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Buying a puppy doesn't have to be overwhelming

Updated: Jul 12

How to Get Smart About Buying a Puppy

Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting experience. But it’s also important to do your research beforehand in order to make sure that you are getting the right fit for your family and lifestyle. Here are some tips for being smart about buying a puppy.

Know What You're Looking For

Before you start shopping around, take some time to think about what kind of dog would make the best pet for your family. Do you want a large or small breed? Are there any particular breeds that appeal to you? Do you want an older dog or a puppy? Knowing exactly what type of pup you’re looking for can help narrow down your search and prevent disappointment later on.

Where To Buy From

Once you have an idea of what type of pup will be right for you, it’s time to decide where to buy from. If possible, consider visiting the breeder in person before making the purchase. This will give you the opportunity to meet with them and ask questions so that you can get a better sense of their practices and the environment in which they raise their puppies. Additionally, if possible, try to meet the parents of the puppy before committing—this may provide some insight into how big your pup may grow up to be and his or her temperament. Finally, always request paperwork verifying health checks and vaccinations as proof that your pup is healthy!

Preparing Your Home

Before bringing home your new pup, it’s important to prepare your home first. Make sure that all necessary items like crates, beds, food bowls, toys, etc., are ready ahead of time so that when you bring him/her home there isn't any confusion or chaos trying to get everything set up during those first few days together. Additionally, familiarize yourself with basic training techniques prior so that when it comes time for potty training and obedience classes (which should start right away!), You are already equipped with some knowledge on how best to train him/her effectively and efficiently!

There's no denying that bringing home a new puppy is an exciting experience! But it's important not just to be prepared but also informed when making such an important decision like this one. Researching different breeds beforehand and finding reputable breeders can help ensure that you find the perfect little furry friend who fits perfectly into your life! With these tips in mind, buying a puppy doesn't have to be overwhelming; instead it can be an enjoyable process filled with joyous anticipation!

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The RSPCA has created a guide that can help you with your puppy search, please click on the link below for further information: The Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer's Guide | RSPCA (

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