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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

Series of guides on raising puppies and caring for dogs.

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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How to have a dog friendly Easter

Easter can be a tempting time for dogs who don’t know that chocolate can harm them. Here’s how to have a dog friendly Easter. Why is chocolate harmful to dogs?  Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is similar to caffeine and is toxic to dogs. Even a small amount of chocolate can poison a…

We were scared our sick puppy wouldn’t pull through

The first time your puppy is sick or injured can be a worrying time for new dog owners. First time puppy parents Vanessa and Tina share their experience of when their sick puppy Yumi had to be rushed to the vets for emergency treatment. Spoiler alert: it has a happy ending.  Yumi is a maltipoo –…

Finding help for my fearful dog – what I wish I’d known

As Carol found out the hard way when she sought help for her fearful dog George, anyone can call themselves a dog trainer or behaviourist without having any formal qualification. Just because they have a glossy website and great reviews, doesn’t mean they are good. Here’s her story.  George, my Golden Retriever, was always a…