Where to Get a Dog

Where to Get a Dog

Eric Wickman, Media Staff

Are you looking for a four-legged friend but you just don’t know how or where to get one? Today I will be telling you how to find the right dog for you and where you should go to get one.


You have finally decided that you wanted to get a dog and you don’t know where to look. The first place you should look should be an animal shelter or a rescue group. These places normally have a wide variety of dogs of all sizes, ages, breeds, and personalities that can fit your liking. There are even breed-specific rescue groups for every breed so you could have a better chance at finding the dog you want. These groups try to save as many breeds and dogs that they can every year and find a great home for them.


If you don’t think that getting a puppy from a shelter or rescue group is right for you, you should try and find a dog breeder. Now the biggest thing about finding a dog breeder is that they should be reputable. You may be asking “How do I find a reputable dog breeder”? Some of the ways to find a reputable dog breeder is by asking for referrals from your local veterinarian or trusted friends, or by contacting a breeding club or by visiting a professional dog show. After you have found a reputable breeder they can help get you the dog you want.


One place you should never go for a puppy is a pet store. The biggest thing about buying a puppy from a pet store or a puppy mill is because they often have serious health or psychological problems. A very common illness the pet store puppies is called “Zoonotic disease” which can be spread by other puppies and even humans. People who buy their pets from these stores are often faced with enormous vet bills or even the death of their puppy within weeks or even days of their purchase.


Now that we have talked about where you should get a dog lets help you find the right dog for you. To find the right dog for you, you have to consider some things such as are you willing to take on potential challenges with temperament, grooming needs, and health problems? You also need to make sure that the breed you get can fit in with your family and your lifestyle. You should also make sure that the dog you want will get along with any other pets you have at your house. 


Now there is no way that someone can tell you what dog to pick or where to get one, I hope that this helps on your journey on deciding which dog breed and where to get a dog. Wherever you decide to get your furry little friend make sure they are well cared for, loved, and played with every single day.