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Behaviour problems and training difficulties need help

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Following the progress of dogs with training and/or behaviour problems is a popular TV programme topic. However, these ‘snapshot’ stories do not demonstrate how important it is to find professional help nor explain the difference between training and behaviour problems. This article outlines how and where to find the correct help and advice. What to do if your dog has …

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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 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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Indoor Games and Enrichment for dogs

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Few of us would believe that our dogs would be perfectly happy just lying around without any physical or mental stimulation any more than we would think that our children could properly develop without play. Maybe the problem is that we can so easily plough on with our busy lives without giving it very much thought. It’s easy to see …

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Emotional Impact of Winter Setting in for Some Dogs

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I was watching the weather forecast earlier today when the presenter highlighted the fact that we have lost around an hour of daylight over the last month. With days becoming shorter, and the evenings becoming darker much earlier, my thoughts have turned to thinking about how to prepare our dogs for the onset of those dark winter days and nights. …

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Dog Breeds and Human Allergies

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The growing popularity of all kinds of doodles (poodle crosses) is, in part, due to their reputation for being suitable for people with allergies to dogs. Many websites claim that breeds which don’t shed are less likely to cause allergic reactions, but this is not true. Allergies to dogs (and cats) are not really due to the hair they shed, …

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How Will I Know If My Dog Is Happy?

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One of the joys of watching human infants grow is the way in which they develop language and, after a while, are able to let us know how they feel, what they want, and, sometimes, what they’re afraid of. Even though our dogs have the emotional maturity of a child aged between two and three years, and are able to …