Considering a new puppy?

Whether you are a past dog owner, or a new one, I can help and advise you on all aspects of puppy care.

Ever year the animal welfare organisations will remind us that a puppy is for life and not just for Christmas. As a professional dog trainer for more than twenty five years, I endorse their concern that a live animal should not be put in the same bracket as a pair of socks, bath bombs or a set of Downton Abby DVDs.

It remains a fact that many properly motivated people will be giving a puppy or dog as a present this year and as long as the gift does not come as an unwelcome surprise to the recipient, such a gift can signal the start of a long and blissfully happy relationship.

Before you buy a puppy or dog though, I highly recommend that you consider three main factors – responsibility, commitment and time. If you have all three then your chosen dog will be a very happy one; having a dog in one’s life is I think is one of the most rewarding things in life.

There are many factors that should all be taken into consideration before you buy a puppy or dog:

  • your lifestyle
  • your home environment
  • your availability of time to train the dog
  • the amount of exercise you can give it in the future

There are breeds to suit all domestic and personal circumstances and it is important to understand each type’s characteristics to ensure you make a happy match. I urge anyone considering a puppy or new dog to do their research thoroughly, and to understand exactly what they are committing to for the years ahead.

Guidance from professional trainers, such as myself, is always available and my pre-puppy and new dog service has been created for such help.

Based on a one-hour consultation, this covers all the vital points in choosing the right dog which leads to the recommendation of which type of dogs are best suited to your individual situation. I can also help with putting potential dog owners in touch with reputable dog breeders and I can also assit with re-homing dogs to suitable clients.

The consultation includes:

  • Choosing the right dog for you and your lifestyle
  • What to look for when selecting a puppy
  • Nutritional advice
  • Toilet training
  • Pre-training do’s and don’ts
  • Training advice
  • Socialising

Getting it right at the outset will mean that after all the laughter of Christmas with a new puppy or dog has long gone, you will still be smiling in the years ahead after all as the saying goes, ‘a dog is a man’s best friend’!.

For advice and guidance on choosing a puppy or new dog please contact me: 01931 715282 or email ingrid@ingrid-grayling.com
This service consists of a 1 hour consultation, either a personal visit to me, or on the telephone.