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Dog People vs Cat People

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One of the most enduring aspects of social media, which is itself a shining example of the ephemeral, is the plethora of poignant images that have so effortlessly been transported into all of our homes and hearts. One of these is the classic Hollywood photograph of Joan Collins and her pink poodle and another is the grainy black and white …

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The Obesity Epidemic

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The latest report from the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association finds that 51% of dogs, 44% of cats, and 29% of small mammals are overweight or obese and the figures have risen since their last report in 2015. The reasons for pet obesity are complex and may vary for each individual. Overfeeding is very common, despite clear feeding guidelines on packaging. …

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Fear of People

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Living with a dog that is fearful of people can be difficult. There may be a number of reasons why a dog is afraid of strangers. The potential for fearful behaviour can be inherited, or punitive training methods can cause a dog to become fearful of people, but it is more likely that a dog that is afraid of unfamiliar …

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Breakthrough update from Wood Green

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Magic – 2yr old lurcher Magic first came to us as a stray. We found he is quite an impulsive dog, he can get frustrated easily, can get separation-related issues and is very high energy. He has had one unsuccessful re-homing and as such, we are giving him the best chance we can to be successful the second time. Magic …

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Socialisation

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Socialisation means learning how to interact socially with other living creatures, whereas habituation is learning to respond calmly and appropriately to everyday goings on and to ignore irrelevant environmental stimuli. Dogs are highly social animals. They must develop a system of communication to enable them to socialise with unfamiliar dogs and must also learn to adjust to a range of …

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Things to consider before bringing a new dog home

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There’s very little that can compare with that warm feeling of protective love when you first cuddle a new puppy or sit with a rehomed dog so desperately in need of a new start in life. However, setting aside the emotional highs that accompany that decision, there are some practical issues that we really do have to think through before …

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Why Do Small Dogs Live Longer Than Big Dogs

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It is generally accepted that small breed dogs have longer lives than larger breed dogs. Research has backed up this up by comparing the average size of different dogs breeds to their average lifespan and found that the bigger the dog, the shorter it lived. The reasons why are not clearly understood, but it is an area which many scientists …

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Breakthrough update from Wood Green

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Since the launch of Breakthrough in 2016, we have been carrying out studies with Chris Bennett at Wood Green – The Animals Charity – in Godmanchester, to demonstrate the results that Breakthrough produces. Chris Bennett has an update on three of the dogs currently on Breakthrough. Jasper Jasper who arrived from Thailand approximately a month ago was quite nervous of …

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Canine Life Stages

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Just as human medical care might be divided into neonatal, paediatric, young adult, adult, and geriatric, so canine health care and nutrition is often split into ‘life-stages’. Neonate covers the time from birth to the start of weaning at 3 to 4 weeks. During this period the puppy is totally dependent on its mother. In the first two weeks puppies …

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Hyperactivity – Does It Really Exist?

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Coping with a high energy dog can be a challenge but labelling a dog as being hyperactive may not be a true evaluation of a dog’s behaviour. Hyperactivity or hyperkinesis is a medical condition with certain associated physiological symptoms and is relatively uncommon. A dog which is reactive, unable to settle in familiar environments, has lack of focus, an inability …