Work with us
Our Family Dog is one-stop-shop for first-time dog owners, placing the needs of both dogs and their owners at the heart of what we do. We provide simple, accessible, non-judgmental advice to help new dog owners give their pups the best start in life.
We’re a community interest company, registered in England and Wales. Registration number 11764877.
Why is this needed?
Studies have identified a mismatch between the expectations and reality of dog ownership, and a lack of preparation by owners prior to acquiring a dog. The main reasons cited by owners who relinquish their dogs to rescue centres are being unprepared for the commitment of dog ownership and problem behaviours with their dogs. This is often because the needs of dogs are at odds with their owners’ lifestyles.
Our aim is to break this cycle by better preparing people for dog ownership through the provision of timely and relevant advice and support.
Informed by behaviour change theory, our audience-centric approach allows us to better understand the needs, lifestyles and challenges faced by dog owners; so that we can create more effective and sustainable solutions to dog welfare problems.
Our work aligns with the latest science and best practice in animal health, welfare, behaviour and training. We are governed by a set of guiding principles to support dog owners to meet the health, happiness and welfare needs of their dogs.
Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about our work.
Contribute to our website
We welcome contributed content from ABTC-accredited dog trainers and behaviourists, UK-registered vets and veterinary nurses. If you’ve got an idea for a blog post, a video or something else, on a topic that would be of interest to and helpful for first-time dog owners, please get in touch.
We’re recruiting volunteer moderators for our membership-only community forum to support new puppy owners. Find out more.
Partner with us
Our Family Dog receives an average of 25,000 unique monthly visitors and a growing social media presence. We are the only website designed specifically for first-time dog owners, offering dog care services and pet retailers a shop window to engage directly with this audience as they begin their life with a dog. As a not-for-profit organisation, all of our profits are invested back into the business.
If you’ve got an idea for how we can work together, please get in touch.