Are you considering getting a puppy?
Getting a new puppy is a big commitment!
You’ll want to be sure you puppy comes from a responsible breeder and not a backyard breeder or puppy mill. To understand the difference and what to look for in a good breeder, go to this page from Humane Canada.
Your puppy should be a minimum of 8 weeks old when he goes to his new home. If puppies are removed from their mother and littermates younger than that, there is a higher long-term risk of aggression. If purchasing a purebred puppy, be aware that it is illegal to sell and advertise purebred puppies without pedigree papers, and it is illegal to ask you to pay extra for the registration. (For Canadian Kennel Club registered dogs).
When you’re planning for a new puppy, make sure to plan for puppy classes. You can find member trainers in your area who have agreed to abide by our strict Code of Ethics and are required to take continuing education each year to ensure they know the latest and safest training methods for you and your new addition. Canadian veterinarians recommend this type of humane positive reinforcement training.
You will want to plan to attend puppy class the week after you get your puppy home. It is no longer recommended you wait until you pup has completed all their shots! See this veterinarians who recommend puppy socialization NOT quarantine until vaccines are complete!
Here is some additional information you might find useful:
How do I socialize my puppy despite coronavirus? – Our member trainer describes the process.
Online Interview – CBC’s Island Morning monthly feature with Dr. Marti Hopson, PEI Veterinary Medical Association.
What Kind of Training Methods to Use? Choosing a Humane Hierarchy for Training – Using The Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) Approach
Parents - Kids and Dogs:
The biggest dog bite risk to children is to male children under the age of 10 by the family dog, in the family home. It’s important that you learn how to prevent bites by your new puppy (and handle the expected and normal puppy nipping). In addition to what you learn at puppy class, the resources below may be helpful.
Keys to Supervising Kids and Dogs – Robin Bennett
Teaching Children About Dog Safety – APDT U.S.