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Do you remember the song, “How much is that doggie in the window?” Well here is why you should not purchase that doggie in that window. The puppies that are sold in pet stores come from something called puppy mills. If people keep buying from puppy mills they will stay in business.

I don’t want to make this blog a sad one so I will explain briefly what a puppy mill is. It is a factory of dogs that are kept in very poor living conditions. They live in small cages usually full of their own feces. They are usually diseased and in poor health. When they can not birth multiple puppies any longer they are killed and thrown away.

So how can we be sure that we are getting the healthiest happiest puppy? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Don’t purchase from a store that sells puppies! Also be very careful of newspaper and internet ads. To make sure they are not puppy mill, you should ask to meet the parent dogs, if they make an excuse why they can’t introduce you or want you to meet the puppy off site that’s a red flag!

You want to be sure you get references from the breeder (good breeders will not have an issue with this). Backyard breeders do not breed for temperament or heath, so you need to do the investigating yourself. When you meet the parent dogs you want to make sure they have good temperaments, are not aggressive by nature, and in good heath. Pure breeds are prone to all sorts of health conditions and you want to be sure that they will not be hereditary so ask appropriate questions and do your research on your breed of choice.

Good luck and enjoy the new member of your family!

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