Puppy Advice

Getting a dog

Congratulations! You’ve decided to get a dog. Having a dog in your life is great but they’re also a huge commitment and will change your life. Here are some things to help you prepare for getting a dog.

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  • Relaxed golden retriever dog being petted in new home

How to get a dog

Find out about the different ways you can get a puppy or dog.

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  • Adopted rescue dog looking up happily at new owner on grass

Adopting a dog

How to give a home to a dog that has been previously owned or rescued.

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Buying a puppy

Read our guides to help you find and safely buy your perfect puppy

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Preparing for your new puppy

Here’s what you need to do to prepare for the arrival of your new puppy

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What to buy for a puppy or dog

Here’s what you will need to buy to prepare for the arrival of your new puppy.

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What Clients say
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  • “Celia clearly has many years of puppy and dog training, handling and behaviour experience. I would definitely recommend her puppy classes to everyone as she covers quite a range of skills, in a relatively small group, which ensures that every participant is given equal time to learn and practice new skills.”
    —   Jan
  • “We attended puppy school with our American bully puppy coco, we had already had a terrible experience with another school who made us feel tidally uncomfortable and unwelcome with our puppy. Puppy school Hollywood could not have been more different, Sarah was a fantastic tutor and a real supporter of Coco, encouraging us when the muzzle made exercises that bit more tricky and thinking up modifications so Coco was never left out. We were introduced to the class and the explanation of why Coco was wearing a muzzle was done in a way that we didn’t feel in any way uncomfortable and the other puppy parents were reassured. Thank you so much for giving our very restricted puppy the opportunity to be ‘normal’, I can’t articulate what an impact it had.”
    —   Frances
  • “The training was invaluable in helping me to ensure Toby developed new skills as he grew into the confident, well behaved pup that he is. The training taught me how to be a successful puppy parent, and we are both looking forward to starting puppy college. ”
    —   Mary
  • “Absolutely loved it, learnt so much and Crunchie loved it to. Will miss it so will hopefully book on to the next stage”
    —   Laura
  • “Attending puppy school had allowed Ozzy to learn new skills. During the classes Sarah and Adam were very friendly and always on hand to offer good advice and tips. They were also very understanding of Ozzy's needs as he can be a nervous at times.”
    —   Susan