Purchasing a puppy can be scary. After all you are bringing someone home to join your family. They could be part of your household for many years. It would be helpful to know some secrets dog breeders keep from you and questions you can ask to reveal the truth.
What do you clean with?
This is an important question. Many cleaning supplies can be harmful to dogs let alone puppies. Especially a new puppy just developing. Some chemicals can burn lungs or noses of animals. Also take a look around and see what you see. The breeder may know how to give you the answer you want. For example, Sandpoint Doodles uses essential oils to clean that are safe to new puppies. We have seen breeders who use bleach to clean which can be very harmful.
Do you allow visiting dogs?
Socialization is important. However, remember these puppies have not completed there immunization shots just yet. They won’t complete them until they are about 14-16 weeks. We recommend avoiding contact with dogs until then. Avoid walking on the floor at pet stores, rest stops, or anywhere else that other dogs frequent. A good breeder would not let people bring their dogs to meet the puppies for fear that they could infect the puppies.
Can I visit?
This is huge. If they say no or you have to purchase a puppy to visit, this is a red flag and you should avoid them at all cost. Obviously they are trying to hide something. Sometimes they give the reason that they don’t want you to visit is so the puppies don’t catch a human sickness. That can’t happen. Most likely they have a bad facility they don’t want you to see. Perhaps they have many dogs in kennels that they would prefer you not to see. Remember all puppies are cute, but there is a difference in how they get their start in life and this will determine how healthy your dog will be later on.
Do you fix the puppies and at what age?
Talk to your vet. What do they recommend. Why do they recommend this? Many breeders will fix puppies before 8 weeks old simply to prevent competition of breeding dogs. This is not a good practice. It’s not healthy for a puppy so young to undergo such a surgery. They may give you all kinds of reasons why this is a good idea. Talk to your vet.
Is this your full time job?
If it is, great. That means the puppies are hopefully getting the attention they need. If not, wow. That brings up many more questions.
- How often are they fed or watered?
- How often are they cleaned up after?
- How young are they when they are left alone?
The puppies don’t open their eyes until they are two weeks old. So there are many dangers until then. They can wander off and get too cold. Mom can accidentally sit on them. It’s a scary time. Dogs and puppies knock over there water all the time. If no one is home then what? Are they fed once or twice a day. These are new borns just developing.
Do your research. Ask questions. If they don’t answer the phone now when you have questions, they certainly won’t answer the phone after you buy a puppy and you have questions.