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Welcome to Our Family Dog

Advice and support for first-time dog owners

Getting a dog
Getting a dog

What you need to think about if you’re planning to get a dog

Your new dog
Your new dog

How to prepare to bring your new dog home

 First aid for dogs
Dog care services

How to find a good dog trainer, dog walker, and other services

Dog & puppy guides
Dog & puppy guides

Get tips and advice to help you care for your dog

8 week old puppy

The first week with a new puppy will be exciting – and exhausting. If you’re a first time dog owner, then this will be as new to you as it is your puppy.

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9 week old puppy

You and your puppy will be getting to know each other and they should be starting to feel more settled in their new home.

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10 week old puppy

You may be starting to get into a routine with your new puppy – but don’t despair if you’re experiencing the ‘puppy blues’, you’re not alone.

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12 week old puppy

Your puppy will be growing rapidly and getting to grips to the world around them.

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4 month old puppy

Your puppy should now be sleeping through the night and be housetrained, but prepared for the occasional accident.

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6 month old puppy

At 6 months old, your puppy is considered to be an adolescent. Be prepared for some teenage behaviour!

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1 year old dog

Congratulations! It’s your puppy’s first birthday. With the first year behind you, life should start to get easier.

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Puppy toilet training at night

As you have probably discovered, toilet training a puppy is a 24/7 job! Here’s some tips on puppy toilet training at night to help you get in a good routine.  How often do puppies need to pee at night?  Young puppies need to pee often – and you can expect there to be lots of…

Button the Bernese: living with elbow dysplasia

Bernese Mountain Dog Button was diagnosed at seven months old with Elbow Dysplasia, a painful and debilitating hereditary disease, which required lengthy and painful surgery. Here’s her story, as told by her owner Annie Wilson. At the time of her diagnosis, Button was training to work with me as an emotional therapy dog to support…

The truth about puppy farming

In this sad but heartwarming story, puppy farming campaigner Janetta Harvey shares her experience of life with her wonderful dogs who were rescued from the cruel puppy trade.  When five month old Albert Claude breezed into our world in February 2019, he brought with him a vibrancy and innocence that had faded in my mind…