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dog health, dogs, kennel cough, water -

Sometimes when we are out and about with our dog we may spot water bowls which have been left out for them by shops, café owners – sometimes even residents in tourist destinations, but some vets are warning that it could be dangerous to let our dogs drink from these bowls in areas with large amounts of visitors as they might develop kennel cough from using them. Kennel cough is highly contagious and can prove fatal and public or shared water bowls could actually be hazardous to your dog’s health. Talking about the danger of shared drinking bowls, veterinary surgeon...

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dog training, dogs, old dog new tricks -

When it comes to training your dog, everyone seems to have an opinion and sometimes it can be difficult to ignore outdated advice and trust your own instincts, particularly when you don’t always get instant results. It is also all too easy to find information online – but how do you know if it’s correct? This week we take a look at some dog training myths and how to get the best type of training for your dog.  You can’t teach an old dog new tricks We all know the old saying, which is possibly why so many people still...

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dog coats, dog jumpers, winter -

The kids are heading back to school and as we arrive at the end of the summer holidays it is time to start thinking about how to care for our pets during the winter months. In a few weeks, on the 22nd September, we will reach the autumn equinox – the day (which happens twice a year) when the length of the night and day are equal. After that the nights start drawing in, the evenings will become darker and some of us might start to think about lighting the fire or putting the heating on. This week we’ve got...

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dog grooming, dog shows, grooming tips, pet grooming tables -

The star of our puppy diaries series, Murdock attended his first dog show last Sunday. As a mixed breed lurcher, the show was just a bit of fun for Murdock, entering classes for the dog that looks most like its owner (second place) and the most handsome dog (the judge was clearly blind). There was also a chance to try some agility. (He wouldn’t go through the tunnel even when I got in it with a dog treat) and he won a race against his friend Marvin, chasing a lure along a purpose-built track. Family dog shows like this can...

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digging, garden, hedgehogs, pets, wildlife -

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden for your pets, it’s quite a good idea to optimise that space for them and make it into a safe area they can enjoy – as well as somewhere that will attract wildlife so that you can do your bit for the environment, but where do you start? This week we’re looking at some of the things you can do to make your garden into a great space for your pet, whilst attracting nature at the same time. Schnauzer photo by Chris on Unsplash A secure fence This probably goes without saying but...

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