If you’re getting a dog for the first time, or you haven’t had one in years, there’s a lot to think about.

Sniff & Tickle’s “Guide to everything you wanted to know about a dog” will bring you up to speed in no time. With handy bite-sized morsels of information that you can digest as quickly as your new pooch eats his dinner.

Each article covers essential topics from the day you start thinking about getting a dog to the day you bring them home and beyond.

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Before You Get Your Puppy

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to getting a dog. Everyone knows how cute a puppy is but few realise until it’s too late how much effort and responsibility it is to turn that bundle of fluff and sharp teeth into a loving family pet that goes everywhere with you.

However, you’re in the right place. Let’s get started…

6 important things to consider before getting a dog

Having a dog in your life is amazing and can bring so many positives, but there’s a lot to think about.
In this article we look at those those ‘boring but sensible’ things you might want to consider before making a final decision.

How to Select a Good Breeder

Before you choose your puppy (usually at eight weeks of age), you need to know how to evaluate and select a good breeder. In this article Dr Ian Dunbar explains all.

How to Select a Good Puppy

Cute and fluffy isn’t always best! Choosing a good puppy takes time. In this article Dr Ian Dunbar explains how to make sure your future family member is right for all of you.

Choosing the Perfect dog for you

Dogs come in a myriad of shapes, sizes, types, and temperaments, with as many different ‘doggy’ personalities as their owners have lifestyles and expectations.
In this article we look at how you can choose the perfect dog for you.

The Calm Before the Storm

The first day you bring your dog home is exciting, for both you and your new dog. But, not being prepared can bring unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Today we’re looking at what you can do well in advance, even before a muddy paw’s been smeared across your kitchen floor.

Raising a Puppy

From the very first day your puppy comes home the clock is ticking. All aspects of puppy training and behaviour modification get harder as time goes by, so don’t wait, start training today!

Puppy’s First Week at Home (8-9 weeks old)

If you start housetraining your pup the moment they come home it’s surprisingly easy to train them without making a single toilet or chewing mistake. Read on…

Puppy Playroom & Doggy Den

Successful domestic doggy education involves teaching your puppy to train herself through confinement. This prevents mistakes and establishes good habits from the outset.

Errorless Housetraining

Housesoiling is a spatial problem, involving perfectly normal, natural, and necessary canine behaviours (peeing and pooping) performed in inappropriate places.

Errorless Chew toy-Training

If your puppy learns to enjoy chewing chewtoys, he will look forward to settling down quietly for some quality chewing time.

Home Alone

All owners find it occasionally necessary to leave their puppydog at home alone. So before leaving your puppy for long periods, you should teach him how to amuse himself appropriately and settle himself calmly and quietly.

Puppy’s First Month at Home (8-12 weeks)

As a rule of thumb, your puppy needs to meet and party with at least a hundred people during his first month at home.

Socialisation With People

Raising and training a pup to be people-friendly is important for you and your pet. This article covers how best to socialise your pup during the early weeks.

Teach Your Puppy to Like and Respect People

Initial impressions are important, so make sure your puppy’s first meetings with people are pleasant and enjoyable.

Handling & Hugging

Teaching your eight-week-old puppy to enjoy being handled and examined is as easy as it is essential. Moreover, your pup’s vet, trainer, and groomer will be forever grateful

Guarding Valued Objects

You have to teach your puppy that voluntarily relinquishing an object does not mean losing it for good. Your puppy should learn that giving up bones, toys, and tissues means receiving something better in return

Basic Manners & Obedience

Even if you only manage to teach your puppy/dog to sit on cue, you will have solved countless behaviour problems. Sitting promptly and reliably whenever asked prevents your dog from performing a limitless list of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviours.

However, since off-leash, lure/reward training techniques are so amazingly simple and effective, you’ll no doubt want to expand your dog’s vocabulary and teach your dog to come when called, lie down, stand, stay, and to follow and heel as well.


When you see someone walking with their dog obediently by their side it’s a beautiful thing. However, for so many it seems almost impossible. With patience and the right approach you can get that awesome ‘heel’ walk.

Basic Manners

Basic manners are what everyone expects of your dog. A dog that jumps up, or snatches food from your hand, or licks a child’s face can be embarrassing and potentially dangerous. So let’s look at how we can give our dog the basics.

Basic Lure/Reward Training

All you need to train your puppy is the inclination, a few sparks in your brain, a couple of pieces of kibble in your hand, and the puppy. So, enough said — let’s get going.

Stay, Come & Follow

Stay, Come & Follow are highly desirable commands for your dog to learn. In this article we look at each command in detail and discuss the benefits of working off-leash.

The Ultra Super Sit!

With a little practice, you can develop an absolutely rock-solid, long-distance, sit-stay that can save you from the most dangerous or embarrassing situations your dog could get into.

Phasing Out Rewards

Phasing out rewards is a simple matter. Let’s discuss the four Quantum Leaps in training your dog will make to phase out rewards.