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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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How to prepare your dog for life post-lockdown

A ‘pawmap’ out of lockdown for dog owners A change in routine as the UK moves out of lockdown is likely to be unsettling for dogs, particularly if they will be spending time on their own at home. Here’s why it’s important to teach your dog to spend time alone, and how to do it…

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…

Toilet training tips: ‘two pees & a poo’

If you’re knee deep in piles of poo and puddles of pee, then this blog from new pup mum Nicolette, sharing her toilet training tips is one for you. “Ahhhh, isn’t he the cutest thing!” cooed my partner Rob, as we arrived home with Fozzie, the new addition to our family.  At just 8 weeks…