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We’re at the end of how to choose your puppy.  I’m honored that you have continued to the end with me on this journey.  I wanted to give you the most comprehensive view possible on how to best choose your new pet.   I hope that I have succeeded.

In this post we will go over how to judge the personality of the dog, applying with a rescue, recognizing a responsible dog breeder to help smooth the process to getting your new puppy safely into your loving home.

Judging the Personality of a Puppy

A puppy’s personality is likely to differ slightly from that of the adult dog.  Yet you can still tell a great deal from the behavior of a puppy especially if you can see him with other members of his litter.  In general I avoid the most outgoing puppy and the most reserved puppy.  I have found a site that shows an excellent temperament test.  It isn’t the most professional looking sites, but has an excellent test for the temperament for a puppy or adult dog.  A temperament test is the best way to get a good gauge on what type of puppy you are evaluating and how a puppy reacts to certain situations.  The temperament test will help you decide what type of dog you can expect.

Applying with a Dog Rescue

Most rescues that you will find have some sort of application process.  This process is there to help the rescue make sure that your household is stable enough that you have the resources and ability to take care of the dog or puppy that you want to adopt.  It is also there to make sure that the best household will adopt the puppy.  At times more than one family wants the same puppy.  In these instances they will use the applications to find the best family for the puppy.

When you are filling out these applications make sure you answer the questions completely and accurately.  Don’t give in to the temptation to embellish things in the application.  Remember by following all the “How to Choose a New Dog or Puppy” steps you are ready for this.  You have temperament tested your puppy, which should impress the rescue and reassure them that you know what you are looking for.  You know that the puppy you have chosen will fit into your household.

The best places to find rescues are on Petfinder.com you can also look at your local humane society or animal control office.  You can find humane societies and animal control offices phone numbers in your local yellow pages.  You can also find them on the yellow pages online.

Finding A Responsible Dog Breeder

Not all dog breeders are created equal.  You have your professional dog breeders that will be listed at the American Kennel Club or will be part of a breed club, there is your home dog breeder who most likely is the ones that put signs “puppy for sale” in their front yard or post an ad in your local newspaper, then you have your puppy mill dog breeders.  These are the folks who run huge operations and give puppies to puppy stores.  No respectable breeder would ever sell a dog to a puppy mill.

I found a good article on red flags that you should find out about when you are evaluating a dog breeder.  Expect a dog breeder to ask lots of personal questions.  Like rescues, they want to make sure that their puppies are going to good homes.  They also want to make sure that their dogs won’t be turned in to humane societies or dog rescues.  In fact, most respectable breeders will have, in their contract that if you can not keep the dog you will return it to them.  As with the rescues, be honest and open.  Observe how the puppies interact with each other to see how they react to each other and temperament test the puppies you are considering.

I found another article at the American Kennel Club about how to identify a responsible dog breeder.

Since we are at the end of this series, now is the time for questions.  What else do you want to know?  Are there any other types of resources that could help you?  What else can I do to help you find the right dog for your home?