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Here’s a selection of stories from new puppy owners sharing their experiences about life with a dog. If you would like to share your story, we’d love to hear from you.

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…

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Back to basics with puppy potty training

Hislla’s search for the perfect puppy brought her to Jasper, a bouncy springer spaniel. She shares her experience of raising a puppy in a flat. Guess what happens when you take your eye off the ball with puppy potty training! My husband and I spent years talking about getting a dog. For my husband, it…

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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…

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Adopting a greyhound was the best thing we did!

Connie and her family hadn’t planned on getting a dog. That was until they looked into adopting a greyhound and Cyril entered their lives. In this short story Connie shares her experience of adopting Cyril through the Greyhound Trust.  We got Cyril the greyhound after three weeks of knowing him. He is an ex-racing greyhound…

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Life with a reactive dog

When veterinary nurse Hollie rescued Oscar, she knew she was going to have her hands full. A history of abuse had left him scared of people and other dogs. On top of that she found out that Oscar was allergic to almost everything! Read Hollie’s story about what it’s like to live with a reactive…

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Why I love having an office dog

Are you lucky enough to be able to take your dog to work, or work from home with your dog by your side? Regular homeworker, Tracy shares the pros and cons of having an office dog and tips on how to stay paw-ductive during the working day.  As someone who has been working from home…

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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 –…

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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…

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Life with a crazy cocker spaniel puppy

Hi there, I am Natalie also known as the furless mama to Piper. This is a completely honest account about our time so far with Piper, she is a little working cocker spaniel puppy with the attitude of a Great Dane. Decisions Decisions  We lost our beautiful old lady, May after a year plagued with pancreatitis….

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And then there were two!

Harvey, the working cocker spaniel, literally bounced into Rachel and her family’s life in 2018 following the loss of their much-loved westie. Not deterred by Harvey’s energy, he’s recently been joined by pup number two, Hazel. Here’s Rachel’s story. After 14 years in 2018 we lost our beloved westie Woody. We’re a family of four…

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Why early puppy socialisation has been vital for Luna

Newly-weds Andrew and Magda welcomed a new addition to their family in the form of a big ball of white fluff called Luna. Here’s their story, told by Andrew, about their journey into pup-parenthood. He explains why early puppy socialisation was important for Luna. Magda’s been around dogs all her life, but for me it…

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Social media helped to find my lost dog

It’s every dog owner’s worst nightmare when their dog goes missing. As Kerry shares in this story, getting the word out on social media can be a powerful way to find a lost dog.  Three-year-old Flo is a Spanish Podenco, rescued and brought to the UK by an animal rescue charity. Little is known about…

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Life with my loveable but over-excited dog

Physical exercise and mental stimulation are really important for a dog’s wellbeing. But for some dogs it can be too much of a good thing. Read Caroline’s story about her over-excited dog, Jimmy the Whippet, and how she brought calm to his life.  It took us a long time to decide what type of pup…

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I realised I had new puppy anxiety

For Helen Edwards, the early days with her new Zuchon puppy, Archie were difficult. After researching how she was feeling, Helen discovered she was experiencing new puppy anxiety – also known as the new puppy blues. Keen to help other first-time puppy parents, Helen has since written a book to share her experience. I was…

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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…

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Choosing the perfect puppy for our family

If you’re thinking about getting your first puppy, but stuck on how to go about it, you may find Natalie’s blog helpful. Find out how she went about choosing Hugo, the perfect puppy for her family. We always knew we would get a dog one day, but we had to make sure the time was…

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“My dog eats everything, literally!”

Elsa is a cute Springador with a dark side – she’s a dog who eats everything. And not just food. Read Charlotte’s story about Elsa’s escapades. It was never the plan to get a puppy. A dog, yes, but having always wanted to give a home to one of the thousands of unwanted dogs in…

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Finding a dog walker saved the day

Jane and her husband were only meant to be caring for puppy Apollo for a few months. But one year on, he’s become a permanent fixture in their lives. As they both work, they needed to find a dog walker to help care for their bouncy golden retriever. Read their story… It became a standing…

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My first year as a puppy parent

For Tracy and husband Steve, cancelling their holiday to get Labrador puppy Jago was just the start of their lives being turned upside down (for the better). Here’s what Tracy has to say about her first-year as a puppy parent. I’ve heard it said that you’re never really prepared for the arrival of children, no…

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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…

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