As much as we love our furry friends, we understand that it can be hard work looking after a puppy or dog.
Our research has found that 75% of new dog owners are unprepared for the demands of dog ownership, and one in eight new puppy owners feel overwhelmed when they bring their pet home.
That’s why we teamed up with Burns Pet Nutrition to create a series of online puppy parenting classes to help support you in becoming well-informed owners with happy pets.
Watch the puppy parenting classes below.
We ran two sessions titled 'Ask the Vet', run by Ben the Vet, John Burns and Nicki Fox.
These sessions covered some of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog, including:
This session covered everything to do with giving your pups the right food and nutrition they need to be healthy. Ran by Emma Lee, the class included:
Bethany England ran a session on what she wish she knew before she got a puppy.
This session is designed to help prepare you for bringing your puppy home for the very first time and getting them settled into their new home.
She also discussed everything she learned as a first-time puppy owner and what a happy dog household should look like.
Ran by Aileen Coull, this session discussed the best way to find the right puppy.
This session discussed the basics of training and socialising your new dog. The session leader Orlagh McCarthy covered:
For this session we teamed up with Shannon Williams from Hope Rescue who spoke about:
Find out more about the fantastic panel of dog lovers, vets, and experts who ran our puppy parenting sessions.
Ben Simpson-Vernon, better known as Ben the Vet, is a small animal veterinary surgeon who has built a following of over 180,000 on TikTok.
He shares insight into his work, useful information, and tips for pet owners in his videos.
He is passionate about animal welfare and does not shy away from calling out harmful online pet trends.
In particular, he focuses on spreading awareness of inherited health problems in pedigree dog and cat breeds.
Bethany England is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward and is the captain of Women’s Super League club Tottenham Hotspur.
She also represents England and was part of the Lionesses squad that won the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 and reached the Final of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Bethany is a passionate dog lover and owns two golden retrievers, Buddy and Dilys. Despite them being the same breed, Bethany learnt that they are two very different dogs and needed to be trained differently as puppies.
She will be sharing her stories as a dog owner, recalling what she wished she knew before she got a puppy.
Aileen has been successfully breeding and showing Miniature Pinschers for over 35 years, with a keen interest in health testing and genetics.
Breeding only when she needs a puppy to show, her focus is always health and temperament first and all her dogs live in the house as part of the family.
She's made up 16 Champions and her dogs have won over 100 Challenge Certificates.
Aileen is also a Championship show judge, judging at home and abroad, and had the honour of judging her breed at Crufts 2018.
Emma has worked for Burns Pet Nutrition for four years as a Nutritional Advisor.
She is also a qualified Canine Massage Therapist, working with sporting and working dogs, and has been a dog trainer for twelve years.
Her job at Burns involves dealing with customer queries on Burns products and helping customers find the right food for their dogs.
She has a special interest in working dogs and working breeds and currently owns six dogs, three of which are in training to become search dogs.
Nicki Fox is a qualified and registered veterinary nurse, RVN CertVNECC APVN (Wildlife).
Holding additional qualifications in Emergency and Critical Care with VetsNow, Wildlife nursing and Behaviour, she is also a qualified canine hydrotherapist, groomer and clinical coach.
She’s taken additional courses in canine/feline dentistry, RCVS Schedule 3 procedures and Class 4 laser therapy.
Nicki has been a locum vet nurse for four and a half years, working in first opinion and referral. Most of her work consists of emergency and critical care, working out of hours for local practises and hospitals.
Nicki joined Admiral as their Veterinary Specialist this year. Her pet family includes six dogs, a cat, two chickens and a horse.
Philanthropic Scotsman John Burns graduated as a veterinary professional in 1971.
During his time as a veterinary surgeon, he saw that some of the most common ailments in our pets could be solved by better nutrition. This is why he brought healthy, high-quality and hypoallergenic pet food to market.
John has also supported rescue centres, charities and community projects by donating huge amounts of food and profits every year.
Now, Burns supports over 20 rescue centres and shelters, mountain search and rescue teams, dog trainers, sanctuaries and even has an in-house charity, The John Burns Foundation.
In 2022 John was awarded an MBE for his huge impact on pet nutrition in Britain and his charity work in West Wales.
Orlagh works for the John Burns Foundation delivering their flagship reading with dogs scheme, Burns By Your Side. She began her career as a teacher, and over the years her fascination with animals led to a career with dogs.
A qualified Training and Behaviour Consultant, she bases all her training interactions on 'the story of ONE' - that every dog is a sentient being, an individual with their own emotions and preferences.
The cornerstone of Orlagh’s belief is that learning should never cause pain or fear: she uses and teaches non aversive methods of training.
Orlagh says that a dog that humans may consider disobedient is simply a dog that has not been taught how to manage or cope in certain situations or environments.
Shannon Williams is a Behaviour and Welfare officer at Hope Rescue.
Her very busy role is to help prepare the dogs for rehoming, and to assess all stray, seized or surrendered dogs that arrive at Hope.
Shannon also supports new dog owners through the adoption process and post adoption.
She particularly enjoys getting to know each dog individually, what makes them tick, and how she can help.