Oct 26

Prepare your dog for fireworks

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?

Prepare your dog for fireworks

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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

Sep 16

Mystery dog illness in Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk

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.

Mystery dog illness in Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk

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...

Sep 10

Where’s Molly 110910

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.
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Aug 25

Dog insurance policies – what to look out for

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.

Dog insurance policies – what to look out for

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

Aug 18

Where’s Molly 110818

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

Aug 10

Positive vs negative reinforcement

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.

Positive vs negative reinforcement

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?

Aug 03

Witness a day in the life of the RSPCA in the 24hr tweetathon

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

Aug 01

Amazing dog shaking photography

I have tried to capture a photograph of my dog shaking many times but never really managed to get that perfect shot. Fortunately photographer Carli Davidson did a much better job. Here are some fabulous images of dogs shaking.

Amazing dog shaking photography

A few weeks ago on Twitter and Facebook I posted some pictures of Bassett Hounds running, their faces and bodies being contorted by the forces imposed on them, so was excited to find these images of dogs shaking. The images whilst not being especially pretty are pretty amazing. View photos of dogs shaking

Jul 28

Alexander McQueen leaves money to dogs

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was a well known dog lover, but it has been revealed that he left £50,000 to his three dogs Minter, Juice and Callum.

Alexander McQueen leaves money to dogs

He didn`t stop there, in his will was also gave four charities £100,000 each. The lucky four include Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Blue Cross animal welfare. Read more about Alexander McQueen and his dogs

Jul 22

Council to fine dog owners to reduce complaints

Bath and North East Somerset Council are planning on fining dog owners in an attempt to reduce the amount of dog related complaints.

Council to fine dog owners to reduce complaints

A fine of £75 can be issues for reasons such as walking too many dogs at a time, not having your dog on a lead or walking a dog in an inappropriate area. Read more about the dog fines