Getting a dog is one of the most exciting experiences in life, and a big responsibility, especially getting a puppy. You have a companion for life, a new family member, a new playmate. But before you rush into getting a puppy, you need to do your research first. The breed, your availability to care for it, where to get it from responsibly, the costs of owning a pet, where to walk your new furry friend, training etc.

How to identify a puppy farm

Firstly, it is important to know how to identify a puppy farm. Puppy farms are high volume breeders who are in the business to make a profit, rather than for the health and wellbeing of the mother and her puppies. They are not easy to spot, especially for an excited new dog owner. But under the UK law, breeders who produce more than five litters a year are considered to be running a puppy farming business. Make sure you have a look around the property for any signs i.e. number of dogs, crates, etc. If they are running a legit business they should be licensed and certified by the council and you can ask to see their documentation.

Think about the timing

It’s important to carefully think about this as puppies need a huge amount of care and attention from day one! For example, Christmas time is hectic with families and your routine is all over the place. This isn’t always a great time for devoting a lot of attention to your new family member.

You need to make sure that you can commit to the time to your puppy from the early days. Someone needs to be around most of the day for many weeks to make sure your dog gets training i.e. when to go for their ‘business’, socialising with humans and other dogs so consider dog walking London, their vets check-ups etc.

Having a routine for your puppy is essential for a well-balanced dog.

Think carefully about the breed

When you have established the right timing for getting your puppy, you should next think about which breed best suits your household and matching the dogs energy to your own.

Back in the day (and even now) each dog breed was bred to undertake different roles and this is reflected in their behaviour and character traits. Different breeds suit different lifestyles and homes, and it is important that you do your research before deciding which one you will bring home as there are a number of false stereotypes when it comes to different breeds. For example, small dogs don’t require that much exercise. This is wrong, they do need their daily exercise just like every dog loves being outside in the fresh air.

Bringing your puppy home

It’s finally time to bring your puppy home. Before you do this it is important to have all the essentials ready for the arrival of your new family member. Also, make sure you have your home puppy proofed; you know what food you can’t give your dog and where it will sleep.

Devote the early weeks of your pup’s new life (and yours) to their wellbeing, playtime and training – you will bond and have an unbreakable, unconditionally loving relationship.

And lastly, it can sometimes be overwhelming having a puppy but don’t get stressed – you’re a pack leader now and your dog needs calm, assertive energy and consistency to become a well-balanced dog.