Discover: Dogs


Puppy Socialisation and Training Tips

When you first bring your puppy home, they will be entering your life and their new surroundings for the very first time. To enable a puppy to develop the behaviour and skills required, it’s important to help them to settle into their environment with gentle training, socialisation and familiarisation as early as possible. Essentially, socialising…
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Skin Guide for Your Cat & Dog

Sometimes problem skin is more than just a skin problem Itching, scratching and biting may be the first signs you see, yet they are often only a symptom of what’s going on beneath your pet’s coat. Indeed, when licking and scratching starts, pay attention – what’s happening on the outside, may actually be coming from…
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5 Foods Your Dog Should Avoid

The only thing your pet needs to eat is a nutritionally complete and balanced pet food – given alongside unlimited clean and fresh drinking water. However, there are certain food items you really should avoid giving to your pets as they can cause upset stomachs or poisoning. Milk, cream, cheese Adult pets are essentially lactose…
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Travelling with Dogs – A Guide

When it comes to travelling and embarking on new adventures, the idea of bringing your dog along with you is becoming more popular and acceptable than ever. Holiday packages are being designed around animals as well as owners, and many hotels and holiday providers have adapted their attitudes toward dogs – they very much welcome…
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Week by Week From Birth to Weaning

  The first few weeks of a puppy’s life are crucial to their development, and are an exciting time for you to watch and be involved in. This guide takes you through the first 8 weeks, showing you what to expect as your puppies grow. [timeline units="week"] 1 Day 1 Four primitive reflexes At birth,…
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Your Dog’s Pregnancy Week by Week

  Female dogs (bitches) generally give birth around 63 days after conception, with a few variations between 56 and 70 days depending on the exact time of fertilisation in relation to mating. This step by step guide tells you what to expect during your dog’s pregnancy and gives you practical advice and important information to…
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Body Condition Score

[bodycondition] Drag the slider so that it roughly matches your pet's weight, and check the accompanying descriptions to assess your pet's body condition. This tool should only be used as a guide to recognise that different breeds have different body characteristics. If you have any concerns, you are strongly advised to consult your vet for…
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How to Choose Your Puppy

The decision to have a dog as a pet has long term consequences and should not be taken lightly. A dog lives more than ten years on average and therefore you should aim to choose a dog whose specific requirements and needs (e.g. exercise, training, grooming etc), you will be able to meet, but you…
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Dog Body Condition Check

Please note that some breeds and different lifestages may have different ideal body condition scores. Always consult your vet if you are unsure. Click here to check your dog’s body condition.
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Preventing Excess Weight in Dogs

Keeping your dog in shape Excess weight corresponds to an imbalance between energy intakes and energy outputs. Excess food consumption (greater than an animal’s requirements) is usually central to this problem. If the trend continues, weight gain will lead to obesity: a recognised disease. A weight-loss plan which includes a specifically adapted diet will best…
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Dog Care & Maintenance

Looking after your dog This includes dedicating time daily to outings and activities. It also includes a couple of regular practices in hygiene and observation which will ensure good health and identify any possible problems. Outings Social outings and providing physical activity is one of the first considerations when caring for a dog. As a…
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Microchipping Your Dog

The prospect of your pup getting lost – and maybe slipping out of his collar or losing his name tag – is unbearable. Dog theft is on the increase today as well, so security is becoming an issue for all dog owners. How microchipping works Microchipping, which is the painless insertion of a microchip under…
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