Knowledge Centre Topic: puppy


Week by Week From Birth to Weaning

The first few weeks of a puppy’s life are crucial to their development, and are an exciting time for you to watch and be involved in. This guide takes you through the first 8 weeks, showing you what to expect as your puppies grow. [timeline units="week"] 1 Day 1 Four primitive reflexes At birth, your…
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Your Dog’s Pregnancy Week by Week

Female dogs (bitches) generally give birth around 63 days after conception, with a few variations between 56 and 70 days depending on the exact time of fertilisation in relation to mating. This step by step guide tells you what to expect during your dog’s pregnancy and gives you practical advice and important information to help…
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How to Choose Your Puppy

The decision to have a dog as a pet has long term consequences and should not be taken lightly. A dog lives more than ten years on average and therefore you should aim to choose a dog whose specific requirements and needs (e.g. exercise, training, grooming etc), you will be able to meet, but you…
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Microchipping Your Dog

The prospect of your pup getting lost – and maybe slipping out of his collar or losing his name tag – is unbearable. Dog theft is on the increase today as well, so security is becoming an issue for all dog owners. How microchipping works Microchipping, which is the painless insertion of a microchip under…
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Fleas and Worming for Dogs

The little ‘passengers’ your puppy could carry aren’t good for his health… so regular worming and flea control is essential. Fleas Your puppy could have dog or cat fleas – fleas aren’t picky, and as well as causing itching in your dog will bite humans too. You need to treat your puppy, his bed and…
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Neutering Your Dog

A decision you need to make Neutering is one of the most responsible decisions any dog owner can make. Neutering not only protects against unwanted pregnancies, helping to keep down the number of dogs in rescue, it also offers protection against various diseases including cancers. It can also help with some behavioural problems, although this…
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What to Feed Your Puppy

Your puppy’s first meals Ask what your puppy is eating before he comes home, and keep him on that for a week or so before you change it. The most important thing to remember with feeding puppies is that their digestive systems are still developing – so they are prone to upset tummies. Try an ultra-digestible food…
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Oral Health for Puppies

Milk teeth Good oral hygiene starts off when your puppy is young. When he comes home, he will still have his milk teeth – little shiny white ‘needles’ which he enjoys testing out everywhere! These baby teeth are quite fragile, so his kibble needs to be softer and easier to break open than an older…
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Puppy Behaviour and Training

Why training your puppy is important However delightful your puppy is, never forget that he’s going to grow up – and to be a happy, well-adjusted adolescent and adult dog, he needs good training. Your training methods should always be kind, calm and reward-based – never shout or hit, because that will simply upset him. A…
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Puppy Insurance

Find the right cover for your dog Every owner wants to do the best for their dog, and vets try their hardest to keep costs reasonable, but there is no denying that accidents or long-term illnesses can cause the veterinary bills to mount up. Insurance offers peace of mind that you will be able to…
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Your Puppy’s Growth

How long it takes for a dog to reach adulthood differs widely. Small breed dogs are classed as adult at 10 months old, while other breeds can take 18 months or even two years until they are fully grown. 1st stage of growth Growth is generally divided into two phases. The first stage of growth…
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Basic Training Tips for Puppies

A few puddles and a bit of chewed furniture might be inevitable, but initiating some simple training tips now will help avoid too much upset and give your puppy some guidelines to build on later. With a little help they will soon start to realise what is good behaviour, and what is not allowed, and…
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