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How to Spot and Avoid a Puppy Scam

Looking to buy a new puppy?

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If so, it's important to be aware of puppy scams, which are unfortunately common. With the demand for puppies high and the prevalence of puppy scams on the rise, it is more important than ever to ensure that you are safe when searching for a new pet. Here are some tips to help you avoid puppy scams and stay safe when getting a new pup. Scammers hoping to make a profit may use items like fake paperwork and false claims about breed purity or health in an attempt to lure buyers. Fortunately, with a few simple steps you can take steps to ensure your pup is legitimate.

Do your Research to Avoid Puppy Scams

One of the most important steps you can take before purchasing a puppy is to research the breeder or individual you are buying from. Read reviews and search for testimonials from other customers, and make sure the person or group you’re buying from is a recognised member of their local animal association. Additionally, make sure to confirm that the breeder offers the appropriate paperwork for your puppy (such as registration papers, health certificates, etc.) before making any transactions. We recommend searching Dogs NSW if you're looking for a particular breed. This is an excellent resource featuring accredited  breeders belonging to and abiding by the code of conduct set out by the organisation.

Ask for Puppy Photos

While looking into a new pup, ask the breeder for pictures and videos so you can get a better feel for the puppy. The more photos and videos you have to review, the better a sense you'll have about the puppy's health and well-being. Additionally, it doesn't hurt to double check  the internet for these pictures. many puppy scammers lift images from reputable dog breeders and use them as their own. Fake websites are also out there, always double check with a breed club or with Dogs NSW.

Ask for Health Records for your Puppy

You should ask the seller what types of vaccinations and treatments have been administered and ensure that your pup has had the most up-to-date shots for the breed. Additionally, make sure to ask about deworming and flea treatments as these are important for keeping your new pup healthy. All puppies by law in NSW must be microchipped. If your breeder won't supply these details, try somewhere else.

How to Avoid Puppy Scams When Buying a Pet

Be wary of dealers who are unwilling or unable to provide essential documents like vet records and parental information. Additionally, look for red flags such as pressure to make a fast  purchase or requests for payment via wire transfer services instead of more secure methods.
Ask for customer testimonials from previous owners. Most breeders will have a social media account. Check out any reviews and/or posts from happy pet parents!
Avoid searching online Marketplace style portals. Unfortunately, these were the most common places people were scammed during the Covid-19 Pandemic when buying a puppy.
Follow your instincts, if something doesn't feel right, keep looking!
Ask for parental information such as the age and location of the puppy's parents. Authentic sellers are more than happy to supply this.


Benefits of buying a puppy from a pet shop

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Puppies that the PIAA (Pet Industry Association of Australia) member pet stores sell are sourced from responsible breeders. All the research has been done for you! These breeders must have a vet audit annually that was established by the PIAA. This audit exceeds any regulation by the government.

In addition to this, there is a 7-day 'right home guarantee' to ensure that you and your pup are the right match.

There is a lifetime rehoming guarantee for the life of your new pup, no matter what happens we will ensure that your dog is rehomed if required.

Puppies are sold with a desexing bond, up-to-date  worming treatment, micro-

Puppies with Vet health check

chip, vaccination, and flea control, and have been vet checked.

Knowledgeable staff are on hand 7 days a week to answer any questions you may have.

What Should I do if I Come Across a Puppy Scam?

Understand the risks associated with puppy scams and get advice on how to protect yourself. Australians lost over $634 million to scams in 2019, according to the latest figures in the ACCC's Targeting Scams report! If you believe you have been scammed or notice a shonky site while searching, report this immediately to Scamwatch - Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. Scamwatch features a list of the most recent types of scams and how to recognise and avoid them.


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