Beware of scam and puppy farms!

Beware of scam and puppy farms!

High demand on puppies during lockdown and shortage of litters activated scammers of any sort and puppy farmers.

Please see warning signs of scams, thievs and farmers and stay safe.

 

  1. When you buy a puppy, his documents must include:

microchip certificate

vet records

pet passport with vaccinations

2. Never provide deposits before visiting breeder’s home to see puppies with their mother together. Scammers get your money and switch off their phones. Or you will get a call day or two prior getting a puppy telling you that puppy suddenly died. Genuine breeders will need to see a potential owner first and will be happy you to visit twice.

3. No excuses for not letting you see mother with puppies together. Say No to phone/zoom videos. You need to see your future pup in real time with its real mum and siblings if available. Fake mothers will not communicate with puppies. Do not agree to see puppies separately. Do not support puppy farms!

4. Check the postcode you are given by a breeder. See if it is a genuine. If the full address is not provided, do not go there. You may take time to travel and farmers will bring you puppies in a box with no mother at present. You must see them both within their normal environment.

5. Check images and phone numbers if they were used for other ads. Google and other searching engines help.

6. Do not rush choosing. The prices are at least twice high from average. It is worthy waiting a bit. Do a research, follow steps above and please remember your pup is not for a lockdown only when you have time and feel lonely. Pup will stay with you for at least 10-15 years.

Long Story short

This is an absolutely exciting moment of your life – bringing a pup into your house. Most of us choose a dog as a companion. They do become our family members, our close and trusted friends. But when we start treating our furry friends as if they are “little people”, then we often face some issues in dog’s behaviour. Why? The very simple answer is – dogs are dogs and should be treated and appreciated as such.

Ages of domestication and selection made dogs highly adaptive to diverse human environment and above all of that stays the major one – their attachment to us. No, they are not “pack animals” as most of us used to think.

Dogs are dogs. We do share some basic emotions/feelings like fear, anger, stress, happiness and… yes, love. They do really love us and miss us when we are away. There would not be any bonds between us without emotions. What can we learn from it? Should we just stay home or give our dog to puppy nursery or bring a pet sitter when we are at work? No. The simple answer is – we need to teach our pets that staying alone is not a catastrophe but rewarding because we reunite. We need to properly expose our puppies to all range of different people, kids, situations, noises etc so you face no fear induced aggression or separation disorders in future.

The crucial period is from conception (yes, that is why it is important not to get puppies from puppy farms/mills as stressed mother living in miserable environment most likely will have puppies prone to separation disorders and fearful aggression) to about 11-12 weeks. By all means, puppies will still be adaptive later on up to about 10 months of age but the process will be relatively slower and at some point some issues may not be resolved at all.