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Getting a Puppy for the First Time

Many first-time prospective pet owners do not know where to start when it comes to getting a puppy for the first time.

While our blog’s mascot is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, these tips apply for any breed.


Rather than jump immediately into searching for puppies for sale or looking for free puppies online, it is important to learn the basics in taking care of these furry companions as they are an enormous responsibility for the next 10-20 years of your life.

Puppies, like human babies, are fragile and deserve careful attention. They are dependent on your care and attention. When puppies get sick, it’s your responsibility to take them to vet and have them cared for. They all must be fed well, groomed and given proper exercise. These are all things to consider before you make the decision to bring a puppy home.  Check out our article on ways you can get fit with your dog.

Purchase or Adoption

Puppies can be acquired through adoption or purchase and there are a lot of options to do so these days.

If you’re going to buy a purebred puppy, you’ll find that prices do vary according to the dog’s breed. For example, German Shepherd puppies can cost anywhere from $500-$1200+ per pup. Yorkie puppies, on the other hand, may cost around $900- $1800+ depending on the breeder.  Make sure to go with a responsible breeder with zero tolerance for puppy mills like pickapuppy.com

Pick A Puppy has zero tolerance for substandard and illegal breeders/sellers commonly known as puppy mills. Each breeder/seller that utilizes the Pick A Puppy site attests to the fact that they meet or exceed any local, state, and/or federal laws applicable to them and are within compliance of any laws they are required to adhere to at the time of sale. Breeders/sellers that offer puppies for sale on Pick A Puppy work hard taking care of the dogs and puppies to ensure that each of their puppies finds a lifelong home. Each breeder/seller attests that they work diligently to provide a clean and safe environment for the parents/puppies, providing veterinary care and proper nutrition, and to ensure that each puppy is provided with a good start utilizing proper nutrition, socialization, and vaccinations. Because of all the hard work that breeders/sellers put into their puppies prior to sale, it is important that the buyer provide a good home for their puppies.

You want to be sure you are picking the right puppy for your home environment and one that matches your personality.  For example, Yorkie puppies are known to be fun-loving and independent and are usually ideal for first-time owners. Originally from Yorkshire England, this breed makes a great pet because they are easy to get along with and need less attention than other puppies.

If you’d prefer to save a life and adopt a cute puppy that needs a home, there are animal shelters where you can get puppies for free – usually by making a donation of some sort.

Different pet breeds are handled differently and carefully studying each puppy’s personality type will greatly help in making sure you and your puppy get to spend a long fulfilling life together.

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Originally posted 2016-01-02 08:58:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  1. Love puppies!

  2. Potty training is number 1!!!!

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