News & Events

16 May 2008
A win for "teacup" pups in L.A.
After months of protest the Posh Puppy store in Beverly Hills has decided to stop selling puppies. The real winners are the teacup pups, who were being supplied to the store by puppy mills....
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1st June 2008
NHSPCA raises 90,000 at the 16th annual Pet Fest!
Proceeds go directly to help the 4,000 unwanted, neglected and abused animals that the NHSPCA places annually.
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Doggonit

Northfield, NH
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Getting a new puppy?


When choosing a breed you must think about many things: Size, Temperament, Grooming needs, Activity level, Health issues.. Here I have broken each of these down to hopefully answer some of these questions. If you feel over whelmed I also offer help finding a breed that is right for your family.

Keep in mind that your new dog will be a part of your life for the next 10-15 years!


Activity Level:

How much time will you have to exercise and play with your dog? Do you live in a small apartment? Do you have small children? Do you want a laid-back dog, or a bouncy, energetic one? DO NOT choose by looks or simply go by how popular it is. Not every breed is right for every family. When looking at breeds, think about WHY they were bred. What is their job? (Example: herding, hunters…) This will help determine the energy level of the dog.

I like to use the Labrador retriever as an example. The lab is one of the most popular breeds; therefore everyone thinks they must be perfect for their family. But I cannot tell you how many people regret their decision after about 2 years. They realize that their lab is NEVER going to “calm down”! This is because the Lab was bred to have a HUGE amount of energy in order to retrieve. When a normal family gets a lab and sticks them in the house all day, they have nothing to do with all this energy! A lab is perfect for a hiker or hunter but not so perfect for a mother with 4 children and no time for daily exercise.

Another good example is the Corgi or a Border collie. Yes, they are adorable, but they need the right kind of household. Think about it….The Corgi was bred to herd. Therefore, they have a HUGE amount of energy…they were bred to run around sheep ALL DAY EVERYDAY. If they are not running around sheep all day what do they do with all their pent up energy?! Border collies or Corgis have a high herding drive, meaning they have an instinct to herd everything! For example, one owner has told me that her Corgi will herd all of her children into the middle of their kitchen! This is not uncommon, they love to herd and that is what they were bred to do! Herding dogs are not for everyone, they are especially not good for families who cannot allow an outlet for their instincts.

Also, do not expect because you have a “large fenced in yard” that you will be giving your dog daily exercise. That is NOT the way to exercise your dog! After about a week of exploring the yard…it becomes nothing but a big kennel.

When dogs have so much pent up energy and nothing to do with it this is when we run into destructive problems such as digging, ruining furniture, chewing on things…it is not the dog’s fault…it is the owner’s fault for choosing the wrong breed. They are bored! It is not fair for the dog or the frustrated family! So think very long and hard about what kind of activity level your household has and pair that to the breed.

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