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Why do working dogs love our food?

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At Alpha, we pride ourselves on making high-quality dog food that working dogs not only love, but that keeps them fit and healthy, keeping them ready to tackle their working day.

Alpha pet foods contain only the finest ingredients combined to create optimum nutritional advantage. Most of our ingredients are locally produced to guarantee, quality, freshness and traceability…and we only source vitamins and other supplements from the most reputable suppliers.

The Alpha range suits a wide variety of working dogs, with four categories which are suited to how active your working dog is.

Our first category is: Less Active – Rest/Play/Senior

Dog foods for less active dogs provide controlled energy sources for working dogs at rest and seniors.

  • Alpha Worker Maintenance – 19% protein and 8% oil
  • Alpha Sensitive – 20% protein and 10% oil

Our second category is: Active – Training/Working
Complete recipes that provide the balanced nutrition required by active dogs.

  • Alpha Adult Maintenance Sporting Dog – 22% protein and 10% oil
  • Alpha Sensitive Extra – 25% protein and 12% oil

Our third category is: Very Active – Racing/Competing
Nutritionally formulated to help promote healthy muscle development and deliver boundless energy and stamina to cope with the most demanding and challenging events.

  • Alpha High Performance – 32% protein and 20% oil
  • Alpha Racer – 28% protein and 15% oil

And finally, we have: Puppy/Junior

A range of high-quality Alpha dog food that has been specially adapted to suit younger dogs:

  • Alpha Sporting Puppy – 29% protein and 17% oil
  • Alpha Junior and Active Field Nuggets – 25% protein and 12% oil

Working dogs love our food because of the fresh ingredients and the balanced proteins, oils and carbohydrates for enhanced stamina and work rate. This food is designed to keep dogs active, to keep their energy levels high, and to keep them happy and healthy.

Plus, within each category, we offer a sensitive option that contains no soya or dairy, no artificial colours or flavours, and are wheat gluten free:

  • High Performance
  • Sensitive
  • Sensitive Extra
  • Sporting Puppy

To find your nearest stockist, click this link: https://www.alphafeeds.com/online-stockist/

Or if you have any questions about our products, please contact our team directly on 0161 7900487 and we’ll be happy to help.

Spotlight on a working dog breed: Border Terriers

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A Border Terrier is an obedient, affectionate, easily trained, and relatively low maintenance working dog breed, closely related to the Bedlington and Dandie Dinmont.

Their coat is naturally dirt repellent, they don’t tend to snore or drool and they are less aggressive than other traditional terriers. Although bred to work, these are dogs that love being part of the family, so human contact is a must.

Fact file:

  • Lifespan – 12 – 15 years
  • Height – Males 27 cm, Females 25 cm
  • Weight – Males 5 – 6 kg, Females 4 – 5 kg
  • The border accounts for 25% of the 28,000 terriers registered with the KC in 2011.

Intelligent

Like most working dogs, Border Terriers are highly intelligent and quickly learn directions and cues. Bred for jobs that require lots of decision making and concentration skills, such as rat hunting, these dogs are highly intelligent and need to regularly exercise their brains.

Working role

They were originally bred to go long distances and run alongside horses in hunts, they also had to be strong and stout to control foxes. They have always been bred for their working qualities and are skillful underground (digging and tunnelling) as well as above ground (chasing and tracking). 

Friendly

Border Terriers are happy dogs who generally get along well with everyone from children to strangers. They are vocal around new people and unfamiliar noises but then their friendliness will take over once they are comfortable. They are happiest when part of the family, around humans.

Easy to groom

These dogs have hard, wiry coats that enable them to withstand wet and cold, and they come in four main colour variations; red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, and wheaten. Periodic stripping (every five to six months) will keep your dog looking neat and tidy.

High energy

Border Terriers have a powerful drive to hunt and dig, as well as an energy level that enables them to keep up with hunters on horseback. They have also been known to chase, attack and even kill neighbourhood cats, squirrels or other small animals due to their strong instincts.

