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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 11 September 2015
Created: 26 November 2014

Did you know that on average dogs live for thirteen years, although many can live for much longer? Depending on the age of your dog when you bring it into your home, there may be many years to commit to and clearly not everyone understands this. So many of us have dogs in our homes but not everyone understands much about them or the commitment (in time and money) it takes to care for a dog… for life!

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 04 August 2015
Created: 28 October 2014

This is useful reading if you are thinking about getting a dog and/​or you are being pestered for one by your child. Everyone, not just a child, should understand the needs of a dog and consider whether or not they can properly fulfil those needs, before they decide to add one to the family…

Sadly too, it can be the case that children all too often promise to help look after a dog and then get distracted with the next fashion fad, leaving their parents to do much or all of the work! So parents need to be sure it is what they want to commit to too. 

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 01 March 2016
Created: 24 July 2014

Something just prompted me to say a few words about how we behave badly and then blame our pets!

More often than not, the bad behaviour is ours!

In the UK, according to a study, the RSPCA reported that between 2007 and 2012 the number of pets abandoned had risen by a staggering 65%! The annual “STRAY DOGS SURVEY” undertaken by the Dogs Trust, shows that the number of stray dogs in the UK now stands at over 110,000 (see the full report here at Dogs Trust website).

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 19 July 2016
Created: 24 July 2014

Here in the UK when we have some very blue skies, beautiful sunshine and it’s warming up, we are mindful that whether we are off out with our dogs or we will be leaving them at home, then there are some extra things to think about.

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 04 August 2015
Created: 19 August 2013

We don’t believe that there is such a thing as a dangerous breed of dog that warrants ‘breed specific’ legislation. It may well be true that certain breeds of dog have over generations been ‘genetically engineered’ by humans to develop certain capabilities, however, just like people, dogs have individual temperaments and personalities – ask any dog owner who loves their dog.

No matter what their genetic background, given a loving owner, there is no reason to say that any one dog is predisposed to be dangerous more than any other. If your dog is fearful or aggressive, then this says more about you!

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 03 August 2015
Created: 19 August 2014

Dogs bark for all sorts of reasons, it could be to tell you that they want something, like exercise, a toilet break or some other attention from you (like food or play); it could be a warning about something they feel may be a threat, excitement over something they would like to get close to or chase, a warning where someone or something has invaded ‘their’ territory, or because something has surprised them or is different from usual!

When your dog barks it may not be an issue to you and you might not be in the least concerned about stopping them; there may, however, be times when it is really not convenient or perhaps it’s even a downright nuisance… to you and others!

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