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Kennel Stress

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Kennel stress is a very common problem that rescue workers encounter in dogs in their care. Rescue kennels are stressful environments for most dogs and that stress can have a major impact on their welfare and management – and ultimately their chances of being adopted. However, not all dogs coming into a shelter suffer from acute or chronic stress. This …

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A New Rehomed Dog?

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Bringing an adult dog or older puppy into your home can present a few challenges, both for you and the dog. Whether your new dog is a rescue with an uncertain past, purchased to join your working team or taken on from a family member or friend, it will take a little time for him to settle in. Find out …

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What is an Assistance Dog

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It’s a common sight to see stickers on shop windows declaring that dogs are not allowed in unless they are Guide Dogs. To some extent, the term ‘Guide Dog’ has been associated most specifically with those who assist people with sight difficulties but there are many types of assistance dogs other than those which specifically guide blind people. ‘Assistance Dog’ …

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Jaffa Jives Back

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Jaffa the Border collie was a very unhappy dog at our first behaviour consult. He had been banned from his vet practice due to aggressive behaviour during an examination. After a full behaviour consultation, Jaffa had a long list of problems, predominantly aggressive behaviour when anyone tried to touch him, even when the owners tried to put his lead on. …

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Gem the Springer springs again

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Gem the Springer spaniel demonstrated anxious and fearful behaviour when outdoors. She was a happy and relaxed puppy in the home; however, as soon as she stepped out of the front door she would panic and try to run back inside. This made life very difficult for the owner, who was unable to walk his dog around the busy city …

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Diet and Brain Ageing

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There are several dog diets and supplements on the market which claim to support normal mental function in ageing dogs. One of the major changes in the ageing brain is a reduced ability to metabolise glucose. Medium chain triglyceride (MCT) supplementation provides the brain with ketone bodies as an alternative energy source. A study has shown that dietary MCT was …

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Recall Issues

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Training your dog to come back when you call him is probably the most important response you can teach, but it can be the hardest. To put this into perspective, I always remember a dog training friend of mine saying to one of her clients, ‘for your dog to come back when you call, you need to be more exciting …

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Veterinary socialisation experience & handling

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Dogs hate the vets, right? It doesn’t have to be that way! It’s not surprising that many dogs form bad associations with their veterinary practice. Their first visits are usually for injections (which sting) and they may be upset by other pets in the waiting room. I also wonder how the vets must smell to a dog …can they smell …

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Love me love my dog

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February 14th is possibly one of the most romantic days of the year, but when love is in the air you may need to think about how your dog might react to your partner. Your new soul mate may not be enthusiastic about your dog, especially if he/she is met with snarls on entering the house! If there are several …