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Being a dog owner and being environmentally conscious can be quite tricky at times. Get some tips on how to consider the environment more when making choices for your dog!
By Jo Baker
Providing our dogs with adequate mental stimulation can be just as important as meeting their exercise needs and can help to prevent a wide range of problems that occur when our dogs become bored and under-stimulated.
By Amanda Griffiths
Cognitive Canine Company
When will they be walked, fed, trained, toileted? What will happen when you go out to work or to the shops? Who will be responsible for dog walks, feeding and clearing up after them?
By Suzanne Gould
Edinburgh Holistic Dogs
Safe and comfortable pet transport is something that we are deeply passionate about so here is some helpful advice to know you are doing the right thing when travelling with your dog.
By Claire Harris
Pets 2 Places
Begin adapting to the environment gradually, so your current pet has a chance to get used to the new arrangements. Have a look at your home and think like a cat, get to know them as a species and similarly for the dog too.
By Katie Scott Dyer CDBC
Reactivity is a reaction to something that is scaring or worrying your dog and can often take owners by surprise. In reality, there will have been an accumulative of things that have built up to end up at this stage.
By Carrie Stuthridge
Carrie’s Canines & Friends
Their advice to help dogs with the stress of fireworks is to provide them with a safe haven, consider a calming collar or plug-in, walk during daylight, and try to desensitise them to firework sounds.
By Rachel Spencer
The Paw Post
Lymphoma is a condition that, sadly, we can’t cure in most cases. However, it is often one of the more treatable cancers, meaning that it is more likely that we can achieve remission in your pet.
By Ben Sweeney
All of the typical ‘undesirable’ behaviours that we want to rectify, such as excessive barking, are just their way of expressing how they feel about something at that moment.
By Becky Shuttleworth
Therapy 4 Dogs
When that bond is broken, whether it is an accident, illness or age, there will come a time when we have to make a decision and then we have to live with the burden of making that decision or of taking care of their remains.
By Carrie Ball
Animal Bereavement Counselling with Carrie Ball
Is it fear or anxiety? Medically, fear is an emotional response to a known, real, or perceived threat, whereas anxiety is an overwhelming sense of apprehension caused by an unknown, expected or poorly defined threat or anticipation of future threat.
By Kerry Lawson
I’d always urge anybody searching for a dog care provider to consider welfare first, put your logical cap on and think pragmatically about what is really being offered to you and your pup.
By Rikki Sullivan
Poochville Doggy Daycare & Adventures
Puppy training is important. It improves the bond between the puppy and owner, it can help work out the puppy’s likes and dislikes, makes the puppy an easier dog to live with and it can help to limit the stress of the whole family
Puppy Training IOM
It is for all breeds and all behaviour issues, or attitudes. All breeds excel at Mantrailing as all dogs have noses, from the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Cane Corso.
By Kathryn Jones
Hearing your dog growl at your child is a heart stopping moment for any parent. Your reaction may well be to panic, punish the dog and then start to consider options like re-homing. But stop…breathe…it may not be as bad as you think.
By Aileen Stevenson KPA CTP
The Perfect Puppy Company
The puppy blues can happen at any point during the puppy stage. It may start right after you bring the dog home for the first time, during that first week, or it may happen after a few months.
By Jordan Dargue
The sport originated as a way for mushers to keep their sled dogs fit during the summer months. In fact, some of the harnesses that the dogs wear during Canicross are the same as the ones that sled dogs wear while pulling sleds.
By Vicki Girling
One & All Dog Fitness
Through Dog Parkour and playing games with our dogs, it turns our walks into an adventure and enables us to have fun with our dogs and strengthen our bond with them by encouraging our dogs to focus on us rather than sniffing out squirrels.
By Vicki Girling
One & All Dog Fitness
The thyroid gland is an almost mythical part of the body that everybody knows exists but nobody is quite sure where it is, what it does and what happens when it goes wrong.
So, let’s take a whistle stop tour of all things thyroid so that you know what to look out for in your dog!
By Ben Sweeney
Part of being a responsible dog owner is making sure you adhere to the laws and regulations surrounding dog ownership. Many new dog owners don’t even realise there are specific laws relating to what you can and can’t do with your four-legged friends so we have put together this useful guide of some of the main things you need to be aware of.
By Becky Baker
Try not to walk alone, find a friend or family member that can accompany you. That age old saying ‘safety in numbers’ can certainly apply here. If you do have to walk alone, WALK WITH CONFIDENCE.
By Jessica Graves
When you are around your dog it is important to watch and learn his own particular body language, so you will learn to understand the small changes and signals that show you how he is feeling, and help him through any situations he might find stressful.
By Maxine Whittaker
Not many dog owners know that dog first aid is ‘a thing’. If you have a baby and something happens you can ring 999. Experts will help you perform first aid over the phone until paramedics arrive who take charge and then transport your baby to the hospital if necessary. Unfortunately, pets do not have that same luxury.
By Kathy Hobson
Dog First Aid Sussex