Companionship

Border Terriers thrive when they’re with their people and aren’t meant to live outdoors with little human interaction. They are best described as wonderful companions who play hard and love harder.

Adaptable

These dogs are quite adaptable to different circumstances, possibly due to the huge mixture of similar breeds. Country Life describes them best, as: “Less bouncy than the Jack Russell, more rugged than the Norfolk, more assertive in stance than the Dandie Dinmont or the Bedlington-to which he’s related-and more cuddly-looking than his neighbour, the Lakeland, the border’s pansy-shaped face, wise, dark eyes and pepper-and-salt markings give him the enquiring, professorial air of an otter poking its whiskers above the water.” Perfection.

History

Did you know that the border terrier may well be one of the oldest terriers in Great Britain? As seen in many of the great hunt paintings, they have been used as a hunt terrier by the border Foxhounds since 1869. They were recognised as a breed by the British Kennel Club in 1920 with the formation of the Border Terrier Club and, although never having reached the ring-show popularity of other terriers, they have remained very true to their original form and function.

For any information on our range of working dog food and your local stockists, click here or get in touch with us on +44(0) 844 800 2234.

How to use treats to train your dog

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Food is one of the most powerful motivators for dogs which is why it is such an effective tool when used in obedience training – it can be one of the best ways to reinforce positive behaviour and makes learning much more enjoyable for them.

Some trainers argue that treats are only suited for non-professional trainers, but there are numerous training books that support the method, particularly when your dog is first learning.

Treats can help build positive reinforcement when introducing tools such as a whistle and when your dog is young enough to be distracted more easily, but remember that treat training doesn’t have to be long term – it can simply help your dog get to grips with what you’re asking to do.

So, here are some rules and tips which could help you out when training your working dog with treats:

  1. Treats should be small and quick to eat
    The edible rewards you use should depend on your dog and how much reward you want to give it, however we recommend choosing treats that can be broken up, free from artificial additives and tasty such as our training treats – they are also wheat gluten free.
  2. Reward during a calm state
    If food excites your dog then remember to wait for it to calm down before rewarding with a treat. We want to reinforce calm behaviour rather than excitable.
  3. Reinforce rather than bribe
    Use treats between verbal praise and affection. The goal is to not have to bribe your dog with proof of a treat every time, but to reinforce the good behaviour after reacting well to instruction.
  4. Reward each step, not just the finale
    Rewarding progress is a great way of saying to your dog “yes, that was good!”, even if the entire command wasn’t met. They will eventually work out which reactions are good and get ever closer to the goal.
  5. Introduce a whistle or clicker
    If you’re worried about overdoing the treats or becoming a distraction for other dogs with treats in your pockets, then you can introduce a whistle or clicker alongside a treat. Then slowly fade out the treats until the dog understands what that clicker or whistle noise means.

How to improve your dog’s recall

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Stopping an errant dog and getting it to come back is one of the biggest challenges of gundog training. Losing control of your dog can not only be embarrassing but it can cause harm to any game animals it’s chasing, and can even put your dog’s life in danger.

It doesn’t take a dog long to learn that they can outrun you, and their basic hunting instincts are incredibly strong, so it can be extremely useful to have the following recall tricks up your sleeve:

Start early

It’s a fact that dogs learn more in their first sixteen weeks than the rest of their life. It is at this time that they are at their most receptive, soaking up information and experiences like sponges so it is important during this stage that they learn their own name. Learning tends to be permanent when taught at this age, but if that time has passed don’t worry, not all is lost!

Use a lead to start basic training

When you first start lead training, it is important to start in an enclosed space as this will give your dog enough freedom to learn and yet keeps you firmly in control. As the dog gains understanding of what you’re asking, you can allow it more and more freedom. Cues and rewards help with this training, and details of each are listed below.

