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My goal is to help you in the purchase of your next working puppy that will be used in personal protection, police K9, or schutzhund

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Buying a working dog puppy

  1. 1. Buying a Working Dog Puppy My goal isto helpyouinthe purchase of your nextworkingpuppythatwill be usedinpersonal protection,police K9,orschutzhund.Thisinformationcouldbe appliedtoanypersonbuyinga puppy,butthisarticle is intendedforworkingpuppies.The article hasbeenlaidoutin4 step approach.Some of the stepsmayseemlike commonsense,butmuchtime needstobe appliedto each stepfora desirableoutcome. Buyinga puppyisa muchbiggerrisk,thenbuyinganadult.A puppymaynot endup makinga good prospect,or mightenduphavingbad hips.Whenyoubuyan adultthere are fewerunknowns. I wouldlike todebunksome commonmythsregardingchoosingapuppyoveran adult.Thisisnot to say one isbetteroverthe other,but to give yousome insighttocommonmyths.Ibelievebecause of these mythsmanypeople buypuppies,whenadultsmightbe amuchbetterchoice. Myth #1 An adultwill notbondwithme like apuppy. Thisis one of the biggestmythsof dogownership.Some of the bestdogsthathave come intoour workingdogprogram were broughtinas adults.Adultdogscandevelopjustasstrongof a bondwith you,and sometimesevenmore sothana puppy. We purchaseda 7 year-old,importedGermanShepherdthat hadbeenplacedinseveralhomes.The momentshe arrivedhome aninstantbondwasdevelopedwithmywife.The dogisnow 9 and to thisday the dog will literallynotleave herside.We joke andsaythisdogsacts as thoughshe raised heras a puppy. Myth #2 If I raise the puppy,itwon'thave behaviorproblemsthatmightcome withanadult.
  2. 2. If this wasthe case we wouldnothave the needto traindogs.No dogis goingto be perfect. Whetheritwas raisedasa puppy,orboughtas an adult,each doghas itsown setof problems. Many adultshave beenraisedfroma puppyinmore controlledenvironments,thenthe average familyhousehold.Whenapuppyisbeingheldbackbyusfor personal protection,police K9,orsport work,it isnot allowedtodowhatever itwants.Whenthe dogishere,itis beingtaughta job,or is performingacertaintaskthat will be usedasan adult.Most householdsare notstructuredenough to followthroughwiththiskindof training. So,do you still thinkapuppyisrightfor you?Readon. Step1 Picka suitable breed. People askme all the time,whatmakesa goodworkingpuppyandwhatshouldI be lookingforina puppy.The answerdependsonwhatthe dogis goingto be usedforand you alsoneedtosee that the dog's characteristicmatchthe owner'sactivitylevel. Askyourself thisquestion.WhatendresultdoIwant outof thisdog?Repeatthisquestionagainand againuntil youcan clearlydefine whatthe purpose orjobthisdogis to perform.Thismaynotseem veryimportantto a lotof people,butthiswillsave youalot of energy,time,andmoney. Everyworkingbreedhasitsattributes.Letme give youan example. Bob callsme and says,"I wantto buy a BelgianMalinoispuppytoraise asa home protectiondog." I ask him,"Whydo youwant thisparticle breed?" He replies,"Ihave afriendthathas one,andhe toldme theyare the bestbreedforhome protection." I thenask him,"Whatis youractivitylevel like?"
