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Before You Get Your Dog

Bringing a dog into your home is a big challenge. Whether you get a puppy or an adult dog, a rescue or a dog from someone you know or a breeder, there are lots of things to consider.

Some things are pretty straight forward - do we have enough time, space, interest in having a dog. Others are more complex - do we have enough money to pay for food and care - if the dog is healthy but what if the dog needs veterinary care? Planning for unexpected issues is more difficult but it is the unexpected that causes dogs to be surrendered and euthanized in huge numbers.

Are you planning a family? Will your dog be a child-friendly pet? How can you be sure that happens?

What if your dog has behaviour issues? Do you have the time and financial resources to put into behavioural assessment and management?

What if you get transferred? Are you able to take the dog with you?

These are some of the most common reasons why dogs end up being unable to stay in their homes.

Two Brown Dogs staff are committed to helping everyone make informed decisions about getting a dog and helping you to be able to keep the dog in your home. We offer:

  1. Before You Get Your Dog - a monthly two-hour session full of ideas, tips and handouts for people considering bringing a dog into the home. Our trainers have a combined 12 dogs and we have seen a lot. Our Training Director alone has had 10 dogs since 1977. Let us share our experiences. 
  2. Free Puppy Play Group - we believe so strongly in the value of play groups we'll give you the first one free. Bring your puppy (we start at eight weeks of age) and see what play groups are all about. See our All Things Puppy Page for details.

Contact us for more information or to register.