How much is that dog­gie in the win­dow?

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - News - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

“CAN I have a dog please?” Any par­ent who has heard this plea will usu­ally be torn be­tween want­ing to ap­pease their child and the harsh re­al­i­ties of say­ing “yes”.

Agree­ing could po­ten­tially mean that once the nov­elty wears off par­ents will be left to look af­ter the dog.

This in it­self is no easy feat given the av­er­age life span of a dog is 12 years. So it’s a sig­nif­i­cant com­mit­ment.

How­ever, for those par­ents ready to take up the chal­lenge, you need look no fur­ther than the Week­end Shop­per.

The Shop­per of­fers a vast ar­ray of pups and dogs for sale rang­ing from free­bies through to pure­bred Huskies.

There are plenty of give­away pup­pies and dogs for shop­pers who are looking for bar­gains. Or, if it’s a pure­bred you’re af­ter, there are plenty on of­fer.

Bur there are a few things new dog own­ers need to know. Bris­bane City Coun­cil now re­quires ev­ery dog owner to reg­is­ter their dogs. The fees are $87.50 for the ‘en­tire dog’, $37 for a de­sexed dog or if it’s a guide, hear­ing or as­sis­tance dog, regis­tra­tion is free.

Puppy Palace Pet shop owner Bridgit Kol­era has been in the in­dus­try for more than 15 years and is the largest spe­cial­ist puppy re­tailer in Aus­tralia.

Ms Kol­era sells pup­pies and ac­ces­sories from her busi­ness in Pick­er­ing Street, Enog­gera, and has some sound ad­vice for new dog own­ers. She said there was no point in any­one buy­ing a puppy un­less they were com­mit­ted to train­ing it.

“When we get cus­tomers in here who are looking for a puppy we ask them a host of ques­tions to es­tab­lish whether they are ready to own a puppy,” she said.

“If they are, one of the things we ad­vise is that they take their puppy to puppy preschool,. If you are go­ing to have a dog you need to know how to train it. It’s good for their so­cial­i­sa­tion and for you to get to know your dog.

“Pup­pies that aren’t trained be­come naughty and then fam­i­lies get rid of them. But the puppy isn’t re­ally naughty it’s just un­trained.

“Peo­ple who are se­ri­ous about own­ing a puppy need to com­mit to train­ing it.”

Train­ing takes be­tween four to eight weeks and there is also ad­vanced train­ing for those who want to take the next step.

Ms Kol­era’s ad­vice to peo­ple who are ob­tain­ing a dog that’s be­ing given away or sold out of the pa­per is to test the dog’s tem­per­a­ment.

“We only sell pup­pies here. I send peo­ple who are looking for older dogs to the RSPCA be­cause they do tem­per­a­ment test­ing there,” she said.

“If I was get­ting a dog from some­one I’d give it a bone test. I’d go to the seller’s house and see how the dog re­acted when I gave it a bone and put my hand near its feed bowl. If it growls, it’s ag­gres­sive, which means it would be hard to train.

“And it’s prob­a­bly not a dog you want around young chil­dren. You need to know how it’s been raised.”

Ms Kol­era is happy to help out any new dog own­ers with in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion about pup­pies. The Puppy Palace Pet shop sells pup­pies to peo­ple all over Aus­tralia and pro­vides a vast range of dog ac­ces­sories and dog food.

“I don’t care if peo­ple don’t buy their pup­pies from me. We are happy to pro­vide them with in­for­ma­tion on worm­ing, vac­ci­na­tions and feed­ing,” she said.

“We also have a very big range of ac­ces­sories here; ev­ery­thing from playpens to puppy cloth­ing and ken­nels.”

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