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Dog behaviour, dogs, fireworks, lightning, storm, thunder -

Last weekend the UK was battered by two huge storms that caused chaos and brought parts of the country to a standstill. Trees fell, power lines were severed, there were high winds, flooding and icy cold temperatures – but how did your dog cope with it all? Many dogs in the UK are negatively affected by storms, typically it is the noise of thunder and lightning that distresses them the most, in the same way that fireworks or other sudden loud noises might. However any disruption to their routine or something different at home – such as a power cut -...

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Dog behaviour, dog tails, dogs -

For most of us, the sight of a wagging tail means we assume that out dog is happy or pleased to see us, which is often the case. But dogs actually use their tail to communicate in a variety of ways and it is something that they learn to do, rather than doing it instinctively. Puppies don’t wag their tails as soon as they are born. Like human babies, young pups have to learn to use their tail to express how they are feeling. They start to do this at about 3 or 4 weeks old when they realise that...

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dog behaviour, dog training, lockdown, puppy, puppy diaries -

This is the eighth instalment of our puppy diary, featuring Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home. Birthday on the beach Since the last blog, Murdock hit a big milestone in his life. He turned one on the 30th April! To mark the occasion, we had a meet-up on the beach with some of his family members and it was tremendous fun. As a lockdown puppy Murdock can be a little nervous around people and dogs that he doesn’t know but he didn't seem to mind anything or anyone on...

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dog behaviour, lockdown, puppy diaries, sleeping dogs -

This is the seventh instalment of our puppy diary, featuring Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home. Murdock is now 11 months old and getting quite big. We’re still not sure how big he will be when he is fully grown. His mum Pie is greyhound-sized and quite muscular and his dad, Maverick is a pedigree whippet so probably somewhere in between the two. Behaviourally he is very different to my old lurcher, Beau. He was a Bedlington/whippet/greyhound mix on both sides. Bedlington Terriers are often used when reeding lurchers...

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dog behaviour, dog training, dog years, puppy, puppy diaries -

This is the fifth instalment of our puppy diary, featuring Murdock the lurcher puppy, with candid insights and practical tips on welcoming a dog into your home. Murdock will be seven months old in a few days’ time and this means that he is hitting the peak of adolescence. Described as the “teenage phase” puppy adolescence is characterised by increased assertiveness, rebelliousness, and momentary lapses in judgment. Murdock will be pushing his boundaries at this time as he starts to learn what is expected of him and what he can and can’t get away with!  Measuring Dog Years  But how can...

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