Whether you are looking for kennel advice, training tips or dog wellbeing recommendations, we’re here to help. We’re a small, friendly team and over the years have picked up lots of wise advice from experts that we work with, right through to you, our customers. This is one of our many highlights of the job! With this in mind, we thought we would create a space to share our knowledge and answer our most frequently received questions, we gather if one person is asking us, there must be at least ten people thinking about it!
First up, let’s look at the most popular questions for November:
How do I find a breeder?
We’ve been asked this a lot recently as the pandemic has sparked a puppy buying spree. For breeders this is good news, however, we are aware that with your hunting dog you want to get the best of the best and with the latest demand for puppies, you wouldn’t want to fall into the crowd. We would urge you not to rush this, and here the internet will be your best friend. Search for names and addresses of the breeder, the main thing to check is their credentials and if they are accredited. You can then follow this with reviews, but be aware, they may be fixed.
Word of mouth is also useful in this situation, we recommend asking at your local gundog club or posting this question on their notice boards and social media. After all the people who have most recently bought a new puppy will be the best to point you in the right direction. We would also recommend looking for a breeder who has a Field Trial Champion (FTCH), they may be extra money on top of your budget, but in our experience are always worth it.
We can recommend The Kennel Club, which has the best online search directory around, allowing you to find your top quality, local breeders. All of the breeders listed meet all the scheme requirements and hold current UKAS certificates. Basically, they have collated all the information you need, The Kennel Club has done the hard work, so you don’t have to!
Hot tip – once you have found your breeder always look into the sire as well. This is the second port of call to the breeder and is an important factor in your puppies personality. They will have a big influence on your puppy’s character and hunting and/or retrieving instincts.
How can I upgrade my kennel for this time of year?
With the colder months, it’s important to ensure your dogs are warm, this is why we recommend upgrading with insulation. We can provide the right type for your structure and install this for you, simply contact us with your preferences. We also offer Onduline roofing, a great option for this time of year, this offers better protection against the cold, harsh elements of winter. This is a much stronger, durable option compared to traditional felt and one to consider.
If you would like to discuss more on the above questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch!