Why Not to Buy a Puppy Off The Internet

A few reasons not to buy a dog from the internet.

A couple years back, I was going to buy a puppy off the internet. I was looking for a Papillon and there were no breeders around the area where I live. My friend got a puppy off a website so I figured I would give it a try. I immediately began searching for the breed that I wanted. I found two Papillon puppies that I liked and contacted the breeders. I even talked to one on the phone. One was in Missouri and the other was in Arkansas. I went with the dog that I liked more and was going to do a Money Gram through Wal-Mart. I ended up doing it but she never sent me a message back so I never gave her the number. I ended up losing out on $50. So, as you can see that’s one reason not to buy a puppy off the internet. So, let’s look at some of the other reasons why not to buy a puppy off the internet and where else you can find one.

One reason that you shouldn’t get a puppy off the internet is because you don’t know what it’s living conditions are. The person may have nice pictures of the puppy on the couch or something but that could just be a set up. There are many people out there who own puppy mills and will do anything to get the money from the puppies. They don’t care about the health of the puppies. 

Another reason that you don’t want to buy a puppy offline is because it’s hard to trust people out in the world nowadays. You don’t know if the person that you are talking to seriously has a puppy that they are willing to sell. You have no idea where they are getting this puppy from or if the puppy’s parents are allowed to run the house. You don’t really know anything about the person. No matter what they say to you they could be lying. 

So, what other options are there then buying a dog off the internet. The first thing you can do is check the local shelter or go on petfinder.com and see what they have. Sometimes they have dogs that are close to you for adoption. Another thing that you can do is check your local paper or check the puppyfind.com website and look for dogs in your state. Nothing is wrong with looking online, as long as you can see where the person lives and has the puppy. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can wait awhile and then check those places again to see if anything new came. 

If it comes down to it and you absolutely have to buy the dog from a breeder off the internet, then you should ask for a picture of the puppy with that day’s date and your name. You should get their name and phone number too. Also, you shouldn’t just talk to them online. Have them call you or you call them just so you know that they’re legit. Be careful at scammers at all time. Most of them like to say that they are a preacher but they’re currently in Africa and will send the dog to you. This is a scam. Don’t fall for it. Good luck to all those people looking for a new friend.

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