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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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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 …

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Caring for your dog on a budget

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For all of us, the need to keep both our loved ones and ourselves safe is paramount; however, these recent changes to society may not only prevent us from socialising but also limit our ability to afford all the luxuries to which we have been accustomed. Few, if any, of us saw the Covid-19 crisis coming down the line or …

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Excessive Barking

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Why do dogs bark? Vocalisations such as barking, growling, whining are all part of a dog’s normal communication system; however, some dogs bark more than others such as Beagles and Fox Terriers whereas the Basenji doesn’t bark. So, what can trigger your dog’s barking? Firstly, it is important to remember that you should not expect your dog never to bark: when …

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Vaccinations and dogs

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Start a conversation about vaccination with a group of dog lovers and you open a can of worms! Everyone wants their pets to be as safe and healthy as possible, but with so many opinions and scare stories, what should you believe? As a GP Vet, the first thing I would recommend is that EVERY dog should visit their vet …

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Coronavirus – Self Isolating

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Self-isolation will be difficult for us all, but we also need to consider the effect on our pets Dogs may become frustrated due to limited exercise or anxious because their normal daily routine has been disrupted. However, many cats relish an empty house. Cats sleep for the majority of time, so the fact that you are at home and interfering …