Dog Care Advice

With all the loyalty, devotion and friendship that dogs offer it's easy to see why they're one of the UK's most popular choice of pets. Whether they're heading off with you for some fresh air, adventure and a good walk, or curled up at your feet for a relaxing doze, they make rewarding companions for many years to come.

Are you in need of some advice on what breed is right for you? Learn more by browsing our Dog Breed Guide.

Thinking About getting a Dog?

Get Puppy Smart

If you're thinking about getting a new puppy, there are lots of things to consider before getting a dog. We’re backing the RSPCA’s GetPuppySmart campaign that offers a wide range of helpful information, things to think about and guidance to help you give a home to a happy and healthy puppy that will bring many years of happiness to you and your new pet.

5 Simple Checks When Buying a Puppy

The RSPCA has asked us to share with Preloved members these 5 simple checks to ensure that you do not support this trade when buying your puppy.

Thinking about buying a pedigree dog?

Dogs like the pug, Chihuahua and the miniature dachshund are rising in popularity due to their small size and popularity with celebrities. But with this trend also comes the likelihood of rogue puppy traders cashing in on the act to make a quick buck.

Animal Rescues and Animal Sanctuaries on Preloved

If you're considering giving a forever home to a new dog or puppy, why not consider using an animal rescue or sanctuary to help you find the perfect match to suit your needs and lifestyle?

Advice When Choosing a Pedigree or Crossbreed

Not sure what breed to choose? Making sure you choose the right breed for you and your family is vital and it can be all too easy to pick a "designer" dog breed. Kennel Club give advice for when you are choosing which dog breed is for you.

Preloved's List of Dog Breed Guides!

Choosing the right breed of dog for you, your family and your lifestyle is one of the most important decisions you will have to make when looking to give a dog a forever home. To help you make the right choice, we have started collecting dog breed guides about the most popular breeds!

How to Prepare For a New Puppy

With their playful nature, wobbly walk and adorable little faces, it is far too easy to fall in love puppies. However, it is so important not to let the excitement of new puppy cloud your judgement on what to expect once they are part of your lives at home. We caught up with Dogs Trust to help give you some idea on what to expect when giving a puppy a home.

Puppy Smuggling: What You Need To Know

Dogs Trust have been working hard over the last couple of years to uncover the truth behind puppy smuggling. Keep reading to learn more about their findings, and to find out what you need to be aware of when looking to buy a puppy.

Checklist: Find the Right Puppy Breeder

To help you have the best chance of finding a responsible breeder, we got in touch with Dogs Trust to give you a checklist to follow when you are looking for your perfect puppy

Where's Mum?

When you are looking for a new puppy to add to your family, it is so important you ensure you buy your puppy from a reputable breeder. Viewing mum is essential - keep reading to learn why!

Rehoming your Dog

Think before advertising your pet for free

If you are considering advertising any pets and animals for re-homing on Preloved it is recommended that you don’t advertise them as being free to new owners.

Rehoming Your Pet

If you're looking to find a forever home for your dog, make sure any potential buyer can give the love, care and attention they will need for years to come - find out more.

Caring for your Dog

Advice on Neutering Dogs

Neutering is a commonplace operation that can prevent unwanted litters whilst also improving the long-term health prospects or thousands of pets.

Care Sheets for Dogs

Take some time to read the RSPCA's leaflet, 'How to Take Care of your Dog'

Microchipping for Pets

Microchipping is an inexpensive and easy method to help reunite you with your dog if it goes missing - find out more.

Advice on Electric Shock Dog Collars

Electric shock collars are becoming an increasingly popular way to train your dog. Learn more about how these training devices can be detrimental to your dog's mental health.

Dogs and Fireworks

With autumn comes firework season, and across the UK there will be some pets enduring long evenings of frightening bangs and flashes. If you have a dog, Blue Cross is here to give you advice on how you can help reduce their fear and stress levels during firework season.

Dog Health - Vet Q&A with MedicAnimal

Miss our live vet Q&A on dog health with MedicAnimal? Catch up here where you will learn about a variety of common concerns we have about our dog's health.

Caring For An Older Dog

When giving any pet a home, there will come a day when your pet reaches an elderly, more fragile age. That's not to say that all pets become very ill, just that they may require a little more TLC. Read more to learn how to care for your dog when during their senior years.

Get Your Dog Microchipped For Free!

In April 2016 it will become the law to have your dog microchipped with up to date contact information. Keep reading to find out more, and about how Dogs Trust are here to help all dog owners with pooches in need of a microchip!

Check List When Welcoming a New Dog Home

Bringing a new dog home can be a little over whelming, and it is easy to forget all the things you may need and should consider to help welcome them into their new family. Keep reading to learn more.

Caring For Dogs in Hot Weather

Dogs Trust are here to give you some valuable advice on how to get your dog safe and comfortable in warmer weather.

Give Us a Forever Home

Whichever dog you choose it will be looking for a Forever Home. A home giving all the love, care, security and attention they need every single day in the years ahead.

It's a big commitment. Yes, he might seem cute as a button now, but that puppy will get bigger (and so will his appetite). If it's pouring with rain, she still needs a good walk. And your slippers, rugs and chair legs? They might all get a good chewing over! Are you absolutely ready for all that?

Make sure you read all the advice and information here before finding a friend for life.

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