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Welcome to everything you need to know about puppies.

  • Choosing "the one"

    Selecting your puppy from the litter. When they all look absolutely irresistible, how do you avoid taking them all? More >

    Preparing for your puppy

    What do you need to do before you bring your puppy home? From ID tags to chew toys, bowls to baby gates, get prepared now… More >

    Puppy proofing your home

    Is your home safe for your new friend? Watch the video or read on to learn how to puppy proof his new home… More >

  • Preparing for the day you choose your puppy

    Some tough questions to help you decide on your puppy. The right puppy will make your life a joy. More >

    Thinking of breeding your dog?

    Your dog is the loveliest, cutest thing in the world and you’d love to see how his or her own puppies would turn out. But you’ll need to think about it seriously… More >

    Puppy proof your yard, shed and garage

    Check for these outdoor hazards: ponds, poisonous plants, pesticides, rubbish bags, anti-freeze, chemicals… More >

Puppy proof your yard,shed and garage

Check for these outdoor hazards.

  • A pond or pool. If he can get in, make sure he can get out. Train him to rescue himself as soon as possible.
  • Poisonous plants. Check at the nursery before you buy. Remember, even dead, dry leaves can be toxic.
  • Snail pellets and other pesticides. It’s time to switch to natural pesticides – there are excellent options available.
  • Rubbish bins or bags. Very tempting, but potentially lethal.
  • The garage and shed. Anti-freeze is particularly appetising (and fatal) to dogs, so clean up all spills, put all chemicals and paints out of reach, check for loose wiring and keep doors locked.
  • An open gate or holes in the fence. If he can get out, he will. (If you don’t have a fence, you won’t be able to leave him outside on his own.) Puppies are born diggers, so check the fence regularly. But don’t take any chances: always keep his collar on and, preferably, have him microchipped.

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