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Things to consider before you get a puppy

The decision to bring a puppy into our lives and family is one that should not be made on a whim after all; it is a commitment that could last for the next 15 years. It’s a sad fact though that every dog that ends up in rescue was once a puppy. Many dogs who arrive in rescue through no fault of there own are often the product of the failure to live up to the promise and expectation of the Lassie – Benji – style dream. Many people blame irresponsible ownership for this tragic situation where in reality a lack of knowledge would be a more apt explanation. Most prospective puppy owners are simply unaware of the problems that lie ahead and have little idea on how to prevent or resolve them. Many  good intentioned novice owners, trying to do their best for their puppy, end up following misleading, erroneous and in some cases downright bad advice from out of date training books,

Once upon a time……..

Buddy at 4 months hoping to grow into his collar

There has, thankfully, been something of a revolution in the applied behavioural sciences over the past two decades, after all, it was only twenty years ago that dog training was delayed until the dog was six months to a year old and training meant teaching only obedience drills. Training was conducted primarily on-lead with repeated corrections and behaviour modification was largely restricted to punishing dogs for making mistakes whilst the use of food lures and rewards was taboo.
Therefore and to ensure that you know the right and best things to do, a pre puppy session with us will give you the confidence to make informed decisions about the future welfare of your new puppy.

We can offer you advice on topics (not an exhaustive list) such as:

• Choosing the right breed to best fit your lifestyle
• Choosing the right breeder or rescue centre
• Choosing the right puppy for your lifestyle from the litter
• What to expect in the first few weeks
• Essential puppy/dog equipment and toys
• Diet and the effects it can have on behaviour
• Dog Insurance
• Choosing the right vets
• Neutering/Spaying

Because we at Living With Wolves are highly trained, experienced, qualified professionals, you can rest assured of receiving only the very best advice for both you and your new family addition to be.