We have been asked if we can help the producers of a new observational documentary series for BBC2 called The Puppies (working title).

The series will explore the extraordinary relationship between man and man’s best friend, and will follow a number of households taking in a new puppy – and look at the lives of the puppies and their new owners. It will also reveal the science of dog development and discover what’s going on in the puppies’ bodies and minds over the first year of their lives.

The producers, RDF Television, want to film with people from all over the country and all sorts of different breeds of dogs (from sheepdogs to family pets to disability assistance dogs).

If you’re interested in helping with this series, please contact Anna Johnson.

RDF Television is one of the UK’s most respected independent production companies and regularly works with all of the leading British broadcasters. Recent credits include Secret Millionaire (C4) and The Military Awards: A Night for Heroes (ITV1).

This programme sounds like it will be an excellent opportunity to provide some education to the general public about how they should go about buying a puppy. There are still too many cases of people buying on impulse and unwittingly supporting Puppy Farmers.  It is essential that the programme-makers get the message across that buyers should see any puppy with its mother. The Dogs Trust reminder that “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas” is also worth reinforcing; anyone buying a puppy needs to understand they are making a long-term commitment to look after the dog.
Our Breed Council provides lots of advice on how to find a reputable breeder and a healthy puppy:
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