(Closed) We bought a puppy **pics**

posted 10 years ago in Pets
Post # 47
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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@GoldfishPie: Is there a way to have a dog genetically tested (is this common practice) if it’s likely it came from a puppy mill? Inbreeding can often cause major health problems.

Post # 48
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

When I was little, my parents bought a dog from a pet store because they didn’t know there was anything wrong with it. 

Your little pup is SO cute, and I am sure will have a great life.  I’d just take chalk this up to a learning experience, and make sure to adopt from a shelter or a reputable breeder if you choose to get another pet.

Post # 49
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Awww…so cute! I want one…..!!

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@EleanorRigby: Pretty much how I feel.

Post # 51
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

So darn cute.

Those adorable pictures are not helping my “puppy fever”!! Some women get “baby fever” I have “puppy fever”.

Post # 52
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Oh man…he is so stinkin’ cute. I have a soft spot for fluffy dogs. Pet store or not..congrats on the new member of your family. It will be some tough going until you get the little fella on a schedule but definitely worth it in the long run. 

Post # 53
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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@GoldfishPie: Unfortunately, being AKC registered doesn’t guarantee anything other than the parents were AKC registered.  The AKC doesn’t do any sort of checks to make sure the dogs fit their standards, physically or health-wise.  Even a reputable breeder will occasionally have a pup that has serious faults and doesn’t fit the standard.  If that dog were bred to another AKC dog of the same breed and had pups that deviated even further than the standard they could still be registered with the AKC. 

Good luck with the little one!  He’s adorable and I agree you can’t start with the training too early.  Even at 8 weeks they can start learning sit!  I also really like Nothing In Life Is Free (NILIF). 

Post # 54
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Sugar bee
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@caitlanc: Thanks!  That’s what I was going to say, but you beat me to it. 🙂

Again, being AKC registered DOES NOT mean it’s not from a puppy mill.  It just means it’s from a puppy mill that registeres its dogs with the AKC.  

Post # 55
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@cosmocity: Being AKC registered in NO way guarantees he didn’t come from a puppy mill.

You will NEVER find a dog from a reputable breeder in a pet store. Pet store puppies come from puppy mills and commercial breeders. Yes they are “pure bred” but the parents are not health tested, are often over-bred (multiple litters a year) and sometimes inbred.

Since no health testing is ever done the lines can be riddled with genetic defects. Also, to get puppies into stores at their prime selling and “cuteness” age they are often separated from litter mates and their mother way too early which can lead to behavioral problems (mainly with bite inhibition and interaction with other dogs).

You can combat the socialization issues by getting the puppy into puppy classes with other puppies asap, but make sure the classes require the necessary shots so you don’t end up with parvo or something else.

What’s done is done, but please never buy from a pet store again. If you want to buy a puppy, be sure to go through your local breed club and find a breeder who shows and health tests their dogs.

Please be sure to get your pup fixed when he is old enough/big enough.

Just searched petfinder.com and there are over 1,000 homeless Pomeranians near you. There is a severe pet overpopulation problem and many shelters have AKC registered purebreds in them that get euthanized every day.

 

ETA; Aside from all that, he is very cute and I hope he has a long, healthy, happy life. I second those who recommend NILIF as well as crate training. Remember he’s a dog and not a toy. Love him like crazy, but also make sure to discipline and teach him. Dogs crave structure and rules, they also like to be a member of the pack and will look to you for pack leadership.

Post # 56
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Sugar bee
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@KatNYC2011: VERY well said. 🙂

ETA: 

Also, to get puppies into stores at their prime selling and “cuteness” age they are often separated from litter mates and their mother way too early which can lead to behavioral problems

This is why I will not even go into pet stores that sell puppies and kittens; I refuse to buy anything at a store that supports the puppy mill industry.

Post # 57
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Precious little fuzz ball! It just looks like a perfect cuddle buddy!

But I will add a vote to the “Run, far far away from pet store puppies!” group. I know OP already bought hers but maybe someone else will see and think about it again. Shelter pups are amazing!! 

Post # 58
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@Miss Apricot: I do the same. If I walk into a pet store and they are selling puppies/kittens, I just walk out.

I like my local PetSmart and PetCo though because they have dogs and cats from local shelters/rescues there up for adoption.

Fiance has to pull me away from them every time. I know we can’t get another pet right now, but I can’t help but want to rescue them all!

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