Vet Darren Storey brings you the latest news from Northlands Veterinary Hospital.
As a vet and owner I know how difficult it can be to raise a dog, but with the right guidance and support it is possible.
A new puppy is a big responsibility and commitment for the whole family.
It is up to you to be a “good role model” and responsible teacher. So why is it important to be both?
I think that not only is health care important for your pups but so is social and behavioural management.
No point in having a perfectly well dog if they cannot interact with other humans or animals without misbehaving or becoming nasty.
I know from experience it isn’t pleasant to have a dog try to nibble on you when, with the proper management, they could be as good as gold.
Puppy socialisation classes help families to have a well-grounded puppy; happy and confident in the company of other animals and people.
Have a look in your local area for groups that run these types of events; however, ensure they have the right credentials first.
Northlands Vets offers puppy classes and if you enrol on one of the puppy packages you will be invited to a course of evenings.
You will get information about training, diet, flea/worming treatment, microchipping, neutering and much more. It’s a bit like playgroup.
Whether you are a client of ours or not we can still help you; as we would rather see more nice dogs in the community.
For more information or just to chat about raising a pup call us on 01536 485543 and speak to one of our nurses.
We can either help directly or point you to other sources of information.