Welcome to Our Family Dog

Advice and support for first-time dog owners

Getting a puppy?

How to avoid puppy scams

Getting a dog
Getting a dog

What you need to think about if you’re planning to get a dog.

Your new dog
Your new dog

How to prepare to bring your new dog home.

 Dog care services
Dog care services

How to find the best care for your dog.

Dog & puppy guides
Dog & puppy guides

Series of guides on raising puppies and caring for dogs.

8 week old puppy

The first week with a new puppy will be exciting – and exhausting. If you’re a first time dog owner, then this will be as new to you as it is your puppy.

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9 week old puppy

You and your puppy will be getting to know each other and they should be starting to feel more settled in their new home.

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10 week old puppy

You may be starting to get into a routine with your new puppy – but don’t despair if you’re experiencing the ‘puppy blues’, you’re not alone.

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12 week old puppy

Your puppy will be growing rapidly and getting to grips to the world around them.

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4 month old puppy

Your puppy should now be sleeping through the night and be housetrained, but prepared for the occasional accident.

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6 month old puppy

At 6 months old, your puppy is considered to be an adolescent. Be prepared for some teenage behaviour!

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1 year old dog

Congratulations! It’s your puppy’s first birthday. With the first year behind you, life should start to get easier.

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Tips for buying a puppy: avoid puppy scams

Getting a puppy is easy – right? Sadly not. Many puppy buyers get scammed by rogue breeders or traders. Their only interest is to make a quick buck from a sale of a puppy to unsuspecting buyers. With a seasonal peak in sales anticipated, here’s our tips for buying a puppy and how to avoid…

Life with a crazy cocker spaniel puppy

Hi there, I am Natalie also known as the furless mama to Piper. This is a completely honest account about our time so far with Piper, she is a little working cocker spaniel puppy with the attitude of a Great Dane. Decisions Decisions  We lost our beautiful old lady, May after a year plagued with pancreatitis.…

And then there were two!

Harvey, the working cocker spaniel, literally bounced into Rachel and her family’s life in 2018 following the loss of their much-loved westie. Not deterred by Harvey’s energy, he’s recently been joined by pup number two, Hazel. Here’s Rachel’s story. After 14 years in 2018 we lost our beloved westie Woody. We’re a family of four…