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So you're thinking of getting a dog?

So you're thinking of getting a dog?

5th March 2012

There are lots of good reasons for inviting a dog to join the family; dogs make great companions, bring lots of joy to our lives, and some say help us live longer! Despite these benefits, the decision to get a dog should never be taken lightly. Betty Miller always recommends that you do lots of research before you decide if dog ownership is right for you. After all, a dog is for life. Or so it should be.

 Sadly, though, some dogs discover that their family isn’t for life. Each year, thousands of dogs become unwanted pets and are rehomed in rescue kennels, waiting for a new family to adopt them. 

Fortunately, many dogs are lucky and find adoring new homes – Betty Miller’s own dog Flint is one case in point. Flint was adopted by Betty last year and has not only become a great friend to Betty, but also an important member of Betty Miller team. Flint is now the Chief Taster for all new Betty Miller recipes!

Others are not so lucky. Through no fault of their own, the dog is adopted by a family who then discovers that their new four-legged companion takes more looking after than they’d ever imagined. So the poor dog is returned to the rescue kennels; another waiting game begins.

So if you’re thinking of getting a dog, then please do take lots of time to think about and research the answers to the following questions:

 -  What are my reasons for getting a dog?

-  What breed of dog is right for me?

-  Should I get a pup or adopt an older dog?

-  How will I know if I’m choosing a healthy, happy dog?

-  What is the best time of year to get a dog?

-  How do I help a new dog to settle into his/her new home?

-  How do I talk to my dog?

-  How do I train my dog?

-  How do I go about toilet-training?

-  How do I stop my dog pulling on it lead?

-  What games will my dog like?

-  How frequently should I wash and groom my dog?

-  Should I clean my dog’s teeth?

-  How long can I leave my dog on its own?

-  How do I introduce a new dog to other family members?

-  How do I train my dog to be well behaved?

Over the next few weeks, Betty's Blog will consider some of these important questions and provide helpful information and advice. If you have personal experience that you’d like to share, then you can join the debate on Betty Miller’s Facebook page You can also post your own questions here and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Finally, if you’re looking for a fantastic showcase of all things doggy, then there’s no better way than a trip to Crufts to learn about the wonderful world of dogs. Crufts 2012 will be held on 8th – 11th March at The NEC, Birmingham. For more information visit


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1 comment(s) posted.
What a fantasic blog. Very informative.
Lee Parker : posted Thursday 8th March 2012

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