A WEST Cork charity is seeking six families to show some ‘puppy love’ this festive season.
Dogs for the Disabled are looking for families in Clonakilty to take in one of six puppies that need accommodation in the West Cork area during a specialised training programme.
Chief executive and founder of the charity Jennifer Dowling said they have a trainer based in Clonakilty and they are trying to house the puppies locally so they can avail of the training services for six weeks over Christmas.
“These are baby puppies, around eight weeks old. We want to put them on a programme for about six weeks where the puppies will learn all their early development stuff, such as toilet training and basic commands.
“We want to make sure they are hitting all their milestones in those six weeks. For puppies, 0-12 weeks is the most critical time of development.”
She said that often new puppy owners don’t teach their puppies much in the first few weeks, and then this leads to them being afraid of things that they have not been exposed to later in life.
They are looking for “loving, normal people” who may be thinking about getting a dog and would like the experience of having a puppy in the house.
“It wouldn’t involve an awful lot of work, because they are baby puppies and they won’t walk very far. It would involve a lot of loving and caring with the puppies, it is like having a little baby in the house really.”
Anyone interested in homing a Dogs for the Disabled puppy for six weeks over Christmas, email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention an interest in the Clonakilty programme.