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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
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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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“I regret getting a dog”

According to new research findings, a quarter of pet owners say they have regrets or concerns about getting a pet during lockdown. So, what help is available to support you if you regret getting a dog?  The research findings The research, commissioned by the pet insurance company Petplan, found that 26% of pet owners in…

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…

‘My Dog has Irritable Bowel Disease’

When a puppy suffers from sickness and diarrhoea, it’s always a cause for concern. But what do you do when nothing seems to help and your puppy just doesn’t seem to be getting better? In this story, first-time dog owner Vaneeta shares her experience of caring for a dog with Irritable Bowel Disease – a…