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Buying a Puppy

Some dogs need more time than others do, but every dog requires time for daily interaction beyond just meeting its basic needs. Consider your lifestyle and personality when deciding if a dog would fit into the picture.

  • Why do you want a dog?

  • How active and busy are you?

  • What do you do with the dog when you travel

  • or are on vacation?

  • Do you have young children?

  • Do you have a fenced garden?

  • How big is it?

  • How long at a time will the dog be alone in the home?

  • Does anyone have allergies? (Easier to find this out visiting someone else’s dog first)

  • Would you have the time to start with an untrained puppy/would you be willing to re-train an older dog?

  • What kind of fur and how much grooming/shedding are involved?

  • What size would fit in?

  • Purebred? Mixed? Male? Female? Large? Small?

Dogs needs

Puppies and adult dogs have daily needs. The basics are shelter, food and water, grooming, health care, training, exercise and social interaction. The earlier in life you start teaching a pup what is expected of it the better, but the more it has to learn. With an older dog, there may be some bad habits they’ll have to ‘unlearn’. Early social experiences set the tone for a dog’s development into a dependable companion or a destructive nuisance.

 

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Dog Rescue  Dog Rescue Resources

Finding a rescue centre

‘All-breed’ dog-rescue centres throughout the UK and Ireland can be found here grouped by area at Dog Pages with breed-rescues listed separately according to breed. Nearly one thousand contacts areincluded so thereshould be one near you.

While the larger charities are well known, there are many smaller rescue organisations,  operating on small budgets but still doing a fantastic job. Not all these organisations have websites but these have been included where available. The larger charities, the Dogs Trust (formerly NCDL – National Canine Defence League), Battersea Dogs Home, the RSPCA and the Scottish SPCA, all have new online sites.

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Dog Grooming Books    Dog Grooming For Dummies

Dog Grooming For Dummies(r)Synopsis

This is the fun and easy way to keep a dog looking clean, neat, and healthy. This year, Americans will spend $8.8 billion for supplies for their pets, including grooming aids and services. Now, “Dog Grooming For Dummies” shows readers how to get professional results at home. Featuring step-by-step instructions and a coat-specific grooming guide for over 150 breeds of dog, this friendly guide covers basic grooming for good health, the latest grooming equipment, bathing, nail care, skin care, and dental care for dogs. Plus, there’s also helpful advice on how to become a professional groomer and breed-specific tips on grooming dogs for competition. Margaret H “Maggie” Bonham (Conifer, CO) is an award-winning professional dog writer and trainer. She has worked as a vet tech, grooming dogs for clients, and has groomed dogs for show.

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Please email John with a photograph of your dog and he will be happy to advise how on options for portraying your dogs true likeness in oils.