I’ve always been a bit of a geek and a swot. I love learning and I love doing my best. And I’m always prepared – I’m the queen of lists. Meal planning lists, shopping lists, packing lists, to do lists – I do them all. I don’t think this has anything to do with it, but the motto of the girl guides and scouts is ‘Be Prepared’ and of course I was a Girl Guide.

I loved being a girl guide, with my uniform and the badges I could earn for reaching certain goals. Ironically, though, there was one major incident on a Girl Guiding trip that I was totally unprepared for. For some reason I can’t remember now I was invited up on stage during our annual trip to see the Christmas Panto. I was completely embarrassed, and so relieved to get off the stage and walk back to my Girl Guiding Group. What I couldn’t understand was why they were all laughing at me as I walked back to my seat. Turns out I had the back of my skirt tucked into my knickers the whole time. I’ve not been to a Christmas Panto since.

When you are planning a new puppy you should definitely heed the advice of the Girl Guides and ‘Be Prepared’. A lot of families are in for a huge shock when they get their first family puppy. We expect something cute and cuddly like a teddy bear and end up with a mini alligator disguised as a ball of fluff. Even if you have grown up with dogs, you tend to forget how hard they were as puppies, and children are often completely unprepared.

So what’s the best way to prepare for your new puppy? Get booked onto my Perfect Puppy Course!

I’m fully booked for February but have spaces starting at the beginning of March which are filling up fast – book now so you don’t miss out!

Nicola x

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