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You're browsing through some Buy/Sell pages on Facebook, or maybe you're enjoying a few moments on Kijiji, hoping to find a special gem at a great price. 
If you're looking for electronics or a used car you're probably in the right place. 
But please do some research before picking out a puppy (after all, you would research the purchase of a used car right?!!!)

As the holidays are fast approaching I have seen an increase in online ads for puppies that will be "Ready for Christmas". 

Here's what you need to ask yourself...
- Is this an impulse purchase?
- Will this breed suit my lifestyle? (a border collie won't enjoy your couch potato weekends)
- Am I considering a puppy for my children? 
- Are they old enough to help with training, feeding, and cleaning up? 
- Can I reasonably expect my 10 year old to take our Mastiff X out for a walk alone when it's -30? - Are you prepared to housetrain a puppy in 30?

Here's what you need to ask the breeder...
At what age will the puppies be ready? http://tinyurl.com/aptbelv
Just because puppies are weaned and eating solid food doesn't mean they are ready to leave their litter. Puppies should stay with their litter until 8-12 weeks old.
- Can you meet both parents? (you should be able to at least meet the mother)
- Do the parents display shy, fearful, or aggressive behaviour?
- How long has the breeder been breeding? 
- Does the blood line have a history of any joint problems or other genetic diseases? (almost all breeds have certain disorders they are prone to. If you are told that X breed has no genetic disorders.. walk away)

This is just a small sample of questions that need to be asked. Keystone Training can help you choose a breed best suited for your life style and can help you choose a reputable rescue or responsible breeder.
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Myth: Parvovirus is a spring/summer disease Fact: Dogs (puppies have a significantly higher risk) can contract Parvo at any time of the year. Vaccination is key for this devastating and deadly disease!
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2016 has been a warm year so far in Saskatchewan. Did you know that ticks begin looking for a blood meal as soon as outdoor temperatures reach 4ºC. The time to talk to your vet about tick prevention medications is now.
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We upped the challenge of the food maze by adding a Zig-n-Zag ball to the top layer. We love this toy because it rolls unpredictably! She likes playing with the ball in the maze but gets easily distracted when the kibbles drop down!
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This is Cita's first encounter with her new enrichment feeding puzzle! She worked her brain so hard that she had to go have a nap right after this video was taken!
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Have the It's-Cold-And-Icy-Outside blues? Check out these games to keep you and your furry friends from getting cabin fever! 
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