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. This information could be applied to any person buying a puppy, but this article is intended for working puppies. The article has been laid out in 4 step approach. Some of the steps may seem like common sense, but much time needs to be applied to each step for a desirable outcome. poodle puppy breeders calhan colorado
Buying a puppy is a much bigger risk, then buying an adult. A puppy may not end up making a good prospect, or might end up having bad hips. When you buy an adult there are fewer unknowns.
I would like to debunk some common myths regarding choosing a puppy over an adult. This is not to say one is better over the other, but to give you some insight to common myths. I believe because of these myths many people buy puppies, when adults might be a much better choice.
An adult will not bond with me like a puppy.
This is one of the biggest myths of dog ownership. Some of the best dogs that have come into our working dog program were brought in as adults. Adult dogs can develop just as strong of a bond with you, and sometimes even more so than a puppy.
We purchased a 7 year-old, imported German Shepherd that had been placed in several homes. The moment she arrived home an instant bond was developed with my wife. The dog is now 9 and to this day the dog will literally not leave her side. We joke and say this dogs acts as though she raised her as a puppy.
If I raise the puppy, it won’t have behavior problems that might come with an adult.
If this was the case we would not have the need to train dogs. No dog is going to be perfect. Whether it was raised as a puppy, or bought as an adult, each dog has its own set of problems.
Many adults have been raised from a puppy in more controlled environments, then the average family household. When a puppy is being held back by us for personal protection, police K9, or sport work, it is not allowed to do whatever it wants. When the dog is here, it is being taught a job, or is performing a certain task that will be used as an adult. Most households are not structured enough to follow through with this kind of training.
So, do you still think a puppy is right for you? Read on.
Pick a suitable breed.
People ask me all the time, what makes a good working puppy and what should I be looking for in a puppy. The answer depends on what the dog is going to be used for and you also need to see that the dog’s characteristic match the owner’s activity level.
Ask yourself this question. What end result do I want out of this dog? Repeat this question again and again until you can clearly define what the purpose or job this dog is to perform. This may not seem very important to a lot of people, but this will save you a lot of energy, time, and money.