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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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My dog is ill. What should I do?

We know our pets so well that we can easily spot the signs that they’re under the weather. But knowing what to do and when to get help can be difficult – and finding reliable information online can be even more challenging. The PDSA has created the Pet Health Hub, where pet owners can look…

A year and a half on with our nervous dog

When looking for a puppy, Norbert and his wife knew they should choose one that was inquisitive and confident. Florence was anything but. However, just as they were about to walk away, they spotted something in Florence that changed their minds. Eighteen months on, life with nervous dog Florence has had its ups and downs…

Training my dog the positive way

When Kirsty got puppy Jessie, she discovered she had a passion for dog training. Read this winning team’s story. When I got Jessie, just over a year ago, I would have never expected for a dog to have changed my life and outlook so much. First and foremost she brings a smile to my face…