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Christie Strawser Instructor, Eve Jones 3/11/08 Research Paper Puppy Love “Choosing a dog to bring home may be the only chance you have to pick a relative, so choose wisely” (Hodgson 8)! At one time or another most children will beg their parents for a puppy. The typical response is that it is too much responsibility for a child to handle. The child will cry and promise to take care of it. Sometimes parents give in, sometimes they know better. This decision comes down to whether or not the parent is willing to take care of the puppy when or if the child becomes uninterested. There are many things to carefully consider when choosing to be a responsible puppy owner who keeps the puppy’s best interests in mind. You’ve given in. You decide a puppy will be a wonderful addition to your family, and maybe even teach the kiddos some responsibility. There are several options as far as choosing where to get your puppy. The most common choices are reputable breeders, home breeders, shelters and pet stores. Calmer puppies come from an environment that isn’t stressful, such as a home or reputable breeding kennel. Some that have been abruptly separated from their litter, or have been neglected of human contact, transported, or kenneled alone will inevitably experience high levels of stress (Hodgson 52). This stress can have a much greater impact on a puppy’s behavior during the first weeks of life because the brain is not fully developed until twelve weeks of age (Hodgson 52). When considering the various options open to you, be mindful of what you’re getting into. Some puppies that are stressed at an early age mellow out and develop a high tolerance for chaos - making them ideal for chaotic, unstructured homes. Other dogs can’t handle the stress and may react badly when their routine is interrupted (Hodgson 52). A dog breeder raises, sells and often participates in dog shows, focusing on a specific breed. Top breeders take great caution to raise dogs with superb genetic backgrounds and temperaments. Things to take into consideration when purchasing from a breeder are genetic
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Strawser defects, which are passed down from parent to pup and can cause many different types of congenital defects including hip dysplasia and heart murmurs (Hodgson 52). Line breeding is another downfall to purchasing from a Pure bred breeder. Line breeding happens when the breeders of a show dog try to “create” puppies that will grow to fit the specified breed standard. This becomes an issue when beautiful dogs who are closely related are bred creating puppies who are a “neurological mess or totally spacey” (Hodgson 52). Home breeders are typically owners who didn’t have their dogs spayed or neutered which results in an accidental pregnancy. Sometimes families decide to breed their dog as a learning experience or maybe even so their dog can experience the birthing process. The most common downfall with home breeders is that they give the puppies away too young. 8 weeks is how long
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This note was uploaded on 08/04/2009 for the course MKTG 101 taught by Professor Dr.jones during the Spring '09 term at Lindenwood.

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