Hi, I’m Linda from Cause and Effect Dog Training.

Welcome to the first of our series of 12 videos. In this video, we are covering how you go about
selecting the puppy that’s right for your family, and the questions and the vital points you need
to consider with that.

When we first decide on a dog, we need to look at our family and what our lifestyle and
requirements are. If we’re an active family who like running, hiking etc then the dog we select
needs to have a higher energy level and body structure to enjoy these activities. If we’re an
older person or live a more sedate lifestyle, we need to find a dog who hasn’t got such a high
energy requirement, so it fits into our lifestyle.

Once we’ve worked that out, the next thing we need to do is look at breeds or combinations in
different crosses. We need to do a little bit of research about what those breeds were originally
bred for, and that can give us some insight into what we could expect in a dog that we get. So
for example, if we look at a border collie or a cattle dog, they’re obviously a herding dog, they
have a high energy requirement, but they also are very, very intelligent. So in their lifestyle
living with people, they need to have a job to do, and they need to be mentally stimulated, as
well as getting that physical activity. It’s really, really important for their wellbeing. Then once
we’ve decided on a breed, then we need to do a little bit more research and have a look to see
if there’s any genetic or hereditary problems that could occur with our selected breed. By
finding out what those problems could be, it gives you a little bit more insight into how living
with your dog is going to look. So once we’ve decided on the breed, then we need to find a
breeder.

There’s a lot of breeders to choose from. You need to find a breeder who is likable, who is
approachable, who is knowledgeable, and someone who is quite happy to talk to you about not
only the pros of their dogs, but the cons as well. The other thing that we need to look at is
asking a breeder how they manage their litter of puppies leading up to eight weeks of age
when they go to their new homes. A lot of things that will influence a puppy happens in that
first eight weeks of life when they’re with the breeder. So you can ask your breeder, do they do
enrichment activities? And what sort of things do they do? Are puppies exposed to different
surfaces? Are they exposed to grass? Do they meet children etc? Just those basic little things
can make a huge difference in the way your puppy develops mentally.

Once we’ve done that, then we start looking puppies within a litter. Just because they’re the
same breed doesn’t mean you’re going to get the same temperament. In a single litter you can
get puppies who are more timid. You can also get puppies who are quite boisterous and
everything in between. So that’s why it’s important to have a good relationship with your
breeder. The breeder knows your litter better than anybody. So when you get to know your
breeder, they’ll get to know your family, your requirements, and can match that puppy to your
family’s need, so you get the best possible fit that you can.

Another really important thing to consider when you’re looking at getting a dog is the expenses concerning that. So, is your selected breed a dog who needs regular grooming, for example. That needs to be factored into your lifestyle and also your budget. You also need to consider costs of veterinary care, treatment protocols for fleas and ticks, vaccinations and food. Can you cover accidents if the unexpected happens, as well? This is just a bit of an insight into how you go about picking a dog and picking a breeder and getting the best puppy for your family.