Join as a member (£25, or £12.50 for over 60s) and get 3rd party insurance for your dog – up to £1,000,000 per claim if your dog causes damage or injury to another person, their property or pets. (An excess applies.)
Are you unable to walk your dog or do you just want to give it stimulation during your absence?
The-Dog-Walker service operates in South and East Belfast, and North Down.
http://www.the-dog-walker.co.uk Call Liz on 077 9462 4340.
Also in South and East Belfast, FurryPals offers a dog walking, dog minding and pet taxi service. http://www.furrypals.co.uk Call Janice on 077 6318 0896
Happy Tailz offer dog walking and pet sitting services in North Belfast & Newtownabbey.
Call Lisa or Pauline on 074 4540 7587 or 077 7578 6417 or email email@example.com
Dog Play at "Doggy Dynamos"
This is (was?) "a pop up dog park for owners to socialise while exercising their dogs off leash in a safe environment. ... Get a tea/coffee and enjoy your dog meeting and having fun with lots of canine comrades."
It's based in the South13 building on Boucher Road, i.e. the old B&Q building., and takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6.00-9.00pm) and on Sunday afternoons (12.00-4.00pm)
Price per first dog is £3 (£2 for subsequent dog), and £2 per child under 16. (They don't really want kids! It's a play area for dogs, not for humans, so running screaming kids are not wanted.)
Check their site for updates before going - they may not always be open.
Sirius Dog Training
Named after the Dog Star, Sirius, this is Dr Ian Dunbar's excellent website. Visit it for training and behaviour advice for new puppies and for older dogs. Useful articles are available from the drop-down menus at the top of the screen. You may have to register to get full access, but it's a trustworthy site and well worth visiting. Highly recommended.
How to buy a pup?
For a start, don't support puppy farms. (And don't get conned into thinking that you are rescuing puppy-farmed dogs. That too supports the puppy farms.)
Always see the pup with its mother and other pups in their home environment. Ask about the health and longevity of the adult dogs. Look at the temperament of the adults. You want a good companion dog - a cross or mongrel might have the better temperament, but is unlikely to be able to breed in this world of show-focused dog-breeding.