What makes a Happy Dog?
Dogs aren’t just friends, they are family. Part of our lives in so many ways.
We all want our dogs to be happy.
For most dogs, happiness is a strong healthy body and opportunities to run and play.
Add to that some good nutritious food, medical attention when needed, and some kind loving humans to spend time with, and you have the makings of a great life for your puppy.
It isn’t all that complicated is it?
And yet human beings sometimes get in the way of this happiness without ever meaning to. We are only human after all!
Concerns for dogs and those who love them
Many people don’t realize that some puppies are destined to lives of ill health and discomfort.
And that they may never be able to run and play as they should.
A lot of us struggle to make sense of the myriad of choices when it comes to feeding our dogs and figuring out what is best for them
And there are still many myths flying around about how we need to treat our dogs in order to have well behaved and obedient companions.
It isn’t always easy being a puppy parent or caring for any companion animal. That’s where this website comes in.
We are here to help
We are here to help you choose a puppy with the very best chance of a long and healthy life. A process that can begin even before your puppy is born.
We’ll help you discover which dogs are healthy and long lived, and which are sadly less fortunate.
We’ll show you how to keep your dog in great health from puppy hood to old age, and how to make sensible decisions when it comes to safeguarding his well-being
We’ll be looking at feeding, veterinary care, neutering, and other important lifestyle choices.
And you’ll find masses of information on how to train your puppy in a way that really works, without making you and your dog miserable in the process. We hope you like the sound of that!
Who is behind The Happy Puppy Site?
The Happy Puppy Site is brought to you by Pippa Mattinson and Lucy Easton.
She is the founder of the Labrador Site, and of the Gundog Trust, Britain’s gundog welfare and training charity.
She is also the author of The Gundog Club’s graded training manuals
Lucy is a freelance writer and keen blogger over at Lucy Kate Crochet.
She is a regular contributor to The Labrador Site and is building an extensive collection of honest, in-depth dog breed reviews right here on the Happy Puppy Site.
Our aim is to help dog owners in choosing a breed or ‘type’ of dog that will not only suit their family and lifestyle, but that will also stand a good chance of a healthy life.
Dog health and welfare
Lucy and Pippa are passionate about modern positive reinforcement dog training methods, and about the need to improve the health of many of our pedigree dog breeds.
They write extensively on health problems caused by poor breeding practices, and give clear, objective advice on all aspects of puppy rearing and dog training.
Pippa’s new Puppy Search series is a complete guide to finding a puppy with a happy, healthy future.
Together with Lucy’s breed reviews, Puppy Search will lead you safely through the often bewildering maze of information that confronts all new would be puppy owners.
Positive puppy training
Right now, Pippa is working on building a useful training library to help you train your puppy and achieve the happy and well behaved dog of your dreams.
We hope you enjoy the information you find here, and do let us know if there are topics you would like to see discussed here in the future. We love to hear from our readers.