Pet Health: A man’s best friend

A new puppy is a big responsibility and commitment for the whole family
A new puppy is a big responsibility and commitment for the whole family
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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.

Two charities that also provide guidance on this topic are the RSPCA and PDSA.