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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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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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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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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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Working With Dogs – A Muddy Morning

Working With Dogs – A Muddy Morning

“I really hope this is just mud…” I think to myself with growing horror as I am laying face down in the thick, squelchy muck. Carly, the rather enthusiastic shar pei cross I am walking, is still pulling impatiently on the lead to get on with the walk, dragging me further through the cold, wet sludge. Eventually I bring myself to my feet and assess the damage – I am covered in the stuff. I tentatively sniff my hands and…

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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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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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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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Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Dogs 2015

Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Dogs 2015

Looking for the perfect gift for your four legged friend this Christmas? Well look no further! Here are my top 5 gifts for dogs this year. Kong Toys Kong toys are one of the leading brands of dog toys in the UK, and for good reason! With a large range of toys for all sizes, ages and breed of dog, there’s something for everyone. Kong toys tend to be long lasting and much more durable than most toys. They also come…

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