Thursday, June 10, 2010

When to Refer to your breeder!

There are many good reasons to buy from a reputable breeder, and here are a few.

When I get the call about a dog that is in danger of being put down or given away, particularly because it has bitten someone, I always ask "who is your breeder or rescue group, and have you contacted them?" Unless you've gotten your puppy from a pet store or puppy mill (they're both the same in my book as the puppies come from the same place!), or a private party that bred their dogs "just because", then you have no resources.

But, if you've purchased your pup from a breeder who backs up what they do, which includes a contract, that's a good thing. Even if you purchased your dog from a rescue, you often can contact them as well. These folks want to help you. Breeders will often offer to take the dog back from you in lieu of putting the dog down. I've heard of two breeders in the past month that offered to take the dogs into their homes for a month and see if they can work on the problem for the owners. That's a great breeder!

So, before you think you're going to have to either 1) put your dog down or 2) give him up to a rescue, go back to where you purchased him from and see if there is help for him.

This is why it's important to have a contract from whomever you purchase from. Contracts protect the breeder/rescue group, the new owners and most importantly, the dog!

I have to say 99% of the time I'm in the dog's corner, and that often if we could just give them a fresh start they would be able to turn things around.

Have a good one!
Deb S.
Corky the yorky, Everee the BC, Eli the bloodhound

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