Are you thinking about getting a dog or puppy in the next few months?
Perhaps you’re unsure about whether to go for a pedigree pup or a rescue dog? Or maybe you have no idea which of the hundreds of breeds and crossbreeds might be right for you. You may even already have your perfect breed in mind.
RDF Television is looking for people to film as they make this important decision, for an exciting new BBC2 science series called ‘Choose the Right Puppy for You’.
The creators of the show are looking for families, singles, couples, of all ages and from all over the country to take part. You’ll have the opportunity to meet experts and get involved in some dog activities to help you make the right choice.
Choosing the wrong dog is considered one of the biggest issues in dog welfare in the UK, according to veterinary professionals.
Tens of thousands of dogs are relinquished to rescue centres every year, and one study has found that less than 10 per cent of their owners had sought any advice at all before getting a dog.
But with over 200 recognised breeds of dog in the UK (plus a multitude of crossbreeds), all of them with different characteristics and needs, it can be a difficult choice to get right.
‘Choose the Right Puppy for You’ is a valuable guide to making that life-changing decision, and will feature a wealth of advice from the UK’s leading canine experts.
The series will follow several households as they discover everything they need to know about different breeds of dog, including which lifestyles and domestic environments they’re best suited to, and how to care for them. The households might already have what they think is their perfect dog in mind – but are they right? Over the course of the two episodes, they’ll have their expectations challenged as they experience all aspects of dog ownership before they finally bring their chosen puppy or dog home.
Alongside these stories, the series will also reveal the science behind breed differences, and how we have a better understanding than ever before about how to help dogs integrate into modern life, ensuring happy, healthy pet dogs and their families.
Commissioning Editor Craig Hunter said, “Choosing the right puppy can make the difference between happy and unhappy owners, and more importantly a happy or unhappy dog”.
If you’re considering bringing a dog or puppy into your life in the near future, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us at Puppies@rdftelevision.com for more info and an application form.