|Barked: Wed Apr 3, '13 1:44pm PST |
|Have you considered adopting a Doberman? Rescued dogs usually cost much less than dogs from a breeder, and you will be saving a life. I got my doberman mix from a local animal shelter and she only costed $150.00. If you get a dog from a breeder, the price could be at least $400.00. Also, shelters are usually much more reputable than breeders. If you aren't sure, go on petfinder.com. They list local animal shelters.
But, no matter where you get a dog, ask these questions the the seller:
Is the dog house trained?
Has the dog had obedience training?
Why are you selling the dog? (If buying from someone who needs to re-home their dog ex. A breeder selling a retired, adult dog)
1. What is the dog's age?
2. What is the dog's height?
3. Does he have any behavioral problems?
4. Is he good with cats?
5. Is he good with other dogs?
6. Does he like children?
7. Can he be trusted off-leash?
8. Does he have any fears/phobias?
9. If so, what are they?
10. Is he leash trained?
11. Can he be crated?
12. Why was this dog given up? Or Why is this animal at the shelter? ( if adopting)
13. Is the dog spayed/ neutered?
14. Has the dog been debarked?
15. Does he have any injuries/illnesses?
16. If so, what are they?
17. How can they be treated? Or Can they be treated?
18. Does he have any allergies?
19. If so, what are they?
20. What kind of food is he being fed?
21. Where can you get it?
22. May I please see the ingredients in it? Or What are the ingredients in it?
23. Does he have any dewclaws?
If the breeder or shelter does not know any of these, then do not buy a dog from them. I repeat, do not buy a dog from them. They may be scamming you. Or they may sell you a sick dog. Also NEVER buy a dog online. Someone may be scamming you or sell you a sick dog. Always:
Check out the area where the dogs are kept.
Meet the puppy's mother and father. (If buying from a breeder) See if they have friendly, social temperaments.
See what the dogs are fed. If anything concerns you,
See the dog and how it reacts to various situations. Ex. Children running, cars, other dogs, cats.
Get a fake hand and pet the dog with it while he is eating. If the dog growls, its ears go back, it's hair puffs up or it bites you, he may have a food guarding issue.
If any of these are undesirable, don't buy a dog from there.
Walk the dog. If he pulls, then you may have a problem.
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