Collies are a relatively easy and clean breed, although they will need regular grooming.

Bringing a new puppy into the home is an exciting time, but it has become clear of late that some new puppy owners are quite overwhelmed, and totally unprepared for their new arrival.

On behalf of all breeders on this site, please ensure you are aware what you are taking on.

Common problems with a new puppy

  • The puppy keeps weeing and pooing in the house, even after they have just been taken outside.
  • The puppy whines and cries whenever they are left alone.
  • The puppy won't settle when you want them to.
  • The puppy keeps nipping and biting your hands and ankles.

Why you might be stressed by your new puppy

  • You have never owned a puppy before. Either you have never owned a dog beforeĀ getting your new puppy or have only had older dogs before getting your new puppy.
  • You are grieving the loss of an old dog and you think that the new puppy will never by like your old dog.
  • You feel that your new puppy is not living up to all the behavioural expectations that you had when you brought him home.
  • You have read too many books or manuals on raising perfect puppies (relax - these don't exist!).
  • You feel your puppy is harassing or upsetting other dogs you may have (relax again - it nearly always works out between them in the end).
  • If you are particularly house proud, you may be frustrated by the mess that the new puppy is making of your house or garden.

How you can cope with your new puppy

  • Don't have really high expectations of your new puppy - all puppies are individuals and learn at different speeds.
  • Understand that a young puppy has only just left its mother and what they need most is warmth, comfort, security, and a calm atmosphere - not an owner who is always stressed and pulling their hair out each time the puppy wees on the floor or when the puppy chews the carpet.
  • Set daily activity and rest time routines for puppies from day one, which they soon get used to. Not only do young puppies need lots of sleep to grow properly, they also crave attention.
  • Understand that puppies are usually at their most manic when they are most tired, and will keep on going as long as they are being stimulated.
  • Seek advice from your breeder if you feel that the puppy's behaviour is getting out of hand and you really can't cope with the new puppy's behaviour.
  • Similarly, stick to the same morning and evening toilet routine with your puppy. It's a good idea to let your puppy out just before you go to bed and then first thing in the morning so he learns to hold his bladder. You may have to spend large periods of time outside with your puppy waiting for him/her to do a pee, be prepared, there will be accidents at first.
  • Realise that when time passes the bond between you and your new puppy will slowly grow and strengthen. You won't necessarily love your puppy straight away and this is normal. One day, buying a puppy might be the best thing you ever did!

Be honest with yourself, and ensure you know what you are letting yourself in for - what sounds obvious and normal to some of us, is not to others, I often get buyers asking if an 8 week old puppy will be house and lead trained.............. enjoy your new bundle of joy.