Happiness is Pets | The #1 puppy store in the Chicago area

So, if there aren’t bargain puppies, then what do you getwith a pet store puppy?
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Charm City Puppies wants to change the way you think about puppy stores! We are not your typical pet store. Our adorable puppies romp, play, and socialize in open baby cribs. Our boutique offers toys, treats, clothing and accessories you may not be able to find at most pet shops.
Virtually all of the puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills.
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When people want to buy a dog or buy a puppy from a breeder or pet store, more and more people are first searching their local animal shelter or purebred rescue group to see if there might be a purebred dog or puppy they might like to adopt. In most cases this is a cheaper way to buy a puppy. Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue also saves a life, so if you are looking to find a breeder or visit a pet store, please consider as an option adopting a dog from your animal shelter or rescue organization near you. Myth #2: “But isn’t it a good thing to rescue that puppy from the pet store?”
Photo provided by FlickrA man walked into a North Dallas pet store Monday and stole a Malti-Tzu puppy, police said.
Photo provided by FlickrIn this surveillance video, a 10-week-old Pomeranian puppy is allegedly stolen from a Naperville Petland store on Sept. 4, 2016. (Petland)
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When you buy a small breed puppy from a pet store, there is little chance the puppy will be healthy. Trust me, I made that mistake once, and I won’t make it again.

I fell in love with a tiny toy poodle that cuddled in my arms and melted my heart. He was a silver small toy, gorgeous and looked just perfect. But why did he snuggle so calmly in my arms. He was sick, and I didn’t even know it. I just thought he was calm and loved me.

Was I in for a shock? As I later learned, he may have been from a puppy mill that did not do any genetic testing, did not work or socialization and did not worm or vaccinate in the proper way.

Costly vet bills and almost losing a super sweet puppy taught me that buying that little doggie in the window was not a wise choice.
If you purchase from a professional breeder, you will meet the puppy's parents. Seeing the parents gives you an idea of how your small breed puppy may look fully-grown, and whether they meet the breed standard and what size they may grow to be. You usually see where the puppy was born, the way the breeder treats the puppies, and most importantly, the opportunity to see litter mates interacting.

But when you find the small breed puppy of your dreams in a pet store, you have no such chance. There won’t be any previous information about parents, grandparents or pedigrees.

You may not even know if the dog is purebred or whether it has inherited any genetic diseases. You won’t be able to meet the breeder, ask questions and determine if the breeder is reputable. There won’t be any photos of the puppy’s parents or any idea where the dog originated.

Puppies in one part of the country were likely bred, whelped and reared far from where the pet store is located. The puppy may have been trucked in from thousands of miles away, adding stress and trauma to his already shaky beginnings.
Many pet stores boast a guarantee when they offer small breed puppies for sale. But this guarantee is worth little, especially if you get attached to your puppy, and who doesn’t.

Consider this scenario: a family bonds to a puppy they purchased at the local pet store. The dog gets sick and goes to the vet. The vet determines that the puppy has a disease that can be treated, but treatment is extremely costly the family calls the pet store to complain. The pet store offers to trade the puppy in for a replacement. Sadly, the sick puppy faces euthanasia, and your replacement may not be any stronger than the first.

Most caring puppy owners will not settle for a so called replacement but rather prefer to treat the puppy that has become part of their family. What a sad fate—your beloved pet is to be put to death, and you have a “so called replacement..” Most people would agree that this is not a real solution to the problem.
Small Dog puppies at a pet store have spent the majority of their life in a cage. Their cage is usually completely lined with paper that serves as his bathroom, his dining room, and his bedroom. They are forced to eliminate in the same area that they eat, sleep, and play, which goes against a dog’s nature. When no options are available, these puppies will continue to grow up with these tendencies making potty training hard for a new puppy parent.

Professional breeders often start the housebreaking process for you; teaching puppies to eliminate outside, or on a puppy pad, walk properly on a leash, and stand still to be groomed. But the pet store puppies have no experience with housebreaking, and if they live at the pet store for very long, it will take even longer to undo their bad behaviors.