Choosing a puppy with care - food for thought

As with any purchase it is important that you weigh the pros and cons of your decision regarding getting a puppy.  A puppy is a lifelong commitment and a decision to get one shouldn’t be taken lightly.  There are far too many dogs being taken to animal control facilities that are either dropped off because the dog was not quite what the owner thought it would be or it got bigger than the owner thought it would, or the owner decided he or she didn’t want it anymore.  It is not my desire to add to that population.  These are special dogs for special people who plan to own these dogs until they pass away.  Puppies are cute when they are small but they grow to be big dogs and, if not properly trained, can be destructive.  With any breed, educate yourself on the breeds represented in the dog you are looking to purchase.  A good source is www.dogbreedinfo.com; there, you will find information on the temperaments of a variety of dogs.  Check out each breed represented in the dog of your choice before deciding on a puppy.  It’s usually a good balance of the characteristics of all the breeds but if you have any questions or concerns, it is best to contact the breeder directly either by e-mail or phone, as he or she knows their animals best and can help educate and answer any questions you may have.

Please take time to determine what your wants and desires are in a dog before you make a decision. Determine who will be the main caretaker of the dog, if not you.  Make sure that person is in agreement and is willing to take on the responsibility of the care and training as well. This can alleviate many of the second thoughts that can arise from a spontaneous or quick decision.  Puppies do grow up to be big dogs.  They will not stay those small, cute fur-balls forever, so keep this in mind when deciding what breed to buy.

My goal is to find forever homes for the puppies with people who want a dog for life or who have special needs for a dog who is hypoallergenic.  NO DOG OR PUPPY, WHETHER MINE OR SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOULD EVER BE CONSIDERED AS A DISPOSIBLE ITEM, EVER!  Please don’t purchase a dog from any breeder if you are not fully committed to raising, training, caring, enduring the puppy stage and housing it for its entire life.  Obviously Indian Valley Kennels understands that sometimes living situations change and life happens.  We will do what we can to help you find a new home for your dog/pup should that happen. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.  As you can tell I have very strong feelings about my dogs and want all who are considering the purchase of a puppy from me to take the responsibility seriously and think it through.  It is my desire to provide healthy, happy dogs with great temperaments that will provide a lifetime of love and laughter to their new family pack.

If you would like to visit the kennels, please call or email me to schedule an appointment. If, after your research, you decide this is not the dog for you may God bless you as you search for the perfect dog.

Carla Ferrier, Owner/Breeder
Indian Valley Kennels
540-352-8504