Keeping dogs & horses safe on walks

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Now the days are longer, dog walkers and horse riders will be taking advantage of the early evening light and sharing many routes. It is important that both groups learn to anticipate the behaviour of each other’s animals. Dogs that are unfamiliar with horses can start barking if they catch sight of one or even set off after them in …

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Weasel’s rehabilitation has continued in leaps and bounds

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Weasel, a female Lurcher, was found as a stray aged about 9 months in Essex, possibly having been abandoned by travellers.  She was taken to a rescue centre where it was clear that she was very anxious, fearful of strangers and other dogs. It took several meetings before she was comfortable around Nicky’s three other dogs. Luckily she was adopted …

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We’ve noticed a huge difference, definitely a calmer, more relaxed Murphy…..

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Murphy, a collie x kelpie, was adopted at the age of 5 by his current owners in 2012. His previous owners had owned him from a pup but had struggled with both his aggressive behaviour towards them and his noise phobia, and his separation related anxiety was getting steadily worse. On top of it all, due to their increasing work …

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Ruby is now confident and happy

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Ruby is a 3 year-old Chihuahua who sadly had unpleasant start in life in her first home and as a result became highly fearful, and was ultimately returned to her breeder. Shortly afterwards she was found a loving home with someone who took her on promising to do their best to repair the damage and who, very usefully was also …

Finally! A diet that works!

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“I work at a Veterinary Surgery and spend a lot of time advising Clients on Specialist Diets and Calming Products. In the meantime I rescued a Springer Spaniel (Archie) abandoned here a year ago. He has the most fabulous temperament, however it soon became apparent that he had not been well socialised or lived indoors. He would also have intermittent …

Getting to Grips With Gundogs

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They are the most popular dogs in the UK – for good reason. But that’s not to say that problems don’t occur. Vicky Payne looks at how to overcome common gundog issues… Gundog breeds and their crosses make up a large proportion of the canine population. The Kennel Club registration figures for 2014 show the most popular three breeds are …

The Sum Of Many Parts

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Knowing the ancestry of a mixed breed is crucial for providing type-specific care and training and understanding the dog’s behaviour. But don’t rely on looks alone – a dog that looks like a Labrador cross could well have no Labs in his family tree at all, as Sarah Morris of Blackdog DNA explains… I have always been fascinated by dogs …

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“It’s ok, he only wants to play!”

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These words strike fear and dread in dog walkers the length and breadth of the country, writes Kirsty Peake. I was walking in the park with a client and her dog. The dog had been experiencing anxiety attacks when away from home and we had made huge progress and were now doing our first walk in the park. Needless to …