  3. 3. He thengoesonto tell me he has a badknee thatdoesnot allow himtoget aroundmuch. Withthat beingsaid,manybreederswouldsell himaBelgianMalinois,becausetheywouldfailto ask these questionsandassume Bobcouldhandle the highenergylevelof aBelgianMalinois.I wouldrecommendamore suitable breedforBob.Thisiswhere itisveryimportantthatyou doyour researchon the breedyouare goingto buy,or contact a reputable breeder.Justlikeall breedsof dogshave advantagesanddisadvantages,the same goesforworkingdogbreeds. Step2 Choose the rightbloodline. The secondthingto lookfor isthe puppy'spedigree.Thismaysoundsimple,butitcanevenbe a challenge foranexperiencedbreeder.A dog'spedigree consistsof manygenerationsof dogs. Thisis one area where ithelpstohave a reputable breederassistyou.We will discusschoosinga breederinthe nextstep.If youare goingto search on youown,thenyouwill needtolearnhow to readpedigrees,understandhipratings,andworking/show titles,butitdoesnotendthere though. You will needtospeakwithpeoplethathave informationabouttemperamentsof the parentsas well asotherdogsin the pedigree.If available,seeingthe parentsisalsoveryhelpfulindetermining whatthe parentstemperamentsare like. If line breedingisbeingdone,askthe breederwhyandwhattraitstheyare tryingto improve and whichonestheywantto eliminate.If the breedingisatotal out cross,thenask the breederthe same questions. Step3 Choose a Breeder. Thisis notan easytask. Searchingthe internetwill bringupthousandsof websites.Everysite will claimtheyare breedingthe bestdog,sohow dowe navigate throughthismaze? Do a simple Google searchforthe kennel owner'sname.Thiswill bringupanynegative potential information,andmayshowhowtheyhave handlednegative transactions,etc.inthe past.
  4. 4. Call or email the breederandaskwhattheirbreedinggoalsare,andwhyare theybreeding?If they are newto breedingdon'trule themoutasa potential place tobuyyourpuppy.Ourcompanyhelps newkennelsgetestablishedall the time,allowingthemtoproduce verygoodlitters. Watch out for breedersthatdon'tholdpuppiesback.We typicallyholdpuppiesbackforour working dog programso that we can see whattypesof dogswe are producing.If a breedersalesall their puppies,thentheyhave nowayof knowingwhattheyare producing. If the breederissellingworkingpuppiesforpersonal protectiondogs,police K9dogs,orschutzhund sport dogs,thentheyshouldhave aworkingprogram.Askthemif theydecoy,or worktheirown dogs.Our companynot onlyraisesandworksdogs,but we alsotrainand work client'sdogs. Step4 Pickthe right pup. The fourthstepis selectingthe rightpup.If a breederallowsyoutopickany pupout of the litter walkaway.Thisagain iswhere anexperiencedandknowledgeable breederisneeded.Asabreeder myself,havingpotentialbuyerspickpuppieswithoutclarifyingwhatthe buyerwantsandneedsare can leadto a disaster. We,as breeders,have aresponsibilityandare notdoingdue diligence bynotproperlyplacing puppies.Breedersare notperfect,andpuppiescanchange because of manyfactorsby the time they reach adulthood.Our successrate of dogplacementisveryhigh,because we take the time to match the rightdog withwhatthe potential buyerwantsandcan handle. There are some exceptionstothe rule,butthe breederhasspentthe last8 weekswiththe pups, and whoknowsbetteraboutthe pupsthan them.Testingapuppywhile atthe breederdoesnot give youthe time neededtoevaluate the dog. Whenlookingata potential prospectthe traitsthatare neededforthemtobe future workingdog shouldbe evident. Let's use thisexample.Sherrycallsus andis concernedaboutthe crime level inherneighborhood and wantsa dog to use as a deterrent.She isinquiringaboutabreedingthatissuitable forworking homes.Sherryexplainsthatshe wantstoput downa depositandhave firstpickof the litter.
  5. 5. I ask herhowmuch experience she has. Sherryreplies,"Ihave ownedaGermanShepherd,butneverone fromworkingbloodlines.Also,on your website itsaysthese dogswillhave highdrives.Whatdoesthatmean?" I thenexplainthatthisbreedingisrecommendedforexperiencedhandlersbecauseof the high drivesthese dogswill have.The puppywill needtobe workedona dailybasis,andisnot suitable for justa pet. Resource german shepherdpersonal protectiondogs for sale | Police trainedgerman shepherds

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