About Our Puppies
Come in and play. Fall in Love. Have fun and relax, knowing we are always here for you. The Pet Shop is your local family owned and operated pet shop for over 48 years. We believe the human bond between humans and animals is a remarkable gift. That’s why we have been dedicated to matching 1000’s of families with the right pets since day one.
All Pet Shop puppies are bred as companion pets and are not meant to be used for specialty functions such as breeding, showing, guarding, or hunting.
Where do we get our puppies?
Most animal rights/welfare organizations apply the term “puppy mill” (sub-standard kennel) in association with pet stores. This is a non legal inflammatory term developed solely by these organizations. Unfortunately, most people are unsure of the difference between a “puppy mill” and a regulated professional breeder. A regulated professional breeder, is licensed and inspected by the federal government and must follow specific guidelines as it relates to care, nutrition, exercise, housing, and more. They are also subject to unannounced inspections by the USDA.
A puppy mill is not regulated or inspected by the federal government. There is NO oversight whatsoever. These are the facilities seen in the animal welfare adds on TV soliciting for donations.
The Pet Shop purchases its puppies from USDA federally regulated, licensed, inspected and approved breeders in the U.S. These breeders may also have been inspected by state licensing bureaus with veterinarian oversight. We may also purchase from private “hobby breeders” who may have a litter of puppies at home that they wish to sell. Our purchasing priority is from breeders who are certified under the “Canine Certified Care” program developed by the Purdue University College of VeterinaryMedicine. Please read more about this ground breaking breeder education and standards program under “Our Puppy Pledge”
Our Puppy Pledge
Ending Inhumane puppy breeding & puppy mills
The Pet Shop is committed to ending puppy mills (sub-standard breeders). Primary to this is establishing universal standards for animal welfare that ensure breeders are putting their puppies health and welfare above all else. The Pet Shop is a supporterand participant in the ground breaking development of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine “Canine Certified Care” program that goes well beyond existing state and federal standards. It is the gold standard for animal welfare with over 100 kennels now certified. The Pet Shop’s priority purchasing comes from these kennels.
Canine Certified Care
The Canine Certified Care program sets rigorous, science based, expert reviewed standards for
breeders. The program includes guidelines for raising, socializing, and caring for puppies to
ensure they are as happy and healthy as possible before arriving at their forever homes. It
measures physical health, well being, behavior, lighting, flooring, exercising, and overall quality of life for dogs and puppies raised by professional breeders.
Our Promise to you
Buying a puppy can be the most joyful experience of your life. That’s why our puppies meet the following standards:
- We feed high quality food
- We weigh and take our puppies temperature regularly
- our puppies are socialized with adults and children as well as their playmates
- All of our Pet Shop puppies receive all required vaccinations and worming treatments during their stay with us.
- All Pet Shop puppies come with a comprehensive health, hereditary, and life warranty.
- The Pet Shop has dedicated and trained kennel technicians whose only job is to ensure that all kennels follow a thorough daily maintenance and health schedule.
- All Pet Shop Pet Counselors have been trained and tested on all aspects of puppy ownership and are able to help customers with any questions they may have about their new puppy.
- All Pet Shop puppies are treated with compassion and respect by all of our team members who love working with our pets.
- All Pet Shop puppies receive the appropriate amount of daily exercise as per our veterinarians certified exercise plan.
- All Pet Shop puppies are bred as companion pets and are not meant to be used for specialty functions such as breeding, showing, guarding, or hunting.
- The Pet Shop offers a return policy if the puppy is not right for you.
- The Pet Shop also offers re-homing assistance should that ever be necessary in the future.
We Believe Partnering With Professional Breeders The Best Source
There are 5 sources to acquire a puppy: Professional Breeders, Hobby Breeders, Show Breeders, Internet, Shelters and Rescues. There are many good points about all these sources and each individual family’s interests are different. We believe that for a family pet that can be enjoyed as a puppy and brought up with the family that the professional breeders are the ones who can offer the support and expertise in all critical areas. In many cases we have selected puppies from some of our breeders for over 20 years so both you and we know exactly who they are and the protocols that they have used to have been so successful in breeding beautiful and healthy puppies.
Do you want a large dog like a Golden Retriever, Lab, or Boxer or a smaller variety like a Yorkshire Terrier or Shih-Tzu. Would you like a family playmate like a Miniature Pinscher or Pug? How about a watchdog like a Rottweiler, German Shepherd, or Doberman Pinscher? Maybe a hunting dog like a Bloodhound?
Dogs have different exercise levels and needs. Working dogs, like Weimeraners and Australian Cattle Dogs (Blue Heelers) need plenty of exercise and room to run. They are best suited to rural and suburban homes with fenced in back yards or nearby dog parks. If you live in the city or an apartment then the toy or small breeds like Poodles or Yorkies are a good fit. These dogs can even be paper trained and do not need a large areas for exercise. However, every dog needs daily exercise for its own health and happiness.
Do you have an active lifestyle and on the “go” a lot? Do you like to run or hike? If so then a working dog like a Boxer or Labrador Retriever would be a good companion for you. Do you like to be at home a lot and read or watch movies and TV? Then a small or toy breed dog like a Maltese or Pekingese would be a good choice to snuggle up with and watch that movie.
All dogs need some form of grooming or brushing. Long coated and double coated dogs, like Pomeranians and Shetland Sheepdogs tend to shed more than other breeds. Dogs with these types of coats need regular brushing to help prevent tufts of fur landing all over the carpet and also help keep the dogs fur from “matting.” Wire-hair dogs, like cairn Terriers, West Highland Terriers, and Brussels Griffons need brushing to remove dead hair. Some breeds, like Bichons and Shih-Tzus require almost no brushing because they are non-shedding breeds.
If young, then some of the small breeds like Chihuahuas and Toy Poodles may not be right for you. These small dogs are not accustomed to the rough and tumble play that smaller children like to have. There are several small breeds that do work well with younger children however and are very strong and “sturdy” dogs, like Miniature Pinscher, Bichon and Rat Terriers.
If so, then several non-shedding, hypo-allergenic dogs would be recommended. These breeds have hair rather than fur and eliminate the dander that can cause allergic reactions. Breeds such as Bichon, Yorkshire Terriers, Shih-Tzu, Maltese, and Coton de Tulear fall into this category.
Would you like a dog that forms a strong bond with you and your family? If so, most breeds fall into this category especially breeds like Dachshunds or Morkies. Are you looking for a strong independent dog like a Siberian Husky or Weimeraner? Some dogs like Basset Hounds and Beagles follow their noses and occasionally be oblivious to humans. Other breeds love to be the center of attention and have affection lavished upon them like Chihuahuas, Yorkies, and Maltese.
Questions to ask yourself?
When purchasing a puppy you are not just getting a new pet. You are choosing a loyal companion and I lifelong friend. There is a puppy for almost every lifestyle. We select puppies from more than 60 breeds and varieties from registered Chihuahuas to Saint Bernards as well as cross purebred puppies such as Puggles, Morkies, and Teddy Bears. With the quantity of available breeds, choosing the right one is a fun but important task. We hope that the following questions will help you determine the right one for you.