the first year - after the first year of life has no impact on future allergies) to allergens and diverse bacteria helps the body get accustomed to allergens and allows a child to build a natural immunity.

Admit it. You LOVE IT when your furry friend greets you with a saucy smile and rubs against you! This is because it elevates levels of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that affect mood and have calming properties. Spend some time petting your pet to release several other feel good hormones, including oxytocin, and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

According to Britain’s Warwick University, people reported making friends much easier if they own a pet. Also, researchers from the University of Chicago found that pet owners are less isolated than their pet-free counterparts because they are more likely to strike up a conversation about their pet. Studies also show pets can be great walking buddies too. So, take a walk and take your microchipped pet (where safe), or just hang out on the patio and soak up some sun together! Pets can also help break the ice when inviting people into your home. Ask your neighbor how they feel about your well-mannered pet and introduce them in case your pet ever gets out unexpectedly.