Picking the Right Puppy
Even at a young age a puppy's personality can
stand out: bold and adventurous, cautious and shy, or just plain ornery. No one
is more aware of how the pups are developing than the breeder, who's been
taking care of them. So after picking a reliable kennel, tell them you're
looking for an active dog that's smart and trainable. There are also ways to
judge for yourself. "I would look for interaction: Does one pup play with
toys and bring them to you?" says BFAS's Woodard. "Look for a puppy
that is staying near you, not ignoring you and playing with the other pups."
Paying attention to other dogs means they might be aloof or rambunctious later
in life. Also, some people choose a shy puppy because they look sad and needy,
but those are not qualities you want in an adventure dog. "Shyness can be
genetic, and your best efforts to train this pup to be bold and brave may not
work," she says.