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How to be the ideal puppy buyer - and more!

I came across Jon Buscall and Kennel Björkwood through Twitter. Jon is a Basset Hound breeder in Sweden, and I am currently arranging a good time to interview him for DogCast Radio. Jon has lots of interesting insights into being a dog breeder, and of course we are often told that the Swedish Kennel Club is a great role model for any Kennel Club to look to. One of Jon's recent blog posts is titled The Ideal Puppy Purchaser and is well worth reading. Many of us approach breeders to buy a puppy, and most of us are thinking about things from our viewpoint. It looks very different from a breeder's point of veiew, and reading this blog will help you think things through, and learn how you can show a breeder that you are worthy of giving one of their puppies a home.

Some people get offended when breeders ask them a lot of questions, but this is a good sign. You are looking for a breeder who cares about their dogs, and so it follows that they are going to be choosy about who their pups go to live with. So answer the questions as well as asking your own. Be guided by the breeder as to whether their breed, and specific puppies, are suited to you and your lifestyle. On that blog post from Jon Buscall, if you scroll down there is a very useful comment from Cat the Vet, Pet Street's resident vet. Her comment is a blog post of hers featuring questions to ask a breeder, and is extremely useful if you are looking for a good breeder.

Having mentioned St. Bernards in yesterday's post, I cam across an article in a newspaper about one hundred of the breed looking to be rehomed. The RSPCA rescued the dogs from a kennel last November, and they were in dreadful conditions. That's an awful lot of dogs to rehome. If you know of a St. Bernard fan or forum maybe you could let them know.

In the same newspaper I read an account by a woman who says her maternal instincts have been awoken and satisfied by her dog. It is interesting reading, and I know that I do look upon my dogs with some kind of parental attitude. They have many roles in my life, and though they are in no way child substitutes, I do feel protective of them. I've talked about this before - the fact that in many ways we fulfill the role of parent for our dogs, so it's no wonder many of refer to ourselves as mom or dad. Having said that I was nodding away whilst reading Charlie Clarricoates' opinions on how the French have got it right when it comes to dogs, in the magazine Your Dog. He reckons that the less indulgent attitude of the French results in better behaviour from their dogs.

So where do I really stand; softie mother figure, or stern disciplinarian? Indulgent - moi? never! Just ask Buddy-wuddy and Starry-woo, but don't disturb them while they nap on their dedicated dog sofa.

Take care,

Julie x


272 - dog AITA and having fun with your dog

In the first podcast of 2024, Julie considers some dog themed AITA questions from the Reddit site.Who are the goodies and who are the baddies of some canine conundrums? And here's a new year's resolution you can stick to - have fun with your dog! We have lots of suggestions from listeners about fun activities with your dog.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.