Things to consider before you get a dog

Potential owners are encouraged to check around when choosing a dog breeder or when looking for a new puppy. Any reputable breeder should be willing to show you hard copies of all heath and hip testing records, as well as provide a copy when you take the dog home.

 

Potential owners should try to visit with the puppies’ parents if at all possible. If both parents are not on the premises, request information about contacting the owner of the absent parent so the dog may be visited.

 

We advise all potential dog owners to “do their homework”! Get some information on the dog breeder you are buying from, read up on the dog breed you are interested in and learn about them enough to be able to know when you should be satisfied and when you should walk away. Good breeders do not speak badly of other breeders just to convince someone to buy a pup.

 

For anyone considering buying a pet store or “puppy mill” pet, we advise you to see this web site clip before making your purchase. We do warn you that you may be disturbed by what you learn, and we advise for anyone looking for a pet to choose only responsible breeders.

A reminder to pet owners, old and new

 

We believe pets are not “things” that we own to do with as we please. Whether a dog, cat, horse, bird, fish or gerbil, pets are living beings that have come into our lives because we decided to put them there. Whether a stray, an old pet needing a new home, or one wemaking a safe dog have purchased, every animal in our life is there because of our own actions. We need to treat them like living beings with feelings and needs and joys and fears.

 

Our dogs need — every dog needs — attention and exercise beyond being let in and out of the house or apartment to go to the bathroom. Exercise is necessary for a dog’s physical and mental well-being. Their bodies are made for and require a certain amount of activity, and because dogs think and solve problems (just watch them figure out how to open the food storage door!) they need external stimulus to keep them mentally fit and alert.

 

A “bad dog” almost always is a bored dog and/or one that needs proper training. Training around other dogs and a variety of people is necessary for socialization; a well-socialized dog is the safest dog. If a dog does not learn to behave well around other animals and people by the time they are four to six months old, they develop a tendency to be timid and fearful of strange situations and may become biters.

 

On the other hand, unsocialized dogs may also be the ones that disobey, because they are so anxious to get into a new situation. But again, the fearfulness is there, so the danger is there. (As incentive to promote the best relationship possible between dogs, owner/families and their community, any owner whose AAKS dog achieves AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program certification will receive a $50.00 check from us.)

Honesty with yourself is the first step when deciding to own a dog. If you, as a prospective owner, can not honestly say you will have time and will give time for proper exercise, affection, grooming, socialization, and training of a dog, then you will not be a happy dog owner and your dog will not be happy being owned by you. When there is any doubt about getting a dog, don’t.

 

If you are interested in our King Shepherds, please visit this page for more information. (Pups may be listed from $800 to $1,200 USD or more depending on the pup and/or litter.)

 

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