Training plus Dog Training
All puppies are heartbreakers so it takes a lot of self control not to buy the first puppy you see. Do your homework and ask the breeder a lot of questions and be prepared to be quizzed in return. Any good breeder will be pleased to answer you queries. You can check any health test results on the Kennel Club Health Check site, if the breeder is claiming the parents are health screened but cannot or will not give you the registered name of the parents it should sound alarm bells.
Always, always see the puppies with their mother, that is the whole litter not just the puppy you are interested in. Mum will not be in the best of condition as rearing a litter is hard work for her and she will be quite 'baggy' underneath. If she looks in wonderful condition and shows no sign of feeding puppies beware. Never buy a puppy if Mum is not there, whatever the reason given. To have a litter and no mother is very rare.
Two Golden Rules:
Be prepared to wait for the puppy that is right for you, that could be up to a year.
Be prepared to travel, the best puppy is not always on your doorstep.
Or Coming back when called.
1) However long it has taken and however late for work you are never tell off a dog that has come back to you, would you go to someone if you knew you were in for a telling off?
2) Only call your dog once, if you stand there shouting 'come here' over and over all you are doing is teaching your dog to ignore you.
If you are looking for a pedigree puppy this is one of the best sites you can look on.
All adverts are vetted before they go 'live' so any claims that are made about pedigrees, health checks etc. have been verified.
Each owner has a mini 'website' so you can find out about the puppy's background, the breeders experience and if they have puppies now or are planning a litter in the future.
There is also information on every breed to help you decide if the breed you are interested in is suitable for your lifestyle.