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Month: December 2015

New Year Resolutions for You and Your Dog

New Year Resolutions for You and Your Dog

2015 is almost at an end and this is the time of year we look ahead and make plans and goals for the New Year. Some of the most popular resolutions don’t have to just benefit yourself and make you a better person, they can also be beneficial for your dog. Here’s some New Year resolution ideas to benefit both you and your dog! Get Fit and Healthy Agility classes are a brilliant way to keep both you and your…

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Make Christmas Fun and Safe for Dogs

Make Christmas Fun and Safe for Dogs

So it is officially Christmas week! Christmas is a magical time of the year but, at times, it can be a little scary, and even dangerous, for dogs. Bringing a tree into the house, rearranging furniture, new decorations, visitors, changes in routine. For some dogs this can be difficult to cope with. Here are some tips on making Christmas a fun and safe time for your dogs. The Christmas Tree For some, the tree is the most important and iconic…

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10 Beautiful Bull Breeds

10 Beautiful Bull Breeds

Now, it’s no secret that I absolutely love “bull breeds”. I think they are absolutely fabulous dogs who so often get bad reputations that they simply don’t deserve. The term “bull breeds” originally referred to a group of dogs who were initially bred for the sport of “bull baiting”. Nowadays the term “bull breeds” is mostly used to describe dogs which are “bulldog-like”. Unfortunately when some people hear the term “bull or bully breed” they assume that the dogs are…

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New Research – Dogs Actively Help Their Friends!

New Research – Dogs Actively Help Their Friends!

We know that many animals, including dogs, are highly social. True prosociality is extremely rare however. Prosociality is where an individual voluntarily takes action to benefit others, often with little or no benefit to themselves. Humans are one of the only animals to act pro-socially, even our closest relatives – chimpanzees – have shown inconclusive evidence of doing so. I’m sure most of us have anecdotes about dogs helping each other or helping us, but are they really acting prosocially?. A…

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The Language of Dogs

The Language of Dogs

Dogs are extremely social animals (like ourselves) which means that they cannot cope with being alone for extended periods of time and need companionship to thrive. As a result, dogs are excellent communicators and can often tell us exactly how they are feeling at any given time. The challenge for us however, is to learn to understand these signals and react appropriately. Unfortunately, these communicative behaviours are often misunderstood or ignored and can ultimately lead to a very unhappy dog who,…

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Clicker Training Your Dog

Clicker Training Your Dog

Clickers are a simple, yet fantastic tool to aid dog training. Clickers are small plastic tools which fit snuggly into the palm of your hand and contain a thin piece of metal which, when pushed, makes a clicking sound. Clicker training is a relatively new technique in the world of mainstream dog training but it is a tool I would recommend to every dog owner.   What Does the Clicker Do? A click from a clicker is an instant signal to…

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Caring for an Older Dog

Caring for an Older Dog

Sadly, dog’s lives are far shorter than our own and can only be part of our lives for a relatively short amount of time. That crazy gorgeous puppy will grow up into a crazy gorgeous adult dog and then into a (probably not so crazy) gorgeous senior dog. When dogs become older they may need slightly different care in order to extend and maximise their quality of life in their senior years. Of course, different breeds become “senior” dogs at different…

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Be Puppy Prepared!

Be Puppy Prepared!

So you have made the big decision to introduce a dog into your home. Whether you have decided to adopt a dog or buy a puppy, there are a few things you need to do to prepare your home for the new arrival. Remove Hazards Believe me when I say that a puppy can find their way into anywhere and find a way to chew anything. The best way to avoid this is by removing almost everything from within reach. Buy…

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Dog Training – Where to Begin

Dog Training – Where to Begin

So you’ve got your new puppy or adopted a new dog  and you’re wondering “…what next?” How do you start the dog training process? Now not everyone will want to train their dog to jump through hoops but it’s highly recommended to teach your dog the basics, even if just for an easier, safer life! So where do you begin? 1. Find What Your Dog Will Work For Basically, what does your dog enjoy? What will they work for? Many…

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Staffordshire Bull Terriers – Super Dogs!

Staffordshire Bull Terriers – Super Dogs!

  Poor old Staffordshire Bull Terriers really do get a lot of stick in today’s day and age. They are portrayed by the media as aggressive “devil dogs” who will turn on you and your children without any warning given half the chance. They are associated with “chavs” and are considered “yob dogs” by many members of the public. Working at a rescue center, when talking to prospective adopters about the type of dog they are looking for, they often…

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