Do's and Dont's

We often get asked questions by our families about what they should and shouldn't do with their puppies and dogs, so we thought the below may be useful resource. Please do contact us if there is something you are unsure about.



  • Start training basic obedience ASAP – especially recall

  • Reward good behaviour with praise, a toy or a small treat

  • Ensure you are giving them age appropriate food

  • Wash & dry your dog (especially paws) after a muddy walk

  • Replace mouthing with a toy/frozen carrot or if they continue to mouth simply walk away

  • In summer months, check for ticks


  • Take your puppy into public places until about at least 7-10 days after your puppy has had its second vaccination, at around 15 weeks

  • Walk your puppy for too long – five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown

  • Allow your puppy to go up or down stairs until they are 6 months

  • Feed your dog bones that may splinter – i.e. animal bones, certain brands of toy bones

  • Feed your dog foods that are dangerous to them, such as chocolate, avocado, onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, corn on the cob, macadamia nuts and alcohol

  • Let your dog “beg” for food

  • Shout at the puppy/dog if they do something wrong, there are more productive ways to discipline them

  • Turn bad habits into a game