Welcome to a brand new feature - Scouted. We’ve been traversing the realms of dog stuff for a good few months now, from collars and leads, to days out and holidays. I thought it’d be great to share everything we’ve been learning and discovering, in a hope to help out other dog owners in he UK (and further afield!).
I decided to start with one of the first things we bought as new dog owners, well, we actually bought it months before Scout came into our lives. ‘The Perfect Puppy‘ was recommended to us as the best puppy book around, and is one of the top rated dog books on Amazon.
The book covers the first few months of your puppy’s life in detail, with advice on most aspects of life with your new dog. After reading it cover to cover, it still serves really well as a’first port of call’ book on most puppy questions (if, you know, you haven’t got a browser handy). There’s a tonne of advice on puppy socialisation, initial obedience training, house training and other puppy basics.
My favourite section of the book was the introduction to training. Learning new things with Scout has become one of our favourite activities, and the book ignited this interest. There’s also a really handy socialisation check-list, so you can keep track of your pup meeting all kinds of new people!
Something I think’s worth keeping in mind with this book, however, is that it’s sort of written from the perspective of your dog following what they’re supposed to be like to the letter. For us, this didn’t work out. Scout was pretty sick for a few weeks of her young life, which meant we went through some really frustrating times with toilet training, separation training and sleep schedules. At times like these I started thinking “our puppy is broken!” because she wasn’t doing exactly what the book said she would. There aren’t any suggestions on what to do if your puppy doesn’t follow the rules either.
That being said, I’d definitely recommend this book if you’re planning on getting a puppy. It gives you a great grounding of information, and certainly covers all the basics.
Interested in having your dog product reviewed by me and Scout? Please get in touch!
We’re especially looking for independent UK companies making awesome, design conscious products for pooches. Do you have a dog friendly cafe? Pub? Holiday home or hotel? Please let us know!