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The RSCPCA have recently launched their new ten-year strategy Together for Animal Welfare which acknowledges that the climate crisis is a huge threat to both animals and humans and should be addressed as part of their ongoing strategy. With this in mind, they have recommended some steps that we can all take to be more sustainable in our pet ownership and more mindful about how we treat waste and unwanted items that we use when feeding or caring for our pets. Here are a few of their top tips that you can start doing right away in order to become a more...

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With more people getting puppies during lockdown, sleep has become a real issue for some new dog owners as puppies generally sleep for less time at night than fully grown dogs – and both prefer to be close to people when they sleep if they are allowed to. According to a study by Dogs Trust; whilst puppies aged 16 weeks sleep for significantly longer than older dogs during the daytime, they sleep for less time at night and only really begin to match their owner’s sleep patterns once they reach one year old. By which time, 27% of owners will...

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Last week on the blog we talked about how a high percentage of puppies bought in lockdown haven’t been to the park, met a child or even met people from another household due to the current coronavirus restrictions. A survey of 1,000 UK adults also revealed that some 42% of dogs acquired in lockdown are yet to be introduced to another dog - and this can lead to all sorts of problems if it is not addressed. So this week we thought we’d take a look at some of the issues arising from lack of socialisation and what you can...

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Last week a study by pet company Itch revealed that more than a third of dogs adopted by Brits during the past year have never been to the park – and some puppies haven’t even left the house. Puppy sales have been at an all-time high due to the pandemic and more people staying at home, but the restrictions of lockdown have also meant that many dogs have not been exercised or socialised in the way that they normally would have been and this could have major consequences for a whole generation of pups. The study carried out by Itch in...

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It’s true, all dogs smell. A little bit. It’s natural and it’s not realistic to think you can prevent your dog from smelling of anything at all. They need the oil that is present in their coat in order to stay healthy and you shouldn’t wash them too frequently if you want to make them smell less ‘doggy’. Older dogs and pedigree breeds tend to smell more that younger dogs or cross breed dogs, but overall, your dog shouldn’t smell so bad that it causes you problems. This could indicate that there is some sort of issue and it’s a...

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