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Rehoming a rescue dog or cat during social distancing

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The Covid-19 pandemic has made it difficult for people to rescue or rehome a dog or cat. This applies to both the rescue centres and for those who would like to offer a new home to a deserving pet. The Government has issued guidelines on social distancing which the rescue sector has to follow. During lockdown, all centres were required …

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Emotional impact of lockdown on your dog and cat

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Lockdown has been difficult for all of us. We have had to change our lives in accordance to the Government restrictions and our pets have had to adapt to our new routines. We understand the need to social distance, restrict our activities and work from home. However, our dogs and cats do not. The changes to their normal daily routine …

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How to tell if your dog is stressed around children

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Do you know the signs of stress in your dog? Whenever school holidays come round, and during the Covid-19 lockdown, social media is awash with pictures of children and pets. It should be just the thing to lift the spirits, yet dog professionals are often left feeling very anxious about the images displayed. What looks like a photo of a …

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How to safely buy a puppy during coronavirus pandemic

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Just after Christmas David and Alison Green lost their 13-year-old Border Terrier and were desperate to find another. In the New Year, they decided to look for a new puppy and followed the advice from all the large animal charities. This was BEFORE lockdown. They asked friends with Borders it there were any litters available in the area and got …

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Helping a pet cope with the loss of a family member

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Do our pets experience grief? In today’s world, our pets are very much part of our families and, while that reflects the way we feel about our pets, it also reflects how our pets feel about us. Our routines rapidly become their routines, they share our immediate living space and so our excitement, anticipation, joy or sadness are all emotions …

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Caring for our Dogs During Lockdown

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There can be very few people whose lives have not been dramatically affected by the restrictions of lockdown and, if we look beyond the personal tragedies hidden in the official statistics, many of us are finding life increasingly difficult as the social restrictions continue. If you are a key worker, your life will have become very much busier with all …

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The Chase

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THE CHASE The chase (no, not the quiz show which I have been watching too much of since Covid-19 started!) is an instinct which many of our dogs struggle to control. Chasing is part of the predatory motor pattern that dogs have inherited from their wolf ancestors. In a wolf the sequence is: Orient (spot prey) > eye prey > …

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Over attachment

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Sitting in my friend’s living room, I was astounded to see how her dog (Heidi) responded when she left the room to go and make a cup of tea. As the living room door was closed Heidi rushed up to the door and began jumping up and whining. Within a couple of minutes, she was panting, running backwards and forwards …

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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. Bach – 2yr old Cocker Spaniel Bach came to us due to some aggression …