Use loud hearing cues such as a whistle

There are some obvious benefits to using a dog whistle for dog recall. For one, whistle sounds travel much further than that of the human voice, especially on windy days and they don’t show emotion or panic, unlike the human voice. It also provides consistency when helping your dog to learn.

Reward good behaviour

The best way to your dog’s heart is through its stomach, and giving them high-value treats shows them that they’ve done a good job. However, all dogs are different and whilst most dogs would take a food based treat as a reward, others may prefer to be rewarded in another way e.g. by playing with a ball.

Never punish bad behaviour

It can be very frustrating to lose control of your dog, but any punishment upon their (eventual) return could be very confusing. The last thing you want to do is give you dog fewer reasons to return, so always reward a dog when it recalls successfully. Keep enforcing that positive behaviour.

Caring for your working ferret

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The care that working ferrets need comes in two forms, physical and mental. As very intelligent animals, they need a secure place to live and lots of mental and physical activity to stop them from getting bored.

Ferrets are exceptionally clean animals which means their living quarters should be cleaned regularly. Because of their tendency to dig, their cage, hutch or court should be kept as secure as possible too.

Living quarters – Inside or outside?

Ferrets are happy both inside and outside. Keeping them inside is a great way to build a bond, especially if you have a lone working ferret. However, if you have multiple ferrets, an outside hutch or purpose-built court with a concrete floor might be the best way to ensure your ferrets can’t escape, or get places they shouldn’t. If building your own court, it should be high enough for you to stand up in.

Feeding and nutrition

Ferrets, like most animals have their own specific dietary requirements. They are obligate carnivores and their good health depends on the quality of their diet. They have such a rapid metabolism and wake up to eat about every four hours. Fresh water and food should always be readily available for them.

Ferrets require a concentrated diet to receive all the calories and nutrients they need to stay fit and healthy as they never eat huge amounts in one go. A ferret’s diet should be high in protein and energy, and low in fibre.

Exercise and play

Putting a short length of drain pipe in the hutch is a good idea to encourage ferrets to go into dark holes. Remember to never force them in, or they may develop a fear.

Ferrets need plenty of variety and stimulation to prevent them from getting bored. They love playing with small balls and tubes that can be used as tunnels too. There are many accessories out on the market but, if you are creative, you can make your own versions using household items or items from the shed.

Handling and care

When handling your ferret it is important to make sure they feel comfortable and secure. It is best to hold them under their front legs. It is also important to check your ferrets’ claws regularly as the front claws grow very quickly. Your ferret will probably not get much chance to wear them down by digging, so it is up to you to clip their claws.

What other jobs are working dogs used for?

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Jobs for working dogs have changed dramatically over the centuries. Their roles began with all sorts of simple, practical tasks, such as helping their human companions with hunting, fishing, herding and farming. More recently, dogs have been set tasks and jobs that majorly help humans, often changing their lives for the better or even saving lives.

Health and Social Care:

From assisting people with disabilities to guiding the visually impaired and detecting life-threatening diseases at early stages, these are just a few ways our canine companions work to save lives every day. Germans shepherds are the most commonly used breeds as they are particularly skilled when it comes to detection.

How do dogs detect diseases?

Dogs can identify tiny odour concentrations of around one per part trillion. That’s the equivalent of one spoon of sugar in two Olympic-sized swimming pools. This is how dogs are able to detect even minor changes in human odour that are often triggered by a medical issue.

Diabetes:

The majority of Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are used to detect diabetes. Trained to detect minute changes in blood sugar levels, when these levels fall or rise outside the normal range the dogs will warn their owner, get help and fetch any vital medical supplies.

Nut allergies:

Other Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to detect the air-borne allergens in an environment, and then alert their client to the dangerous trigger.

Cancer:

Medical detection dogs are carrying out an NHS ethically approved study with their ability to detect urological cancers using their sense of smell. They have the ability to detect breast cancer and the potential to detect other cancers such as lung and colorectal cancers.

