There are many reasons for choosing a puppy from a pet store, including:
- Pet stores provide healthy puppies.
The preeminent study by Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine on the health of puppies from various sources demonstrates, on average, pet store puppies are as healthy as, or healthier than, those from any other source.
- Pet stores and their sources for puppies are regulated at the state and federal level.
Pet stores and breeders are the most regulated sources of pets.
Pet stores and their puppy suppliers must comply with federal, state or local laws including care standards, veterinary treatment, socialization and exercise requirements, among other things. Private breeders and internet sellers have no regulation or oversight at all.
- Pet stores provide consumer protection and satisfaction.
Pet stores are an accountable, traceable source for pets. An overwhelming majority of pet stores provide warranties on the dogs they sell, often backed up by specific legal requirements. These laws frequently don't apply to other sources of animals, so pet store customers enjoy greater protection.
- Pet stores help owners find the best breed for their lifestyle.
Pet store visits ensure compatibility. Pet store customers have the convenience of easily visiting the store as many times as necessary to physically interact with their prospective pet, and ensure compatibility and a responsible choice.Do you have allergies and require a specific breed? Does your lifestyle mean you need a small or large dog, or that an active or less-active breed would suit you best? Pet stores typically offer a wide choice of breeds that may not be available from shelters, rescues or private breeders. Due to this service a pet store may be the best choice for finding the breed you prefer.
- Pet stores address declining pet populations.
Many shelters are now importing dogs from foreign countries to fill the demand.
Without pets, there is no pet industry. With mandatory spay and neuter laws, shelter populations will continue to shrink. If consumers are limited to a shelter-only population, where will pets come from in the future?
- Pet stores are not the source of unwanted pets in shelters.
The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy report found that 96 percent of relinquished pets came from somewhere other than a pet store, and 70 percent of the time the reasons owners relinquish a dog or cat to a shelter could have been prevented with consumer education. Most pets in shelters were acquired for less than $300, most free.
- Pet stores add to the local economy.
Reputable pet stores are established businesses in the community. These legitimate businesses bring steady tax revenue and build the local economy with owners purchasing: supplies, veterinary services, grooming day care, etc.
- Pet store bans can open underground markets.
Preventing responsible pet stores from selling pets opens the door to an underground, unregulated market. While pet sale bans frequently begin with dogs and cats, other animals can and will be added to the list of banned pets.
- Pet store bans do not address animal welfare issues.
Those who truly care about the welfare of animals work to raise standards of care and eliminate pet providers who don't maintain acceptable standards. Blanket pet sale bans do not advance the standards of care for pets.
- Pet stores rely on customer satisfaction. Customer satisfaction is paramount in any successful business. Pet stores facilitate the pet ownership experience, relying on repeat customer business and customer satisfaction. Providing healthy, well-socialized pets is not only the right thing to do, it is a good business decision.
Questions to Ask Before You Buy a New Puppy
Q: Can you afford a dog?
A: Dogs can bring a lot of joy but owning a dog as a pet takes money for the life of the dog. Every year a dog will have costs for food, training, accessories, vet bills, and licenses. Do you have the financial resources to adequately invest in the life of the pet? There is no such thing as a cheap dog, no matter where you get your dog.
Q: Can you and your family give needed supervision?
A: A dog will likely live 10 to 15 years. They will require a minimum of one hour of quality attention every day for their entire life. That's over 4000 hours you and your family will be spending just caring for your pet, plus many more fun time hours. Puppies, like small children, require constant supervision. If you travel, or are a work-alcoholic and can't take the dog with you, you'll need to make arrangements for caring for the dog while you are gone.
Q: Does your living arrangement allow a dog?
A: This must be determined before you even begin searching for a new furry pet. If you live in an apartment, get permission from the landlord in writing first.
Q: Are there hidden allergies to dogs?
A: Anyone in the family have pollen allergies? If so they might also be allergic to a dog. If in doubt, come into the store and discuss this with us and we will help determine if this might be an issue. People are allergic to either dog dander or the hair of a dog. Generally we can allow you or anyone in your family play with the dog for some time to see if a skin reaction or eye irritation/watering crops up. We want to help you make sure no one in the household has any dog allergies before bringing home a new puppy.
Q: Are there children in the home?
A: We specialize in what we call "Family Friendly" breeds and will help you match the best breed for your family's lifestyle. There are some breeds that are better with children. We also will help you know how to supervise dogs with children. Small children crawl around on the floor and are more likely to come face-to-face with your dog. This can be seen by your new dog as a threat, so making sure an adult is with the child and dog at all times will keep both child and puppy safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will my puppy be registered?
A: There are several canine registries (The American Kennel Club, (AKC), APR, ACA, UKC) and others. Most of our puppies are registered with AKC. You will be given the opportunity to register your new puppy at the time of purchase.
Q: What does it mean to have a registered puppy?
A: Buying a registered, purebred puppy means that its family tree is documented as being exclusively one breed. Buying a registered dog does not necessarily mean that the dog will be healthier than a non-registered dog. It means that its parents are of the same breed and that the dog comes from a purebred line. AKC (American Kennel Club) is the most familiar purebred dog registry in the country. There are several other dog registries such as ACA, APR, UKC that also register purebred dogs.
Q: Will my puppy be microchipped?
A: Yes, all of our puppies are microchipped before purchase. You will be given the opportunity to register it at the time of purchase. It is extremely important to register your puppies microchip. If your puppy should ever become lost, there is a good chance that your puppy will be recovered if it has a registered microchip. In a pets lifetime, one out of three will become lost. Without enrollment registration and identification about ninety percent will not be recovered.
Q: What breeds are best for people who have allergies?
A: People who have allergies should consider dogs that shed very little. Breeds to consider are: Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Irish Water Spaniel, Kelly Blue Terrier, Maltese, Poodle, Schnauzer, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.