Dogs love Christmas, mine even try to unwrap my Christmas presents for me. Their faces light up as they tug away at the wrapping paper. We have scoured the web to find ideal Christmas presents for dogs and dog owners.
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Shelves are being filled with Christmas goodies, pet stores and pet aisles in supermarkets are no exception with dog stockings, squeeky Christmas crackers and even dog advent calendars. Most dogs are easy to buy for, mine like food obviously so I go for those stockings with the mesh on the outside as it takes them a good few minutes to break into each one. Gift wise, a soft rope toy always goes down well as does the ensuing game of tug.
Dog owners are a little harder to buy for, here are some great presents to buy dog owners as well as interesting things we found for dogs themselves. More on Christmas presents for dogs and dog owners...
We were enjoying a great walk in the woods but Molly disappeared. She blends into the leaves rather well, where did she go?
Autumn is a great time of year, Molly loves walking in the leaves, the only problem is that she blends in very well. Can you find her in the picture?
Find my dog Molly in the picture in the woods
I want my dogs to be healthy and around for a long time so I make sure I give them plenty of exercise and feed them good quality dog food. The problem is, it is a chore to buy a good quality dog food.
Even the specialist dog food/products stores are now stocking mostly the big name brands, which unfortunately have very little meat/vegetables/quality source protein and are stacked with fillers. Looking at the ingredients, a typical big brand dog food such as Pedigree, Butchers, Supermarket home brands etc are 4% meat and animal derivatives and 90+% ash or other random ingredient. Read more on quality dog food
The start of November can be a very stressful time for dogs and their owners especially when your dog has a fear of loud noises and bangs. What can you do to help your dog (and you) at this time of year?
With enough forward planning it is possible to desensitise your dog to fireworks, but lets face it bonfire night creeps up so quickly it is here before we know it. This post lists some ways to train your dog to not be worried by fireworks but also gives some last minute advice. Tips to prepare your dog for fireworks
A mystery dog illness that took the lives of dogs in 2009 and 2010 is claiming more lives this year. The strange illness seems to be affecting dogs in Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk walking in wooded areas.
The Animal Health Trust (AHT) has launched an investigation into the illness and are asking for dog owners in those regions (and beyond) to take their dogs to a vet if they seem unwell and to provide the AHT with as much information as possible to help narrow down the source of the illness. More on the dog illness and the signs to look out for...
Don’t you just love this time of year for dog walks? You dress according to the weather then at the furthest part of the walk from home the weather changes. The skies started off dark grey and full of rain so off we went with our coats then the clouds cleared and the sun came out. Can you find Molly in the picture? Bonus points if you know where we are. It is a little overgrown these days but not long ago it was a very popular tourist attraction.
Dog insurance works in the same way as most other forms of insurance. For a premium each month (or annually) you should be covered for veterinery bills up to a certain value to save you big bills. But not all dog insurance policies are the same, infact each are very different.
Your dog insurance policy should provide peace of mind, should you dog fall ill or become injured your insurance policy should take away the worry of paying for treatment. Insurance companies have changed their policies so much in recent years adding on little extras such as third party claims, advertising help if your dog goes missing etc making dog insurance quite complicated to buy. Here is a handy little guide on how to decipher a dog insurance policy and what to look out for. More on dog insurance policies
This is Molly's favourite wood and the leaves are already beginning to fall, which means she blends in well.
My ther dog Toby was in the bushes chasing who knows what but Molly is hiding. Can you find her in the picture?
Find my dog Molly in her favourite woods
Most peoples experiences of dog training emanate from programmes on TV, but there are very conflicting methods of training your dog. Cesar Milan (the Dog Whisperer) punishes bad behaviour whereas Victoria Stilwell (It's Me or the Dog) rewards good behaviour.
Pick up a book and the training methods inside will most likely use positive or negative reinforcement and many books won`t actually state that they use that particular technique. But which is best? Which dog training method is best for you?
The RSPCA today (3rd August) are running a 24 hour tweetathon, highlighting the invaluable work they do every day of the year. Of course the RSPCA doesn`t just focus on dogs but on all variety of animals in need of help.
The RSPCA 24 hour tweetathon was inspired by a twitter stream run by RSPCA Inspector Tony Woodley, while he has been on call he has been tweeting about his job, for example “#RSPCA247 : E: HEDGEHOG. TRAPPED DOWN A HOLE WHERE A GOAL POST WOULD BE, 12CM ACROSS AND 40CMS DEEP, UNABLE TO GET FREE”. Read more about the RSPCA 24 hour tweetathon