Make sure your canine companion is happy and healthy


General health

All dogs should be seen by a vet regularly for checks on their general health. As puppies they should receive an initial set of vaccinations to protect them from canine diseases and then yearly boosters thereafter.

You should also take your dog to the vets if you suspect any illness or injury, delaying vet checks can often lead to things worsening and bigger vet bills.

Dogs should also receive regular flea and worming products to prevent infestations from occurring. We believe prevention is better than cure so it's really important to keep these up to date. You can speak to your vet about the products they recommend. It's also important to remember that fleas and mites can live in carpets, bedding and other soft furnishings so it's vital to remember to treat those too.


One of the most important decisions to make for your pet is what insurance to take out. This is why we recommend Petplan insurance. They offer a true lifetime policy and cover dental and hereditary conditions as standard, making it no surprise that they are the UKs no.1 pet insurance provider. 

There are two main plans which Petplan provide; the Essential 12 month plan, and their signature product, Covered For Life®.

Our charity specifically recommends Petplan's Covered For Life® policies as each year they renew your Veterinary Fees benefit, therefore providing continuous cover for ongoing illnesses and injuries, as long as you renew your policy each year without a break in cover. By insuring with Petplan, your premium will not increase based on your claim history alone and you will also receive exclusive discounts on a number of pet related products and services. 

For 4 weeks' free Petplan insurance simply go directly to Petplan's website to activate your own voucher which can be found here.

Petplan is a trading name of Pet Plan Limited and Allianz Insurance plc. Rain Rescue is an Appointed Representative of Pet Plan Limited and is not part of the Allianz (UK) Group.

When you take out a Pet Plan policy through our referral, Rain Rescue will also receive a commission helping towards the cost of caring for the animals we save.


Giving a dog exercise is hugely beneficial to their all round wellbeing but the amount of exercise a dog needs can vary hugely, with age, health, and breed all being contributing factors. Every dog is different. 

Walking is a really important part of a dogs life, not only does it keep them fit and active, it prevents boredom. Dogs need mental exercise as well as physical.

Did you know when a dog stops to sniff it's brain is processing tons of information about the world around them. For some dogs sniffing and exploring is as exhausting as a good run. We always advise people not to pull dogs away from sniffing but to let them sniff ... who's walk is it any way?

Exercise can also take place in the house and garden. Throwing a ball or hiding treats is a great way to play without having to brave the great outdoors, this is especially important for dogs who find the outside world too much to cope with.

Need someone to help with exercising your dog? Check out Tailster, they have a database of vetted dog walkers and sitters who may be able to help. With your first booking they will give you £10 off and £10 to Rain Rescue. Just quote 'Rain Rescue' when you sign up.

Training and Behaviour

Having a good knowledge of the behavioural needs of dogs is vital to creating a happy relationship between dog and owner. Whether you've just took in a rescue dog, bought a puppy or had a dog in your life for many years it's never too late to start training, contrary to the popular saying 'you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!'.

Here at Rain Rescue we believe is reward based training and encourage you to research any professional classes, trainers or behaviourists before employing their services.


  • Avoid using trainers that use punitive methods or 'pack leader' theory. These methods are outdated and can often create other behavioural problems as a result of their use.

  • Ensure trainers have suitable qualifications for what they are advising. There are lots of 'certifications' that can be obtained quickly online these days but they do not necessarily provide a good working knowledge of canine behaviour and training. 

At Rain Rescue we often refer people to APDT for further advice on dog behaviour and to find suitably qualified trainers in their area.



Dogs vary on the amount of grooming they need dependant on their breed, and coat type. It's always worth researching the cost and time needed before adopting or buying a dog. Long haired breeds and those with rough coats will often need lots more than a short coated dog with professional groomers often being the best option to ensure their coats and nails are maintained correctly.

Legal Requirements

Did you know as a dog owner in the UK there are a number of laws which as a responsible dog owner you must abide by? From dog fouling to microchipping, from banned breeds to cruelty it's important to know the law. This document by the Kennel Club is really useful. You can also find more information about how the law affects you and your dog on the website.

Did you know it is a legal requirement for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped AND to wear a collar and ID disk?

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