Conservation Dogs:

Recently, conservation dogs have been working to detect endangered species which have a low detection probability, such as great crested newts. Being a protected species, their disturbance or destruction is illegal.

How dogs help:

Clearing areas of protected and endangered species can be costly and time consuming. Working closely with the construction industry and ecologists, specially trained detection dogs can make this process quicker, more efficient and more cost effective.

Detecting Harmful/Rare Substances:

German shepherds and the Malinois are particularly skilled when it comes to sniffing out and detecting alcohol, drugs and firearms. These skills also come in handy when it comes to looking for something hidden as their noses can lead us to places that we would struggle to find otherwise.

Training:

It’s important to note that working dogs take a lot of training in order to follow directions, even if they are simply doing what comes naturally to them.

Breeds that are bred to be working dogs require a lot of patience and training. They also require much more mental and physical stimulation than other breeds, but the things they can achieve with the right training are incredible.

For information on our range of working dog food and your local stockists, click here or get in touch with us on +44(0) 844 800 2234.

Spotlight on a working dog breed: Border Collie

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A Border Collie is not only a very popular working dog breed, it’s also the 12th most popular breed of all dogs and it’s not hard to see why.

Not only are they exceptionally easy to train, highly intelligent and don’t shed much compared to some dogs, but they are also known to be great around children and other animals.

Fact file:

  • Lifespan – 10 – 14 years
  • Height – Males 48 – 56 cm, Females 46 – 53 cm
  • Weight – Males 14 – 20 kg, Females 12 – 19 kg
  • Pedigree Breed – Yes – KC Recognised in the Pastoral Group

Most intelligent breed

Their intelligence is really what sets them apart from other breeds in this field.

They rank at number one for intelligence, out of seventy-nine other breeds and are known to be the best herding dog on the planet. For generations, the Border Collie has worked alongside shepherds and love being outside, challenged and exercised.

Once trained, Collies rarely get it wrong and when they focus on an owner or handler, it is usually very hard to break the dog’s focus.

Movement

Border Collies are very energetic, moving freely and smoothly with the minimum of effort. This gives them the accurate appearance of both speed and stealth, especially when herding.

They are incredibly agile dogs, winning many canine sporting activities for their agility skills.

Temperament

As history shows, Collies boast an extremely strong instinct to work alongside man, always ready and alert to any commands they are given. They are patient too, and are good with authority, children and other animals.

Working dog roles

Not only do these dogs work to herd flocks of sheep, but they are a popular choice for search and rescue dogs, as well as tracker and sniffer dogs too.

Pack mentality

Border Collies tend to form a very strong bond with one person in particular. They will always be friendly and affectionate to the rest of the household too.

Prey drive

Herding is a trait that’s deeply embedded in a Collie’s psyche. They have a high prey drive and will chase an animal whether large or small, not necessarily to hurt it, but because they feel the need to. It is important that each Collie understands the “recall” command, and will obey it in an instant, otherwise it’s not wise to let one loose around livestock.

For any more information on our range of working dog food and your local stockists, click here or get in touch with us on +44(0) 844 800 2234.

How to cope with puppy’s first night at home

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In the stressful experience of suddenly being surrounded by a new environment and by new people, it’s important to make your puppy feel safe, welcome and comfortable in their new home.

Reduce changes where possible

Even if you plan on changing your puppy’s diet further down the line, it is important not to make too many changes at once. Familiar food will be a comfort to your puppy in this new strange place.

Give them room to breathe

Your puppy will love to know that you are close by and there to protect them, but it’s also important to let them explore their new environment and let them know they have a quiet space to go to if they need it.

Create a puppy-proof area

Although the house should be well prepared for your new companion, providing your puppy with a secure room or creating a pen that isn’t around any furniture and safety away from mischief will buy you some much-needed peace of mind.

Keep them entertained

Provide your puppy with new toys to explore, giving them a nice range to play with will make them feel less lonely and will divert their attention away from missing their litter mates.

