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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 04 April 2017
Created: 15 September 2013

There are many reasons why a dog might be stressed. Some dogs simply have a nervous disposition; other dogs may not be nervous all the time but may become anxious due to associations with people, things, sounds or situations.

Most of us probably realise that one of the things most likely things to cause a problem for dogs is a strange new sound or sight, especially people wearing strange costumes that dogs are not used to or sudden loud noises like a gun going off, a car backfiring or fireworks! Fireworks can be used for many different occasions and at different times of year, unfortunately some of our dogs may not enjoy them at all!

There are other sounds that can cause your dogs similar discomfort, such as thunder and lightening, large vehicles thundering past, the air-​brakes of trucks or an old fashioned steam train whistling as it lets off steam… no doubt you can think of others!

Whatever the thing that causes your dog stress, there is a lot we can do to help!

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 04 August 2015
Created: 29 July 2014

There are a number of issues that may have you thinking about putting a muzzle on your dog. The main one that will no doubt spring to mind for most people is when your dog is inclined to snap at people or other dogs – they would be called a ‘dangerous’ dog.

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
in Food
Last Updated: 11 September 2015
Created: 24 July 2014

Dogs are natural scavengers and do not stop eating when they are full – they can easily become obese if we do not care for them properly by restricting their food to what is healthy (sometimes I wish it was possible for someone to do that for me!). 

Have you ever seen a fat dog and an owner who believes their dog is “not over-​weight, they are content!” Sadly this is a common response from a lot of dog owners who think that giving snacks and human food to animals is a way of giving love. Well, the truth is; it is a bad thing to do to your pet and is cruelty in disguise (look out for our article “Is Your Dog Overweight?”… coming soon).

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 04 August 2015
Created: 05 February 2015

Don’t we all want our dogs to be able to travel safely in our vehicles?

In fact in the UK, under the Animal Welfare Act (of England & Wales) 2006, you have a duty of care to provide for the needs of your animal — you must not transport an animal in a way that causes, or is likely to cause, injury or unnecessary suffering to that animal. We need to bear this in mind when making plans to transport our dogs in our vehicles.

For our own safety it has been law for some years for people to have to wear seatbelts while travelling in cars, taxis and mini-​cabs (even private ‘buses’), and if you have seen any of the public information films on the subject you will understand why this is important for all of us — so why not for our dogs?!

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identifying dogs from microchips
Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 26 October 2016
Created: 06 January 2015

It is a sad state of affairs that many dogs are not micro-​chipped and contact details registered on one of the free databases. More pets die from being lost and unidentified than from all infectious diseases combined!

And it seems that micro-​chipping is somewhat misunderstood by some dog owners, so we thought we’d let you know more about it.

Did you know that as from 6 April 2016 in the UK it is compulsory for all dogs to be micro-​chipped by the age of eight weeks… and if your dog is found not to have a chip you can face a fine of up to £500?

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Parent Category: Dog Talk
Last Updated: 11 September 2015
Created: 04 December 2014

If you live in the UK are you aware of the provisions of the “Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005″, under which it is an offence for anyone while in charge of a dog to fail to pick up their dog’s waste from public places? 

In the USA it is the Law in most States (with very few exceptions) that dog owners must clean up after their pets. Fines range from $20 to $10,000 and are common in every state, city and township.

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