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young cocker spaniel puppy on a lead being trained by owner

Training Your Puppy-Sit, Stay, Lead Walking and Stop

Training Your Puppy Training your puppy is a fantastic bonding experience for both you and him. Your puppy will learn to trust you and you will learn to understand him better, making the training all that bit easier. Puppies start learning from birth and despite their relatively short attention spans, you can expect them to begin to learn some basic obedience commands such as “sit,” and “stay,” as young as 7 to 8 weeks of age. With some patience, plenty of...

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Recall Training Your Puppy

The Importance of a Recall   Recall training your puppy and teaching them to return to you is one of the most important things you can train your dog to do. It not only keeps them safe, but provides more freedom for them throughout their life. Your dog should not be off a leash in public without a good recall or knowing their name, so it is essential to teach them this as early as you can and when they are still...

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American staffordshire terrier puppies sitting in a box

What Puppy Is Right For Me?

Are You Ready For a Puppy? Dog ownership is a wonderful thing but comes with a huge responsibility. I have adopted many puppies before, and it is not something you should do on a whim. There are many, many different decisions and factors to consider before inviting a new furry family member into your home. Many puppies were adopted last year into their forever homes, but many were quickly given up too due to owners unable to look after them. For...

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young labrador puppy chewing on a toy in his new home

Settling Your Puppy Into His New Home

Welcoming a new puppy home is an exciting time, but remember it may take a few weeks before he is completely settled into his new home. Your puppy will be about 8 weeks old at the time you bring him home. He has been taken away from his mother, his siblings, and has been placed in a strange new environment, so it’s understandable he might be scared or nervous for the first few nights. As an experienced dog owner myself,...

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two young rottweiler puppies looking over a fence

Where Should I Get a Puppy?

Where to Get a Puppy in Ireland Congratulations - you’re getting a puppy! Bringing home a new puppy is so exciting, and I bet you can’t wait to have a little four legged friend running around your home. After doing all the research into raising a pup and deciding to take on the responsibility, the next big question is, where exactly do you get a puppy? Your options are either adopting a puppy from a rescue centre, or getting a puppy...

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Crate Training Your Puppy

What is Crate Training? Crate Training can be a very helpful management tool when introducing your puppy into his new home. Puppies don’t like being left alone, and can express this dislike through destructive behaviour. If crate training is done properly, it can help reduce unwanted behaviour and give your puppy somewhere to relax where he can feel safe and secure. Training your puppy to spend some time alone and rest in his crate, even when you don’t necessarily need them...

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young dog at the vet clinic

Finding The Right Vet For Your Pet

When bringing home your puppy for the first time, one of the first things you should be doing is taking him to the vet for a check-up. Vaccinations, neutering, worm doses…your puppy will be visiting the vets quite a few times before his first birthday and throughout his life, so make sure to find a reputable and trustworthy vet. Whether you’re a first time dog-owner or an experienced dog parent looking for a new vet for your loyal friend,...

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dog sitting with owner on car

What Do I Need to Own a Dog? Legal Requirements of Dog Ownership

Taking care of a dog is a wonderful and exciting responsibility, but that doesn’t mean it comes without it’s share of rules and regulations. Owning a dog involves a number of legal requirements, and it is up to you fulfil these requirements once you bring your dog home with you. Failure to adhere to these regulations can lead to fines and even imprisonment, so make sure to get familiar with the following legal requirements. Licences and Tags Under the Control of...

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Puppy Care Essentials-What Your Puppy Will Need

Welcoming a new puppy into your home can be a very exciting time, but you’re probably wondering what exactly it is you need to ensure he is safe and comfortable in this strange new environment. There are lots of supplies that you will need to buy to prepare for their arrival so they can settle into their new home straight away. As an experienced dog owner myself, I have put together the ultimate puppy essentials checklist to make sure...

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adorable puppy sleeping in a comfortable dog bed

Choosing the Right Bed For Your Puppy

Choosing The Right Dog Bed As a puppy parent, you want to give your little pup the best things in life; the best toys, the best food, and of course, the best bed. Choosing the right bed for your dog is important as it’s where he will go to relax, chew on his toys or food and go asleep. As there are many types of dogs, there are many types of dog beds, so a lot of thought and consideration should...

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