Dog Blog Q&A: Choosing A Dog
Question: My wife and I are in the market for a small dog. We both work from 7:30 to 3:30, and therefore would like to keep the dog inside. After a lot of information on the Internet, we like the West Highland White Terrier. Do you have any suggestions on choosing a dog? If we get a dog does your service house train dogs?
Answer: Yes, House Training is a major part of my programs.
When selecting your dog, you should look around and interview as many breeders as possible to get a feel for what you should really be hearing. You can talk to breeders of any breed to educate yourself about the process. I have trained countless Westies here in Dallas and I find them to be delightful. Occasionally I see one that is very dominate and even aggressive.
Always ask for a written return policy on temperament and health. If the breeder cannot stand behind his pups, you should just move on. AKC puppy papers are delivered with the pup. Try to select your puppy at about 6 weeks of age and insist the breeder keep it for at least 2 more weeks.
Take your new pup to a Vet within 48 hours to insure you are getting a healthy dog and to begin it’s vaccination schedule.