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Puppy Socialisation – 12-16 weeks

Socialisation is the process by which a puppy learns how to interact with other living creatures, including humans and habituation is the process of becoming accustomed to environmental things, such as vacuum cleaners and fireworks. You can find a wealth of excellent behavioural advice and training tips from qualified behaviourists by clicking here. 12 weeks…
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Early socialisation – the first 8 weeks

Socialisation is the familiarisation with living creatures and habituation is the process of getting used to environmental things and situations. Puppies will start socialising from around 15 days of age but by 4-5 weeks of age their socialisation and habituation will be at its height, especially for multiple-puppy litters. Now that all their senses have…
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Advice for Weaning your Puppy

Weaning is the stage of the puppy learning to eat solid food and moving away from suckling milk, this learning process starts when the puppies are around 3 weeks of age and lasts around 4 weeks although for some it can take a little longer. Weaning is usually triggered by several events which all tend…
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Your Puppy’s Development

Sign up to our newsletter From the moment your dog is born, it begins an incredible journey of growth and development. Our ROYAL CANIN® Dog Timeline charts that journey, from puppy to adult to senior. Each growth stage explains the important events and developments, helps you understand how this effects your dog’s dietary needs, and…
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Your puppy’s nutrition

Sign up to our newsletter Your puppy’s nutrition One of the most important decisions you need to make at this time is what you will feed your puppy, and you’ll want to choose carefully now to give them the very best. Deciding what to feed your puppy is not always simple, you will need to…
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Christmas Hazards

Live trees Although a mainstay of any Christmas season, live Christmas trees can be dangerous for cats and dogs. This is because pine needles can be ingested and, in some cases, puncture your pet’s intestines. Not only this, but pine is highly toxic to cats and can potentially cause liver damage. Artificial trees Generally, an…
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Keeping Your Pets Safe at Christmas

Christmas is often a time for festive cheer and indulgence with loved ones – something many of us look forward to all year round. During the Christmas period, it can be more difficult to resist treating your pets with scraps of human foods. However this temptation must be resisted because many harmful ingredients make their…
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The Bulldog – Information, Facts and Advice

Learn about the Bulldog’s history, diet, and health by reading this Bulldog guide – discover what makes this breed unique! The English Bulldog’s Origin The English Bulldog is perhaps the most iconic of the British native breeds, with one of the oldest breed clubs. Their ancestors may have been bred for an era when bull…
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The Cavalier King Charles – Information, Facts & Advice

Learn about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s history, diet and health to discover what makes this breed unique. The Cavalier King Charles’ Origin The Cavalier King Charles’ history makes for an interesting read! The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the King Charles Spaniel were considered the same breed until the early 1900’s, when a division…
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The Golden Retriever – Information, Facts & Advice

Learn about the Golden Retriever’s history, health and diet by reading this Golden Retriever guide – discover what makes this breed unique! The Golden Retriever’s Origin The first yellow Retriever, i.e. the founding creature of this breed, was “Nous” – a yellow puppy from a litter of Black Wavy Coated Retrievers. Lord Tweedmouth is credited…
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The Cocker Spaniel – Information, Facts & Advice

Learn about the Cocker Spaniel’s diet, health and history by reading this Cocker Spaniel guide – discover what makes this breed unique! The Cocker Spaniel’s Origin The Cocker Spaniel gets its name from the job it was originally bred to do – to flush out woodcock on the hunt. Today, they are one of the…
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The Labrador Retriever – Information, Facts & Advice

Learn about the Labrador’s history, diet, and health to discover what makes this breed unique. The Labrador Retriever’s Origin The Labrador, also known as the lab, was initially bred to help the local fishermen bring in their nets and pull carts loaded with fish. The Labrador’s ancestor was known as the St John’s dog. The…
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