|02-20-2014 05:38 PM|
(David OP is talking about buying supplies, toys, crates, collars and such, not the actual puppy)
|02-20-2014 05:33 PM|
For a puppy it's probably best to go new just to be safe.
But .... for adult vaccinated dogs A) I've seen 50% cost of new for large crates that looked barely used just the other day on Facebook local pet page no shipping (it's local and no sales tax). you go pick it up clean it and viola. B) **Adult** dogs are going to be challenged by many different viruses/bugs if they go to dog day care, dog parks, petsmart, and aforementioned bite sport equipment. so I don't think worries about something that can be sanitized presenting a danger to an adult dog is valid.
Last week there were two large outdoor dog pens with igloo dog houses for sale on FB, pretty pricey to ship that kind of thing. They were snapped up really fast because the price was good, they could be picked up locally and people are on tight budgets these days.
My point is, generally speaking, that craigslist/FB which are local are a good resource as well for those 'durable' type items. For adult vaccinated dogs they present no more danger then taking your dog to petsmart or a park.
|02-20-2014 05:08 PM|
First of all classify all breeders for yourself:
d) Puppy mills. They are the worst, they sell through pet-store sites;
Hobby breeders. Never trust them, especially about health;
c) Individual professional breeders. Many want to satisfy the society need to have "friendly dogs" in public and for families with small children. Such a requirement contradicts GSD standards in many ways, GSD is not a dog for everybody. Show line breeders ignore breeding GSD for intellect, don't expect much in training, only small number of professional individual breeders work for all - intellect, temperament and health;
b) Schutzhund club individual programme breeders. Their work is combined with other Schutzhund clubs in other countries, their main task is to sustain GSD highest standards, also the breeders for specific GSD qualities:German Shepherd Breeders ;
a) Minesterial professional breeders:Purchasing information - Royal Canadian Mounted Police
|02-20-2014 04:53 PM|
Very true about the sanitizing...but I've seen too many people selling crates for the amount they go for on eBay. They buy a 42 inch crate at Petsmart for $120 and think they're giving you a deal when they're selling it for $60. I bought mine brand new on eBay for $50.
Rather have a new one that try to sanitize.
|02-20-2014 04:38 PM|
With puppies it's more of a concern. I see people selling used sleeves and bite suits which are a heck uva a lot harder to sanitize then hard metal or plastic and have had many dogs chewing on them.....
|02-20-2014 11:29 AM|
eBay has the cheapest crates and they're just as good of quality as the Midwest ones you'll find at your local box store. You can also pick from a variety of sizes as although there are standard lengths of 32, 36, 40, 48, they vary a little in height and width. You can find something that will fit better if you need to put it in a certain space.
I'm usually cautious about buying stuff for my dog off Craigslist because you never know what happened to the other person's dog. Things like parvo and other diseases tend to live on things for a while so its not worth it for me to save $20 for something like a crate. I will say that I'll buy pretty much anything else off of craigslist...
|02-20-2014 11:18 AM|
So neat!!, the nom nom sushi looks better made tho
|02-20-2014 11:09 AM|
For collars pet smart has a pretty cool Marvel comic line, like the hulk and batman and who doesnt love an iron man collar??? lol
Also, etsy has a funny farm boutique shop, i like the collars they have, very cool "nom nom sushi" is my fave!
|02-20-2014 11:06 AM|
|Galathiel||I use Amazon a lot because of free shipping. I have the pup's food autoshipped from Chewy and have been happy with that arrangement so far.|
|02-20-2014 10:25 AM|
You can post a wanted ad on Freecycle. I get gardening supplies that way. We get meds and big ticket items like beds from Drs. Foster & Smith because you want them to last. Geartrade.com often has specialty dog stuff for outdoor sports.
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