• When you bring your new puppy into your home a good rule of thumb is to "set the dog up for success". Learning how to house-train your new puppy and manage puppy behaviours will set you both up for success.

  • In order to teach any command it is important to start by using the word as a label for the required action and to reward the action with something that the puppy finds worthwhile, such as food.

  • When puppies enter our homes the family becomes the puppy's social group and therefore all puppies need clear, consistent signals as to the group's rules so that they can establish realistic expectations and learn to live within the family without tension.

  • You will be training your puppy from the moment you pick him up since puppies start learning as soon as they are born and are learning even when we do not realise it! It is therefore important for you to ensure that your puppy is learning appropriate lessons.

  • Roundworms, nematodes or ascarid worms are intestinal parasites that live freely in the intestine, obtaining their nutriment from the partially digested intestinal contents.

  • The sarcoptic mite is responsible for canine scabies (sarcoptic mange). It lives just under the skin.

  • Socialisation is the name given to the process whereby the puppy learns about herself, her own species and the other species with which she will live. The puppy learns to accept others in close proximity.

  • Spaying should always be considered if you are keeping your bitch merely as a pet. It has many advantages and few disadvantages.

  • A supplement is a concentrated nutrient source that is added to a basic diet for either a nutritional or a therapeutic effect.

  • Recently the Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) have produced vaccination suggestions for our pets.