8 Tips for Picking a New Puppy

By on October 4, 2022

There aren’t many things as exciting as bringing a new puppy into the family. Even if it’s just you and a new pup, it’s the start of a beautiful relationship. But before jumping head in, you need to think about some considerations. Breed choice is one of them, along with selecting the dog from the litter or a rescue organization. 

It’s not easy and, at the moment, can feel overwhelming. That’s why being prepared can make the process easier. Here are X tips for picking a new puppy. 

Know The Environment Your Are Bringing Your Dog Into

One of the most important things when bringing a puppy into your life is understanding what kind of pup will fit best. Certain dogs do better adapting to specific environments. Some breeds, such as Vizslas, are known for being active and will want to spend a lot of time with their owner. This won’t work as well for those who have busy work days. 

There are always generalizations that come with breeds. But recent studies have shown that nurture has much more to do with nature. But that doesn’t always apply to factors such as trying to squeeze a Great Dane into a studio apartment in NYC. Sometimes a certain breeder or organization won’t allow you to adopt certain dog breeds based on your living conditions and lifestyles. THey want to make sure the dog goes to a good home too! 

Emotions Aside: Observing Behavior 

When it comes to the moment when you are embraced with a bunch of little tails wagging faster than a windshield wiper on blast, it’s easy to get excited. Sometimes we hear of those special moments when the puppy picked the owner. While it’s a great story, it’s also not a bad idea to take a step back from the action.

This allows you to observe the puppy’s behavior. When you do this, you may be able to notice if one puppy is having a more challenging time listening or maybe seems to have severe anxiety. Or you may notice one plays with others better. This is a great way to get a little insight. 

Pay Less Mind To The Litter Pick or Runt of the Litter

With the above being said, it’s important to come back to the nature vs. nurture question. There have been times when the runt of the littler has been the best dog. Sometimes the litter pick will be priced more or even in rescues we see the dog’s parents making a significant impact. While it may be a good indication of health, it’s not always the end all be all. 

Thinking of Rescues 

With nearly 6.3 companion animals entering U.S. shelters each year it’s heartbreaking to know that nearly only half of them get adopted. Rescuing a dog can be incredibly rewarded, but understandably, some are worried about their health and well-being given their prior circumstances.  

But nonetheless choosing to go with a reputable animal shelter is a great way to bring a new puppy into your family. You may have to consider that breed options are limited and you might find more common dogs such as Yellow Labs and mutts instead of designer mixes. Though more prevalency it’s not out of the question either. 

When picking a rescue make sure to get as much background as you can about your dog so you can be prepared if they have any behavior patterns. 


Regardless of whether you choose to go with a breeder or a rescue organization, it’s vital to get referrals. This is the best way to get an honest and upfront experience from someone who has already picked up a puppy from the place you are considering. 

This is common among neighbors and friends. But even if you don’t have a go-to person to ask, you can always strike up a conversation with someone on the street when you see adorable french bulldog puppies go by.  

Talking With The Owners

It’s never a bad idea to spend time speaking with the owners. They will likely have a Frequently Asked Questions section on their website. If not go ahead and write down all your questions so you can ask them over the phone, email, or in-person. 

Getting to know the owners is a key part to the process. When we see they have dogs of their own and are experienced breeders, it’s easier to feel like the dog is coming from a good background and home. 

Match Making Is OK

Not everyone is famiialr with this process but sometimes a breeder will suggest that they pick the dog out for you. This is because they get to know the families and they know their little ones. Having seed the puppies develop over the last few weeks they may be able to tell whichone is going to get a better fit with children and which doggies are more shy. 

It Is OK If It’s Not Right

While walking away from a situation may feel impossible it is important to do so if it is not right. Sometimes a breeder may not come across right and while you may feel strongly about the dog, it’s important not to give business to breeders that are possibly unethical. 

Or if you suddenly understand that you can’t take on the responsibility of a dog it’s important to walk away. Dogs are a lot of responsibility no matter how energetic or relaxed they are. 

The Big Day

Don’t let the commitment scare you on your big day. If it is well thought out then bringing a new puppy home is going to bring a lot of joy and laughter your way. The tips help you stay calm in an emotionally ecitiable moment. It helps you make the right choice and fit for your lifestyle. 

Especially after speaking with an owner or an organization. They know the pups best and can help you make the right decision and addition to your family. It should be all tail-wagging good times for everyone! 

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