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How old is your dog?

Pre-Puppy
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Pre-Puppy

What’s better than puppies? That’s right: your own puppy. So, what do you need to know before you take the plunge into pet parenthood?

0-2 months
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0-2 months

Welcome to the world little one. It’s all grow-grow-grow for your puppy right now, so there’s many things to prepare.

2-3 months
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2-3 months

Your puppy is ready to come home and turn your world upside down. It’s time to put your preparation into practice – and remember to take it all in!

3-6 months
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3-6 months

You’re entering a period of immense growth, lots of learning and new adventures. Bring on the play date with the big wide world!

6-12 months
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6-12 months

Your fur-baby is nearing adulthood. Can you see their grown self coming through? Sigh…they grow up so fast, don’t they?

12-18 months
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12-18 months

Your puppy has turned one and they might not be so little anymore. Make sure to book their first annual check-up.

18 months - 3 years
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18 months - 3 years

Your dog is one an established family member now. Enjoy who they have become and the bond you now share at this special stage.

3 - 8 years
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3 - 8 years

Your dog is a full-grown adult now. They understand where their place is in your home and the wider world.

8+ years
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8+ years

Just like many senior citizens, senior dogs have some extra needs. Learn to look after your best friend and support their health as they grow older.

5 Benefits of Getting a Puppy

If you are considering getting a puppy, you may be thinking about how it will impact your life. Let’s weigh this up along with the great benefits that come with bringing home a furry family member.

Top 5 Benefits of Getting a Puppy

Yes, owning a dog is a big responsibility and the decision to get a puppy should never be made without careful consideration, but that doesn’t discount the many benefits of owning a puppy.

We know that there's loads more benefits - but these are my top 5.

1. Puppies encourage exercise

Dogs and especially puppies love to get out and go for a walk or to the park, encouraging you to get out there and exercise too. Having a pup in your life will ensure you get moving (even when you might not want to!)

2. Constant companionship

You will never be alone again after you get a puppy. If you’ve never had one before you may think this is an over-exaggeration, but it's true. Dogs are loyal and loving animals and will follow you all around your house… even when you’re ducking to the toilet!

3. Socialisation

Something that may surprise you is that dog owners are like their own little club, and when you get a puppy, you will become a fully-fledged member. Whether you are walking your pup or letting them play at the park, you will get chatting or a ‘Hello’ from other pup parents all the time. They are always happy to share what they know and often share tips and advice freely.

4. Stress relief

It has been scientifically proven that dogs help relieve stress and improve your overall mental health. Really, they are the happiest animals to be around, and that happiness is contagious. Even just a short amount of playtime with a pup can help calm the mind, relax your body and just boost your mood.

5. Remind us to…

The simple things things in life make them happy, and reminds us to find joy in small things too. A dog will remind you to stop and smell the roses (because they always want to pee), remember to rest (cause they love napping), and don’t forget to play.

These are just some of the many benefits of bringing a new puppy home, so be sure to add to your own list, when the time comes for you and your family.

Written by Jodie Humphries, Dog Lover

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