Be prepared for accidents

Puppies don’t develop real bladder control until they are a few months old. Regardless of previous habits, your house will be a brand new environment and they will need to learn where the boundaries are. Placing puppy pads close to doorways can help to train them to get closer to their outside toilet area.

Introduce other pets slowly

Puppies often have a lot more energy than other household pets. If you have older dogs or cats, it’s a good idea to introduce them slowly and let your puppy get used to the environment before also learning how to behave around less enthusiastic animals.

Following these steps will help to create a smooth first night for you and your puppy.

5 husky facts

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Life with a Siberian Husky is fun, exhilarating and sometimes very, very frustrating.

This can be a challenging breed and they are certainly not the right dog for everyone. A lot of people are drawn to their stunning looks but Siberians are so much more than a pretty face. They are athletes, magicians, acrobats, opera singers, demolition experts and the cheerful slayers of mice, frogs and birdies.

Fact One: They are born to run

Siberians are hard-wired to run and to pull and to be part of a team (even if you are the only other member). It satisfies what is a very basic yearning in them. Rather than fight it, the happiest Siberian owners are the ones who roll with it, and allow their dogs to give them a taste of a life less ordinary, a million miles away from work, bills and the daily grind.

Your husky was born to be a sled dog. He wasn’t born to walk nicely to heel, be an agility star (unless it’s inconveniently of his own choosing – see Fact 3) or be a status symbol. Some of them can, and do, enjoy other activities but these activities have to be carefully tailored to take into account you’re dealing with a sled dog whose ancestors were carefully selected for generations pretty much only to run as far, and as fast, as possible.

You don’t have to head to the tundra or snow covered plains to do this. Happy sled dogs in the UK run on dry land pulling three wheeled rigs (in a team) or a bike or scooter (on their own). Some energetic owners even harness their dogs to themselves and run (cani-cross).

Fact Two: They are interior designers and garden re-modellers.

Siberian Huskies can have their moments of being extremely and randomly destructive. These moments are not always predictable or fathomable. Think six years of perfect behaviour then suddenly you come home to no wallpaper and a pile of sawdust where your coffee table used to be.

Couple this with their fairly unique theory of property ownership and you will often find yourself hunting for one of your shoes in the garden and not always being thrilled with the state it’s in when you find it.

Many huskies take digging to an advanced form a civil engineer would be proud of, and this is not necessarily always done outdoors. A friend’s dog lost his favourite ball underneath the sofa but it was okay as he dug through the cushions and base to retrieve it.

The sled dog determination that enables them to run for miles in challenging environments also makes them so cheerfully determined to overcome obstacles that many people have come home to find husky shaped holes in the interior doors, eaten window frames or whole sections of plaster board removed from partition walls.

Many people put this undesirable behaviour down to boredom or lack of stimulation but it’s equally often just a husky’s pragmatic approach to problem solving.

Fact Three: The Littlest Hobo had nothing on most Siberians

Huskies like to keep one eye on the far horizon and to them, yes, the grass is always greener on the other side of whatever is in their way. This is an advantage when it comes to travelling with your dogs as they are never happier than when being loaded into a vehicle for another exciting road trip but it also gives them an unfortunate degree of dangerous wanderlust.

Off lead activity is never a good idea for Siberians unless they are in a fully enclosed area (although still be careful as to some Siberians “fully enclosed” presumably comes across as some kind of a challenge) and they are quick to take advantage of even the unlikeliest escape route or split second of owner carelessness.

I chased a Siberian around the village in my pyjamas because a 28kg dog squeezed through a hedgehog sized break in the chain link fence. They appear to be able to dislocate their body to do this sort of thing.

You can usually spot the garden of a Siberian owner (and not just because of its moonscape nature and lack of natural lawn). The vast majority of Sibes need maximum security fencing designed, planned and then later reinforced and reinforced again with the understanding that if they do not try to dig under it or barge through it, they will at some point attempt to go over it.

