Welcoming your new four-legged friend

#PrepForPup

Many of us dream of owning a dog but have never felt the time is right. Perhaps long commutes and hours spent working in an office have meant you weren’t able to commit the time needed to care for a dog. Maybe you’ve recently moved out of your city-centre flat to a bigger, more suburban or rural house, with plenty of good dog walks around. Whatever your reasons, we know with the sales of puppies soaring in the UK over the past few months, lots of have decided now is the time to welcome their very own four-legged friend.

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Owning a dog is a big commitment but a hugely rewarding one at that. It’s also not cheap and the Dogs Trust recently issued a warning that there could be up to 40,000 stray or abandoned dogs in the UK as the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold. So, with google searches of ‘buy a puppy’ increasing by 166%, we want to help inform soon-to-be or new puppy owners all about keeping their dog healthy, happy and safe, and to ensure getting a puppy is for the right reasons and at the right time.

Last year we launched our Prep for Pup campaign providing advice to people who were considering getting a puppy, or for those who’d already welcomed a pup into their home. With helpful tips and advice from experts such as TV Vet, Steve Leonard, the guide helps owners on the journey of puppy parenting so we thought now would be a good time to share our puppy advice once again.

Our Prep For Pup pages carry lots of useful information including a digital puppy care guide highlighting how to puppy proof the home, nutritional advice and even all you need to know when checking in with the vet. If you’re considering welcoming a puppy into your family or could just do with a few refresher training tips then check out Prep For Pup.

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As children return to school and more of us return to work, many puppies (and older dogs) will be affected by changes to the lockdown routine they have become accustomed to, potentially leading to separation anxiety. We teamed up Certified Animal Behaviourist Caroline Wilkinson to offer advice on how you can help ease your dog through any routine changes that could cause them upset. To find out more click here.