Cambridge Canine Education Group



First Steps...     

The Book to buy before you buy your Puppy

How to Raise A Puppy
by  Stephanie Rousseau and Turid Rugaas

Thinking about getting a new puppy? Then perhaps go along to a training sessions where you will be able to see and meet a number of different breeds, see them being trained, talk to the owners and learn more about the breed (the good points and sometimes the bad!) you are interested in.  

A puppy classes should be aimed at helping you have a well-mannered family dog. I believe that each puppy is as different as we are in character, temperament, and willingness to learn even within a single litter of pups many different personalities can be observed.

Thinking of getting a puppy? -

If you are thinking about getting a new puppy then try and go along to a training class and watch a session because there you will be able to see and meet a number of different breeds, see them being trained, talk to the owners and learn more about the breed (the good points and sometimes the bad!) you are interested in and also see what puppies grow into!

Tips before you get your puppy …..

  1. Give as much if not more thought to your choice  of puppy as you would to choosing a new car, carpet etc. Remember your puppy will need your love and  care for its whole life often around 15 years. Choose the breed, which will be suitable to your life style and what you would like the dog to do.
  2. Before going to look at pups – visit dog-training clubs – speak to those who already own the breed you are interested in, trainers etc.
  3. Buy a book on the breed – remembering that most breed books (and breeders) will of course be bias towards ‘their’ breed. Often only pointing out the positive side of owning such a breed (which is why visiting training club is a good idea).
  4. When you decide to go and look at pups – leave your chequebook at home on the first visit – then you will not buy on impulse.
  5. Buying from a good breeder – will be much like having an interview and may go on for some time – this is the way it should be – it means they care about where the pup is going etc.
  6. Try and make sure you see the pups with their mother (and the father if available).
  7. The best age to take a pup to his/her new home is 8 to 10 weeks – Don’t be talked into taking them younger – they need to be with their mother till then – pups taken away young can grow up with all sorts of temperament problems.
  8. Picking the right pup for you – The one that leaves his litter mates to come to you, and won’t leave you alone, sometimes trying to keep the other pups away – will likely be more suited to a home where he/she will be ‘worked’. The pup that sits at the back and alone and looks sad is likely to remain that way and so you may have temperament problems etc. The one likely to make the best family dog is the one that runs up to say hello and then after a short time is happy to rejoin his/her litter mates.
  9. Don’t be tempted to buy 2 (or more!) pups from the same litter. If you would like more than one dog, then perhaps having a space of around 18 months between pups is best. This gives a better chance of each pup bonding more strongly with you and not with each other.
  10. Try not to be tempted buy from a 'puppy farm'  - you may be helping one pup to a better life but the more that are sold the more they will breed.

By all means read books on puppies, training, behaviour etc – but remember two things - 1.Your puppy will never read these books and may not know how he should behave and 2.The only experts on dogs are dogs!

And after all this it will still be very much a case of  'paying you money and taking your chances'!

  So you've picked your pup......... before you pick him/her up
Think about getting bowls, puppy collar,lead and bedding.
Consider getting a indoor crate...they really are like a puppy's private room
they also help with 'house training'  and avoiding a number of  little puppy problems. If you visit one of our training sessions – please ask for our 'handout' on indoor crates.
The breeder should give you information on what your pup has been fed on
and how often – and will often have food to give (or sell) you to start you off.
A good idea is to register with a vet so you can pop your pup along for a 'check up' in the first few days.