Fact Four: Shed Happens

Most Siberians do not constantly lose bits and pieces of their coats so, yes, the good news is there are occasional times during the year when you can wear black trousers that are not made of leather or plastic.

However, this is more than compensated by the fact most Siberians blow their entire coats out once or twice a year and lose about 16 normal dogs’ worth of the kind of fluff that can penetrate solid objects.

These are the terrible times you eat and breathe dog coat and most of your hot drinks start with picking a stray hair or two off your tongue. Even if your dogs are not allowed upstairs, your bedroom carpet will still be coated in it and your vacuum cleaner has probably burned itself out by this point. I’m far too dogged-up to be even remotely house proud but shedding can reduce even me to tears, especially when you are inexplicably unblocking soggy dog hair out of the plughole (do they even ever go near the sink?).

Like with most things Siberian, there appears to be little rhyme or reason with the shedding, at least to UK resident dogs who we appear to have confused out of any reasonable seasonal coat growth pattern. It is July as I write this and the temperature has been bouncing around the mid to high 20s this past few weeks and I have dogs who are down to their underwear and dogs who have gloriously full coats. The same thing happens in winter.

Fact Five: Maria Callas has Nothing on Them

Huskies are mercurial creatures who can change in seconds from being so utterly standoffish you think you might have offended him, to a wildly, waggy furball who greets you with frantic relief after you’ve been in the shower for five minutes. I think this is largely because anything outside of their sled dog hard wiring (me run, pull, run), they are basically winging.

This consistent inconsistency extends to their vocal abilities. While generally the neighbour’s Jack Russell or Rottie will be 10 times noisier (and definitely more annoying), when a Siberian decides to exercise his vocal chords, you’re going to know about it. While huskies are not overly barky dogs (although they can and do bark at times, especially if unsure about something), they mostly like to sing. Like all amateur karaoke artists, not all of them are particularly good at it. While some produce a soulful, lilting howl, others sound like strangled cats (although in their heads I’m sure they are hearing the melodic call of the wildest wolf). Like wolves, however, Siberians tend to howl to call the pack together. As their pack usually includes you, you might find you’re greeted on the way in from work or sent on your way in the morning by a bit of a sing song.

As well as howling, they can be quite chatty and vocal in other ways. Happy Sibes like to tell you exactly how they are feeling with a wide range of wooing and will often engage in a very animated two way conversation with you.

As their level of excitement rises, so does the pitch. My own dogs are most excited about running and eating. Harnessing these dogs to run sometimes deafens you (thankfully we are in the middle of a forest at those times) and food preparation has to be carried out like a kitchen ninja before they hear a bit of kibble hit a metal dish and start to shriek their anticipation.

The bonus sixth fact is that in spite of all of the above, they will steal your heart. Yes, they might trash your garden, empty your bank account and cut down casual social visits to your home by about 90% but they will definitely and permanently steal your heart.

(This blog has been kindly written by Mel Hannan of Mystic Charoite Racing)

Spotlight on Labradors: why are they so popular?

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Labrador Retrievers…the nation’s most popular breed of retriever. In fact, they are also the most popular breed in the US too! Not only do they make great companions in the home, but they also make excellent guide dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs, and of course gun dogs.

Labradors as gun dogs…

Labrador retrievers are traditionally coloured black, yellow or chocolate brown, and are packed with reactive instincts that make them brilliant working dogs. The primary purpose of a working Labrador is to venture out with its owner and help them during shooting. It is the responsibility of the Labrador to retrieve the shot bird and bring it back to its owner.

Labradors are extremely athletic, and they are naturally gifted swimmers due to their otter-like tails, their webbed feet and their water-resistant double coats. They have strong noses and are very courageous meaning they are a great companion to have with you during shooting season. Labradors are also extremely agile creatures: they are focussed and able to remain alert throughout the entire process. They are extremely intelligent and have a huge desire and willingness to please their owners, making them a perfect gun dog.

