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The first step in training your puppy is finding the best fit puppy for your lifestyle!

There have been a number of really great pieces on breeders in the past few months. I just wanted to post the links to some of these excellent blogs here and a few notes of my own.

 Patricia McConnell posted a couple of wonderful blogs on breeders and rescues here:  http://www.theotherendoftheleash.com/breeders-versus-rescues/ and http://www.theotherendoftheleash.com/could-breeders-and-shelters-work-together/.   You might also take a look at some of her other posts dealing with her new puppy and the puppy she returned to the breeder.

 A few recent Examiner articles have also recently dealt with ways you can tell if you’re dealing with a reputable breeder and what you should expect from the breeder when choosing a puppy from him or her: http://www.examiner.com/x-32013-Macon-Dog-Care-Examiner~y2010m1d7-Backyard-breeders-or-reputable-breeders and http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-31922-Portland-Dog-Training-Examiner~y2010m4d9-Raising-expectations-of-puppy-breeders    .

There’s also this great article on Dog Star Daily: http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/how-select-good-breeder discussing some things you can expect from a good breeder.

These articles are all excellent, very valuable resources to assist you when choosing a puppy.  As the Examiner article by Erika Wisan mentions, one of the most important (and too often overlooked) things to take into consideration when choosing a puppy are health certifications. Make sure you do thorough research on your chosen breed’s common health certifications and look for breeders who do those tests when looking for a puppy. A quick internet search with your desired breed and the words “health clearances” will get you started. Once you’re familiar with the types of clearances that are common for your chosen breed, visit websites like the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals website at http://www.offa.org/ and the Canine Health Information Center at http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/search.html . You can do a search by breed on these sites to see which individuals of that breed have which certifications. This will help you find breeders you’d want to get in touch with about perhaps getting a puppy form them. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals website also lists some data from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation.  Be sure to thoroughly research each type of certification so you can understand what the certification results mean.  The “Disease Information” link on the left on http://www.offa.org/ explains what the disease or condition is, how the tests for the disease are performed, goes over what the results of a test associated with a particular disease is and shows examples of what each OFA report looks like.

These databases are extremely valuable and important tools to utilize in your search for that special addition to your family.  A little extra research can go a long way!

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