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Groundbreaking New Study – Generation Pup

Groundbreaking New Study – Generation Pup

I have the absolute pleasure of being involved with something very exciting – Generation Pup.   Generation Pup is a groundbreaking new study funded by the Dogs Trust. This study is all about following the lives of puppies as they grow and develop. This is the first study of its kind to look at the health, behaviour and welfare of young dogs over time. What does it involve? The study involves owners filling out a series of questionnaires all about the environment, health,…

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Top Winter Safety Tips for Dogs

Top Winter Safety Tips for Dogs

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The Christmas lights are starting to go up, gifts are beginning to be bought, the days are getting shorter and it’s the last stretch before the holidays. Winter can also be a wonderful time of year for your dog too. Though this season does have some unique dangers and considerations for your four-legged friend. So follow these top tips to ensure a happy and healthy pooch throughout the long nights of Winter! Low Temperatures…

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Snuffle Mat Tutorial

Snuffle Mat Tutorial

A dog’s most powerful sense is their sense of smell, dogs just love to sniff! Giving dogs opportunities to use their nose in the home is hugely enriching for them. Snuffle mats are great ways to do this. Simply sprinkle their food or treats onto the mat and allow them to use their noses and brains to find it! This is also great to slow down fast eaters. A dog spending 5-10 minutes using a snuffle mat can actually tire…

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The Iditarod Sled Dog Race – Husky Heaven or Husky Hell?

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race – Husky Heaven or Husky Hell?

The Race Yesterday marked the official start of the 2017 Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska. The race was initially due to begin on Saturday but was postponed due to a lack of snow on part of the trail and the unusually high temperatures for this time of year. This annual race has been running since 1973 and the trail spans the entirety of the state of Alaska. A lone musher (person who drives the dogs) and a team of…

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Introducing Madison – My Beautiful Dog

Introducing Madison – My Beautiful Dog

I am so excited to announce that I am now the incredibly proud owner of my very own beautiful dog! Madison is a 4 year old Old Tyme French Bulldog. She has come from a loving home who sadly no longer have the time for her as they are adopting twins.   Madison (Maddie) has been in my life for just 2 weeks now but I am already absolutely in love. We have been on lots of exciting walks and…

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Hot Dogs to Happy Dogs: 10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs

Hot Dogs to Happy Dogs: 10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs

Summer can be wonderful time of year. Months full of beautiful weather, long daylight hours, day trips, time off work and holidays. It can also be a wonderful time of year for your dog. The better weather and longer days means that owners are more inclined to go on longer walks and do more outdoor activities that dogs can join in with. Kids are off school and many adults take time off work meaning that dogs get more company during…

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Dogs: To Hug or Not to Hug?

Dogs: To Hug or Not to Hug?

Recently there has been a great debate over whether or not you should hug your dog. Dr Coren, a professor of psychology at The University of British Columbia, recently published this article in Psychology Today. Dr Coren used random photos of people hugging dogs from google and by reading the body language of the dogs in the photo, deduced that many of the dogs were showing signs of stress and anxiety. He therefore recommended that people shouldn’t hug their dogs….

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The Dangers of Punishing Growling

The Dangers of Punishing Growling

The way that dog’s communicate with us can, at times, be complex, subtle and hard to interpret. One tool that dogs do have in their communication toolbox that is none of those things however is growling. Even the most un-doggy person knows that when a dog growls it is not happy and would really rather you stopped what you were doing before things escalate! Now, many people understand the basics of social learning theory – that is the way that…

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Crufts – The Good, The Bad, and The Fluffy

Crufts – The Good, The Bad, and The Fluffy

Crufts, the oldest and perhaps one of the most well known dog shows in the world, kicks off today. As always I find myself incredibly conflicted over this event. On the one hand it is, above all, a celebration of dogs and a gathering of dog lovers from all over the country and indeed, the world. However, on the other hand, parts of the event encourage and celebrate the breeding of unhealthy dogs and inappropriate handling. In this post I…

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New Research – Stranger Danger!

New Research – Stranger Danger!

Our relationship with dogs really is one-of-a-kind. Dogs are incredibly tuned in to our behaviours and learn a lot about a situation purely based on our reactions. Researchers at the Aix Marseille University in France have discovered that, when confronted with a stranger, dogs look to their owners for guidance and react according to their owner’s reaction. Even without an emotional response, the simple physical action of the owner moving away from – or towards – a stranger significantly affects…

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