How much is that doggie in the window?
“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.”