Cambridge Canine Education Group

 

 

First Steps...     

 

Thinking about getting a new puppy?  Then you are welcome to come along to any of our 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. So come and have a look and see what puppies grow into!

PUPPY FOR CHRISTMAS?

The excitement of Christmas is overwhelming for a new puppy who is already trying to adjust to his/her new home. A Caring, reputable breeders will not sell puppies for Christmas but offer to keep the pup till after.

 Christmas is the most hectic time of the year. A puppy would come into the house when people are off from school and work, family are visiting, and all kinds of exciting things are going on.

A puppy should not be a surprise Christmas gift for someone. It’s important that the person who will be caring for the puppy wants that responsibility and is ready to commit to its care for its whole life.

Aside from the obvious issues that go along with the well known  slogan “A puppy is for life, not just for Christmas”….there are other safety concerns as well- puppy proofing the house is hard enough when it’s not Christmas - a pine tree full of shiny things poses numerous hazards- water filled bowl full of toxic pine needles, electric cords draped all over the place, glass and plastic ornaments that can be chewed up and ingested, etc. Plus the less obvious, like extra people zipping in and out of the house, potentially leaving doors open, risk of puppy getting stepped on, run over, etc, ribbons that can be chewed up and ingested….nothing like spending Christmas night at the emergency vet….

 

Thinking of getting a puppy? -

If you are thinking about getting a new puppy then you are welcome To come along to any of our training sessions 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. So come and have a look and 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.

Already have your puppy?
If you already have your new puppy (or before) you are welcome to come and see our puppy
class in action before you decide if you would like to join. Details of venues and times can
 be found on our 'More Details' page. 

You can join one of our puppy classes as soon as your vet advises your pup can go out and mix with other puppies and dogs.

 

In our Puppy Class your puppy can earnhis/her Kennel Club Puppy Foundation Award, so

In addition to the exercises we teach, we will also include:

  1. Responsibility & Care
  2. Cleanliness & Identification
  3. Attentive response to name
  4. Puppy play
  5. Socialisation
  6. Handling & Inspection
  7. Puppy Recall
  8. Basic Puppy Positions
  9. Walking in a control manner
  10. Stay for approximately 10 seconds
  11. Take article away from the puppy
  12. Food manners (take a treat without snatching)

 

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