Working Labradors have a tough job, and just like us, they need fuel to be able to complete their duties. Alpha Feeds has a vast range of different working dog recipes available to buy, with proteins ranging from 19% to 32% and oils ranging from 8% to 20% ensuring there is a recipe suitable to give your dog the nutrition they need to support you whatever the season.

For any more information on our range of working dog food and your local stockists, click here or get in touch with us on +44(0) 844 800 2234.

Bringing your puppy home for the first time

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So, you’re about ready to bring home your new puppy? This is an exciting time for everyone but remember, it can be extremely overwhelming for your new furry friend, and so it is vital you welcome him to the family very carefully.

Every puppy is different and so may respond differently, but we have put together a small guide on how to manage the first day at home with your new companion, so as to try and make this transition as smooth and positive as possible:

  • It is important to first remember your puppy has just left behind both his mother and his littermates. He is now faced with having to adjust to a new home full of different smells and different faces. He will get used to this, but on his first day, he definitely needs a little time to adjust.
  • Before you bring him into the house, take him outside to his allocated toilet spot and allow him to relieve himself. It is important to immediately begin the toilet training routine as this will help him learn quicker.
  • When you get inside, show him his new home, as after all – this is his new home! Limit this to one or two rooms initially so as not to overwhelm him and remember, you must supervise him. You’ll be amazed at the amount of mischief a puppy can get themselves into. Also, don’t forget to introduce them to their own space, and if possible use a blanket from their old bed to put in their new one so it feels familiar.  Remember, puppies don’t need to be taught when bedtime is, so let them sleep as and when they need to.
  • Remember to check with the breeder/rescue centre what food they have been giving the pup – a change in environment and food could potentially be extremely stressful for your puppy and so it may be best to maintain the diet they are used to, at least for the first week or so.
  • Taking a puppy home for the first time will present all kinds of learning curves, and it will be a journey for you both to learn how to adapt to one another. It may feel impossible on day one, but your puppy will soon become the most loved member of your family! And obviously the most adorable one.

One last thing – don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Getting a new puppy is meant to be fun, and it is absolutely ok to be excited!

If you do need any more information or advice regarding bringing your puppy home for the first time, please get in touch today on +44 (0)844 800 2234.

Alpha Feeds award sponsorship to Chase Ferret Rescue

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In April, leading dog and ferret food brand Alpha Feeds launched a competition on Facebook to win £500 worth of sponsorship.   The competition was open to any dog or ferret-related charity or working group, with the sponsorship being a £500 supply of food for whichever bunch of furry friends they deal with.

Alpha Feeds are delighted to announce that the winner of the competition was Staffordshire based charity Chase Ferret Rescue, with the charity receiving £500 worth of Alpha’s premium ferret food.

Chase Ferret Rescue was founded in 2000 by Angela and Christopher Taylor, with the aim to help ferrets in need, from stray to mistreated, as well as offering boarding services.  Angela has been keeping ferrets since 1998 with the guidance of her father who at the time, had been keeping working ferrets for around 30 years.  As time passed by, they found more and more people in the local area taking ferrets to them for advice and care, so they decided to open Chase Ferret Rescue, a fully-fledged ferret rescue centre.

“Thank you so much for this opportunity,” Angela said upon being informed about her competition win.  “The £500 worth of ferret food will help the rescue centre so much, more than most would imagine.  The money we will save by not having to buy any ferret food for a period of time will help us save for a new run, and then eventually a new shed for our ferrets.  These items can be very expensive, and as we are a charity having the spare funds for these items is very rare.”

Dave Tinker, National Sales Manager for Alpha Feeds said,

“We are very pleased to be able to help an organisation such as Chase Ferret Rescue.  We recognise the incredible work they do for ferrets in their area, and understand that finding funds for improvements in order for them to maintain the high level of work they do is often quite hard for a charity.  The sponsorship we have awarded will hopefully go a long way to help with that.”