To Adopt or Purchase a Puppy

When it comes to finding a new pet, it can be a hard decision in choosing whether to adopt or buy. Many factors including lifestyle, time spent at home, training ability and other pets in the family can all play their part in making the decision. If choosing to adopt, it is important to research the breed and have a good understanding of what may be involved in ongoing care and training for that dog. If choosing to buy a puppy from a breeder, it is important to choose a reputable breeder who is breeding responsibly. You can always ask your local vets or kennel clubs as to which breeders they may recommend for your chosen breed.

Adopting from rescues or shelters can be a great opportunity to give an adult dog a second loving home. If you're looking to bypass the puppy stage and have an adult companion, this may be the right choice for you. Most reputable rescues and adoption centres will have websites where each of their adoption dogs are featured. They should include information on the dog breed, what kind of family or lifestyle the dog may suit and any ongoing medical or behavioural issues the new owner should be informed about. It is important to go in and meet the dog and spend some time getting to know them before adopting. Some adoption centres may allow for a trial period where you are able to have the dog at your home for a few weeks ensuring they are the right fit for you. 

Some pros of adopting a dog may include that they are already toilet trained and have mastered basic training commands already. If they are an older dog, they may have lower energy levels which may suit your lifestyle, although this is breed dependent. Another pro for adopting a dog is the ability to give them another loving home and a new chance to be part of a family. It is important to note that some dogs may have been rehomed before you and may have ongoing behavioural issues. It is important to make sure you are aware and willing to be able to facilitate and continue the training they need. Some adoption dogs may not be ok around other pets, dogs or small children so it is important to acquire this information before making your decision.

Adopting ex-racing greyhounds is also another great option when it comes to adopting. Greyhounds As Pets or (GAP) offer different adoption or foster programs for ex-racing dogs which are able to be rehomed as family pets. The GAP adoption program goes to extensive lengths to retrain these dogs from racing on the track to being the perfect family pet. Because these greyhounds go through the foster program before adoption, GAP are able to tell you whether these dogs are able to be around small children, are suitable as a one or multi-pet household or have any other ongoing behaviour or medical issues. 

If you choose to purchase a puppy, it is important to find a reputable breeder. Most registered breeders take the time to meet with potential owners, whether that's face to face or over the phone to ensure you will be able to provide an adequate home for their puppies. It is important to research your potential breeder and meet the breeding dogs if possible. Each breed of dog has their own requirements for things like exercise and mental stimulation so it's important to choose the breed that will match your lifestyle. Getting in contact with your local vet or kennel clubs can give you all the relevant information on choosing the right breeder for you.

It is important to know where your puppy is coming from so we do not support irresponsible breeding or puppy farms. It is important that the breeder is able to share relevant information about both breeding dogs and to have them vet checked before breeding. Puppies should always come with relevant vet history and any proof of vaccinations or medical treatment.

Written by Alanah White, Veterinary Nurse.

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