Taking your dog to a vet for the first time

by Mark James on June 14, 2012

Going to the vets may be the first journey that you undertake with your new pet and it can often be a traumatic trip for your dog. Puppies can be a bit nervous and fearful when taken to (more…)

Preparing for a puppy

by Mark James on May 26, 2012

Although everyone is aware of the saying ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’, this does not mean that a puppy does not make a good present for a child. As long as you have thought long and hard about (more…)

Playing safely with your puppy

by Darren Jamieson on May 22, 2012

You are likely to find your new puppy irresistible and spend a lot of time in the first few weeks of bringing him home playing with, spoiling and entertaining him. However, you should be careful when you are playing with your new puppy that (more…)

Grooming a puppy

by Leanne Thompson on May 20, 2012

Grooming a fidgeting and wriggling puppy can be a bit of a challenge, although it is essential that you keep on top of this to ensure that your little puppy stays healthy, free from infections and is comfortable in his fur. However, learning how to do this can be very difficult, particularly if (more…)

Caring for a puppy

by Leanne Thompson on May 12, 2012

Your defenceless little puppy will, much like a baby, depend on you entirely for the best care possible during the early days within your home. There are some tips that you can keep in mind to ensure that your little puppy stays safe and you are (more…)

Caring for a new born puppy litter

by Leanne Thompson on March 11, 2012

If your dog is due to have puppies then there are some preparations that you will need to make before they arrive. A litter of puppies is a big job for your dog to cope with and although it will come naturally, there is no harm in you planning for the arrival of the litter to help her along. Getting advice from a vet about the care that you should give new born puppies, as well as any specific tips for certain breeds, is always a good idea. The main thing is that the puppies have a healthy delivery and that they and their mother are cared for in a safe and healthy home.

Cleanliness in your home is essential. If the mother and her puppies are sleeping in a basket, ensure that (more…)

Be armed for puppy training

by Leanne Thompson on March 5, 2012

When your new puppy has had time to settle into your home you will want to think about teaching him or her how best to behave. If you are going to train your puppy, you need to be armed with some tools to help you out.

A good collar that is comfortable and adjustable is essential so that you can attach a dog leash for training, and also so that your dog will be identifiable should he run off when you are outside. The collar should not be too tight, so that it isn’t in danger of choking your puppy. To train your puppy, you will need a dog lead. This can help you even in the home, when you want to lead your puppy to where you (more…)

Puppy-proof your home

by Vivien Richardson on February 22, 2012

The first few weeks of a new puppy’s life are all about socialisation and exploring and no doubt your puppy will be in every nook and cranny of your home. You will need to have eyes in the back of your head to watch your puppy as much as possible, but obviously there will be times when you cannot be by your puppy’s side. Therefore, you need to make sure that your puppy is safe in your home when you cannot be there to supervise.

Make sure that any household cleaners and any other kinds of chemicals are (more…)

Spoiling your puppy

by Vivien Richardson on February 14, 2012

When you first get a new puppy, you will no doubt want to lavish all of your attention on it and buy it numerous toys and treats, spoiling your new pet. However, like everything else in life, it is important to have a balance when it comes to treating your puppy, though it can admittedly be difficult when you find your new pup so adorable and cute.

Rewards and treats are great for showing your puppy kindness. However, you need to set some boundaries to avoid overwhelming your puppy. For instance, they will need some toys to chew on and play with, but do not (more…)

Being a responsible dog breeder

by Leanne Thompson on February 8, 2012

Most people have genuine reasons and good intentions when thinking about becoming a dog breeder. A good breeder should be judged on their concern for the dogs and for the decisions that they make when it comes to breeding dogs, rather than necessarily for the calibre of dogs that you breed. Of course, you will be judged on this but being a responsible dog breeder is much more than that.

A responsible dog breeder should take all the care possible to ensure the dogs they breed end up in good homes. As well as caring for the puppies in your own home and ensuring that time is invested in making (more…)

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