Welcome to the first in our fantastic series of 5 Puppy Podcasts coming out over the summer!
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Episode 1 – Get a great puppy
So, you’ve always wanted a puppy and have decided to go for it!
First of all – congratulations. Your life really is going to change. Ask any dog owner!
As you are going to have this pet for what could be up to 15 years or more, let’s make sure those years are happy, happy, happy.
Pick a healthy one
In-bred faults and exaggerated features and dreadful health problems are inherent in some breeds. Make sure you do your research. I KNOW it’s a bore, but you have to do it for your family’s sake. Not every puppy can be ‘fixed’, and vet bills are not funded by the NHS. Pick a good quality healthy puppy.
How long are they a pup?
You will have a puppy for around 6 months. Be prepared for them to then transform into hulking adolescents. A peaceful homelife with visitors to the cute fluffy ball of baby dog suddenly becomes a non-stop hive of activity and constant supervision.
What is the right dog for your family?
I see many dogs in the wrong households. Owners tearing their hair out about what to do next, whilst a very active-breed dog is driving itself crackers on a diet of cheap food and not enough activity and stimulation. Big dogs in small homes, more than one dog, dog vs cat, unruly kids and nervous dog, there is no perfect scenario. I might be a good trainer, I might be a good behaviourist, but truly, you can’t train a dog to enjoy being left on its own for 10 hours a day. You can’t train a dog to not bark if you are not there to help relieve the boredom or stress felt by a social creature.
Look carefully at Mum and Dad dog, aunties, uncles, and really play with them. Do they seem like nice, settled and enjoyable companions? If so, the pup sounds like a good bet. If you are’t allowed to mix, it’s a cause for concern.
Listen to the podcast for a lot more detail on this essential topic (see link above)
How did you get YOUR puppy? Or, did you decided to get a rescue dog? Tell us your success story below!