Choosing a puppy for your home is not as easy as you think. You just walk into a pet store or a breeder, see a puppy come to you and pick it up and choose this as your puppy. This is not the way you should buy a puppy and bring it home. There are a lot of things you need to consider when having plans to bring a new pup home. The first and the foremost thing is that everyone in the home is aware of this plan and has given their consent to bring a pup home and to raise it.
Never choose bold and energetic pups
One mistake that most of the first-time puppy buyers make is to look to buy vigorous, hyperactive, and energetic pups. You would fall in love with the pups that are jumping all over the place and grabbing the toys and playing with them. It might also be holding your pants and tugging fiercely. These hyperactive pups do look very attractive when they play, but they can often drive you crazy in a day or two and are also very difficult ones to train. Hence, never choose overactive puppies.
Scan the whole litter
Looking at the litter as a group is very important. If there are four to five pups in the group and three of them are woofing at you, then you should avoid this litter. Never choose a puppy that tucks its tail behind or moves away from you when it sees you. A shy pup will always grow into a shy dog and can be difficult to live with.
Look how the pups interact with their mates
The normal puppies are the ones that check you all over, take rounds around your feet, pull the shoelaces, bite your fingers, etc. It is important to watch how the puppies behave with the tier litter group.
- If the puppies are noisy, vociferous, bossy and outgoing in nature, then they are not ideal to become your pet pup.
- If the puppies are very gentle, submissive and have their tail tucked behind, then they are also not good for you as they are shy puppies.
- If you spot puppies that are not too bossy and also not that submissive, then you can choose these pups as your pet.
Check the chosen ones individually
After looking at the litter group, it is time that you asked the breeder to show each of the shortlisted pups individually. You should always see how the puppies react when he or she separates from its littermates. You need to see how it reacts when separated from the group. The pups that were very active with litter friends are not so very active when alone will not make a good pet pup. A pup, that felt dominated by others is outgoing when left alone is not a bad choice.