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Feeling nervous?(5 Posts)
Have been thinking about getting a dog for a long time. We have looked around the local rescue centre but they are mainly lurchers, greyhounds and staffies which my dh
is slightly allergic to.
A friend has a labradoodle which he seems fine with but we do not want to go down the puppy route as I gather it is difficult to tell what type of coat it will have until it's older and naturally we would need a curly coat.
We have seen an advert on pets4home ( a reputable site I believe unless I am told otherwise ) which has a 2 year old for sale due to family reasons which seem valid and we have exchanged a few emails in which I have asked about background, temperament etc. He is chipped, neutered, vaccinated etc.
What other sort of questions should I be asking before we make the long trip to go and see him? I just feel a bit nervous for some reason as it is a big decision.
What are the reasons? Unless you know them personally and have seen the dog for months before I wouldn't believe a thing they say. A 2 year old labradoodle could be well into their stubborn stage and if they haven't bothered training (toilet, obedience, recall amongst others) could be a bit of a handful. Lots of dogs get rehomed around this age because they are no longer a puppy anymore and they have no time for them. You might be lucky and they are genuine but then why are they not rehoming through a charity that vets and supports new owners.
By the way pets4homes is a website much like eBay for buying or selling.
I would not agree that Pets4homes is a reputable site. Personally I would avoid buying an animal this way.
As you do not want a puppy the rescue would be a better route to try
I would start with the Doodle Trust and they can direct you to more local doodle rescues Doodle Trust
Thank you. I think my gut feeling was telling me this anyway which is why I was feeling nervous rather than excited.
Will investigate the Doodle Trust.
I think I would only rehome privately if I knew the person and dog very well and therefore was fully prepared for any financial (vet) or behavioural issues.
I think you are right to look elsewhere.