What Dog? service

How to: Find a Puppy; Find A Dog; Choose a Dog

Where do you start?  Have you and your family never owned a dog, but you have decided that you would love to have one?  Or your children are pestering you for a dog and they absolutely adore a particular breed, but you are not sure if it is the right one for you?  Or you think want to get a dog but aren’t sure about going through the ‘whole puppy thing’?  Don’t worry, I can help you!

“This service helps first time dog owners get the right dog for them, saving a lot of stress and potential heart-break later on, should that dog not be right for them.”

find a puppyI have had dogs virtually my whole life.  I grew up with dogs and as soon as I stopped working full-time I took on a dog.  So it’s hard for me to imagine a life without dogs.

What are the steps to getting a dog?

I have talked about some of these in detail on my Puppy Buying Checklist. Other issues are covered elsewhere on this site.  But in summary:

  1. Can you fit a dog into your life?
  2. What kind of dog would suit this lifestyle?
  3. What type of dog do you like?
  4. Do you want an older dog or a puppy?
  5. Do you want a pedigree or a crossbreed?
  6. Do you want to buy from a breeder or a rescue?
  7. How do you find a good breeder?
  8. Which puppy should you have from the litter?
  9. What should you do to prepare for your puppy?
  10. What do you need to do once your puppy has arrived?

How can I help?

It’s all a bit of a minefield, so having someone on board to provide advice and support can save you a lot of heartache and money!  Of course, you might think that Google can provide all the answers.  The Kennel Club have plenty of resources, providing information on many aspects of finding and owning a dog.  But quite simply, I can help you with ALL the above steps.

Nothing beats talking to an actual person.  Someone who will ask you questions and challenge your thinking. Please CONTACT ME. 

One customer said:

“I really appreciated your input. Even though I had done some research and located the puppy, it was really reassuring to have someone experienced to go to for extra advice and an oversight into the dog that I wouldn’t otherwise have had. I would happily recommend your service to others.” 

 Examples of help given

Case Study 1:  I really want a dog but my child is scared of them?

Initially, I thought an older dog, such as a retired greyhound might suit them.  I visited the family and took my Pets As Therapy dog with me.  I realised almost immediately that the reason the child was scared was because the father was pretty terrified of dogs.  I discovered he had been bitten by a stray dog AND a rabid dog.  He was doing well to manage himself, but the children had picked up on his unease (and dislike of) dogs.  I recommended that they did not get a dog, unless dad’s fear could be transformed.  He thought he would be able to cope, but seeing him with my dog, I knew he would really struggle.

find a puppy choose a dogCase Study 2: I want a rescue female collie to replace one I have just lost

I have suggested that if you have a male collie already, another male might be a better fit.  Two males will usually get along really well.  This has enabled her to widen her search. I have recommended some reputable rescue centres to her and been able to match her up with someone looking to re-home a lovely dog.

Case Study 3:  I want a collie puppy because they are intelligent and I have a 5 year-old son with special needs, and an 8 year-old

I have recommended that she consider a more placid, robust breed, such as a Labrador.  Collies can be highly strung and are usually demanding, so might just add to the workload!

As you can see from the summaries given here, it’s not about me trying to home my puppies.  I am providing advice based on my life’s experience of being around dogs.

“A personal service from an experienced breeder, to help you make a decision which will affect you and your family for a long time.  Getting it wrong isn’t an option, for me or the dog.”


Why not get in touch and see how I can help you find the right dog for you?  I will send you a form, to get you thinking about your circumstances and the kind of dog that might work for you.   I am happy to talk to you over the phone or by email.  I can come and see you (20 mile radius from my house) or you can come to me.  I charge a one-off consultation fee of £100.  This could save you thousands of pounds and a great deal of heartache. Please get in touch now!  


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