Getting Started

Choosing a dog can be a truly rewarding experience. We share our tips and advice to help ensure you get off to the right start.

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Are You Really Ready for a Dog?

Are you ready for a dog? It's an important question and one you need consider before bringing a canine companion into your family.

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Dog Equipment Basics: What You Need

From collars and leads to grooming and toys we take a look at all the essential equipment you'll need to care for your furry friend.

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The Real Benefits of Owning a Dog

If you have a dog in your life, you already know what joy your pooch brings. We share some benefits that you might not have known about.

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Bringing A Dog Home To A Safe House

Creating a comfortable, cozy and safe environment at home for your dog will help ensure they remain happy, healthy and content.

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What to Look For in a Dog Bed

Can you imagine your life without a comfy bed to crawl into each night? Your dog’s bed should be a haven and a place they can spend a good deal of time.

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Collars, Leads and Harnesses: Which is best for my pet?

Going out for a nice walk with your pooch is one of the great joys of pet ownership. But, it can turn into a battle if you don’t have the right equipment.

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Food and Water Bowls

Food and water bowls are an essential part of your dog’s kit. We have put together some tips to help you choose what is best for your dog.

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Dog Ownership for Allergy Sufferers

If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, pet ownership is not necessarily out of the question. We have a look at some options.

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Basic Costs of Dog Ownership

Pets cost money, but if we know what costs to budget for it can take the sting out of that hit to the wallet. We look at some basic costs for owning a dog.

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Buying a Family Dog

Buying a dog with a family in mind is a big decision. Some breeds are known to be great with children. We discuss which dogs are best suited to family life.

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How to Toilet Train Your Puppy in 3 Days

Toilet training is one of the common challenges that pet owners face when they first adopt a new dog. We run through some basics for you here.

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Where Should I buy a Puppy or Dog?

While it can be tempting to fall for that cute puppy in the window of a pet shop, finding the right breeder or rescue organisation is so important.

Owning a dog can be wonderful and rewarding experience for both you and your family, but the decision to bring a dog into your life is not one that should be taken lightly as they are a full time responsibility. You need to take into account your present situation and realistically assess whether or not a dog will fit into your life and if so, which dog?

Once you have decided to bring a dog into your family you can then start to look at choosing the breed and temperament of the dog that is right for you. Whether it be a puppy or adult from the pound, or from a breeder, you’ll need to assess your lifestyle and current time commitments and then choose a dog that will best fit into those requirements.

You’ll want to start by thinking about some of the key areas that make up your daily life: Review your living arrangements and surrounding local area. Do you have a large backyard, small garden or balcony? Will your dog be mostly indoors? Are there any dog parks close by or within a short drive? Are you financially sound? How active are you? Can you and your family commit time to regularly walking and playing with your dog? Do you have young children? Do you travel much? Will someone be available to attend to your dog’s daily needs?

There are nearly 200 different dog breeds so do take the time to evaluate all the varying types to ensure you that you make a good choice. And remember while there are plenty of factors to consider, it’s also an exciting life experience so make sure you have fun in the process.