Useful Info

Classes

Agility Class

This runs on Tuesday and Thursday .

Obedience Classes

These run on Saturday and Sunday

Useful Information - Dog Breeds Choosing a Dog

Dogs Breeds.
I have trained and worked with all kinds of dog breeds, from small dog breeds and toy dogs, through to large dog breeds, working dogs and guard dog breeds.

During this time I have gained a wealth of knowledge about many of the breeds of dogs which are out there. Whilst we love all dog breeds, certain breeds have behavior characteristics and temperaments which may suit certain types of owners, or not, as the case may be. These characteristics are things you must be aware of before getting a dog, and before even choosing a dog breed to look into further. The reason is because many people like the 'look' of a certain dog breed and this blinds them to some important factors of that breed which can mean the dog is not at all suitable to them or their lifestyle.

When you are choosing a breed of dog, you need to know some very important things about the dog and any breed specific traits or features. These include the heights and weights etcetera, but it is just as important that you look into a breed from a training and obedience viewpoint too. After all you will be living and working with this dog for many years, and depending on your lifestyle and home setup, you may be much better suited to one dog breed over another.

If you buy a new car, i am sure the look of that car will be very important to you, but you are never going to buy a car without seeing how it 'drives' and 'handles'. This applies to dogs even more than a car, because you are becoming involved with a living creature, and one which can suffer if its needs are not met. In short, a dog can't be just thrown in a garage (or should i say, SHOULDN'T BE!) if you don't find it suits you. Equally we hope that you won't have to consider selling the dog or giving it up later due to incompatibility issues or behavioral problems which you might have avoided if you had only looked into the temperament and character of the dog breed which you chose.

I would urge anyone to actually visit owners of the breed they are considering, and get a feel for the personality of the dogs in their home environment before going out and actually getting a dog of any kind. Spend time around the breed you are interested in, talk to people and ask as many questions as you possibly can. It just might save you and the dog from unnecessary trauma later.

Please DO NOT just go and buy a puppy, then start reading dog books and trying to catch up on your lack of education when it all goes wrong as it is often too late by that point.
This is the single biggest cause of the thousands of dogs rescued just last year in the UK.

Getting a dog is one of the best things you can do to enrich your life, and add pleasure and fun to your household. Take the decision VERY seriously, and NEVER EVER get a dog on a whim. It just isn't in the dog's best interests, nor your own, no matter HOW much it seems perfect at the time.

There are always thousands of puppies for sale, and this isn't likely to change, so the decision can and should be taken carefully and with as much information gathered as possible beforehand. Try to ignore your HEART and use your HEAD for the purchase. You have years to use your heart once you have chosen the right dog breed for you!

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