What You Need To Know When You Bring Home A Rescue Dog

What You Need To Know When You Bring Home A Rescue Dog

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Whenever we decide to add members to our family, our daily lives need to change a little to accommodate them and help them to settle in. This is especially true when we are rehoming a dog, as they will likely have some personality quirks due to what they've been through - either in the previous life, or just because of the stress of moving home and joining a new family. Here are some tips to help you welcome your new pup as seamlessly as possible. 
The Warning Signs of Aggression

The Warning Signs of Aggression

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You may have noticed that more and more people are experiencing dog bites than seemingly ever before. The newspapers seem to have a new story on the matter every week. And, you may not want to believe it, but your own dog is capable of delivering a bite just as much as the untrained pit bull down the road. 
Top 10 Tips For Anxious Dogs

Top 10 Tips For Anxious Dogs

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It's no secret that mental health problems are pretty common in people, with approximately 1 in 6 of us Brits reporting symptoms each week [1]. But, did you know that it's even more of a problem for our dogs? 

What Are The Best Dog Harnesses?

What Are The Best Dog Harnesses?

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You may have noticed more and more dogs are now wearing harnesses when they go off on adventures - but why are they wearing them? Are they better than other pieces of equipment? Are certain harnesses better than others? Let's find out!
Is My Dog Trying To Dominate Me?

Is My Dog Trying To Dominate Me?

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If you're experiencing problems with your dog, you may be thinking that they're trying to assert their dominance over you, or be your family's 'alp...
What Is A 'Kong' And How Do I Use It?

What Is A 'Kong' And How Do I Use It?

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You will regularly hear dog owners, groomers, and trainers raving about the wonder that is the 'Kong' - but, what exactly is it, do you need one, and how do you even use it? 

We're here to answer all of these questions and, TLDR: yes, you need one! 
Reduce, Reuse... Give To The Dog?

Reduce, Reuse... Give To The Dog?

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Entertaining our dogs can sometimes be a challenge, particularly if they LOVE to be active and you can't get out with them (like in the recent stormy weather!). However, it is an important part of having a dog, and can stop them from developing some problematic behaviour, such as excessive barking or destroying the furniture. 

Here are our top three ways you can get your pup's brain turning, without breaking the bank. 

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Happy

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Happy

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Most dogs of today have a lovely, relaxing lifestyle, with a warm bed to snuggle up in, food whenever they want it, and a loving family around them. However, this life of luxury often paves the way for boredom, which can bring a whole host of issues to you as the owner.

But, there are ways you can keep your dogs occupied, whilst still giving them a fabulous life! We've put together a collection of five toys you can give to your dog to ensure they stay get all the activity they need - helping them to be on their best behaviour. 

5 Doggy Must-Haves For When They're Home Alone

5 Doggy Must-Haves For When They're Home Alone

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It’s a sad fact that many of us are having to go back into our offices, leaving our dogs home alone. This can be a scary and unsettling time for our pups, so it’s vital that we set them up to be as calm as possible.

Luckily, there are five must-have products out there, that can really help our dogs to settle down without us.

 

Stop separation anxiety in its tracks

Stop separation anxiety in its tracks

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Leaving our dogs home alone is a worrying experience, especially when they’re not used to it. With lockdowns happening on-and-off for the last two years, our dogs are either out of practise with being alone, or they’ve never had to experience it at all.

 

Feed Your Dog Happy

Feed Your Dog Happy

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It seems crazy to think that what we feed our dogs can change their emotions and behaviour, right? But every aspect of their diet has the power to ...
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Getting the Perfect Bed for your Pooch

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Getting the Perfect Bed for your Pooch

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Is your dog constantly moving around in the night, keeping you up? Or do they wake up stiff and take a while to get up and get moving? The issue could be that their bed isn’t comfy enough, which can lead to soreness and a bad night’s sleep.
Frosty the Snow-Dog: Getting Your Dog to LOVE Snow

Frosty the Snow-Dog: Getting Your Dog to LOVE Snow

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We’re all waiting for the first snowfall of the season, dreaming of snowball fights and sledging competitions. Most of us want to be able to share in the fun with our dogs – there’s nothing quite like seeing your fur-baby run around in the snow with a goofy grin on their face! But whilst some dogs take to snow straight away, a lot of our pups can actually be scared of it when they first experience it.

To make sure your pup can relax and have fun in the snow, make sure you follow these steps before charging out to build a snowman.

Help! My Dog Isn’t Eating!

Help! My Dog Isn’t Eating!

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It can be a worrying time to be a pet parent when your dog stops eating. We all know how important eating is, so when your dog purposefully isn’t willing to eat, it’s hugely concerning. The tips below are designed to help you encourage your dog to eat.
How To Understand Your Dog

How To Understand Your Dog

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As dog owners, we often joke about how great it would be if our dogs could talk. This is a dream that owners and scientists have pursued for a long-time, and has recently resulted in the use of dog-friendly soundboards which let dogs communicate in English. But understanding your dog doesn’t need any fancy technology or training skills. Our dogs are constantly talking to us, only they use their body language rather than words. All you need to do is watch, and you will hear them.
How to Survive Firework Night

How to Survive Firework Night

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A lot of dogs struggle with the loud bangs and fizzes that come with firework night. Whilst you can work with your dog to help them overcome this fear, this can take a lot of time. Sometimes, you just need a way to get through and manage the occasion as best as you can: and that’s exactly what the tips below can help with.
Dealing with Trick-or-Treaters When Your Dog Hates the Postman

Dealing with Trick-or-Treaters When Your Dog Hates the Postman

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We’re all familiar with dogs barking at the postman: barking at the door is an incredibly common behaviour in pet dogs, and can happen for a handful of reasons. Whatever the reason, the way to get them to quiet down is the same. We talk through how to manage this behaviour, and how to teach your dog not to do it in the long-term. 

How To Get Your Dog to Love Fireworks

How To Get Your Dog to Love Fireworks

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Firework season can strike dread into most pet-owners’ hearts. There is a way for you to help your pooch long-term, and this should be started with as long as possible before you’re expecting fireworks.
Near-Indestructible Dog Toys For Tough Chewers

Near-Indestructible Dog Toys For Tough Chewers

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Every dog on the planet has a need to chew: it’s a natural behaviour that’s hard-wired into their brains. But, of course, some dogs chew harder than others, and they need a near-indestructible dog toy.
Destructive Dogs: Dos and Don’ts

Destructive Dogs: Dos and Don’ts

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One of the most common behaviour problems reported among the UK dog population is “destructive behaviour”. It’s a very natural behaviour but can often leave you frustrated and infuriated. So, if you’re used to ripped up furniture, chewed doorways, holes in the garden, and destroyed dog toys, this one is for you.
Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety

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Dogs are inherently social creatures, and are not genetically set up for being left to their own devices. It is down to owners to teach them how to survive - or even enjoy - time alone.
Tough Dog Toys for Heavy Chewers

Tough Dog Toys for Heavy Chewers

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Choosing the right toys for your heavy chewers is a tough task, especially for the younger puppies that are still teething. Sometimes it’s as if they’ll chew everything they aren’t supposed to be chewing! Even when we do give them a toy that was bought for them, they’ll often rip through it in minutes.
Introducing a new bed to your dog

Introducing a new bed to your dog

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If you find that your dog is ignoring that plush new bed you’ve bought for them, or is consistently lying next to the bed rather than in it, here are some tips that may just work for your pup.
Reducing fireworks night stress

Reducing fireworks night stress

Behaviour
Just like for us humans, stress can be a big problem for dogs. Too much stress or anxiety can quickly lead to health problems and behavioural issues and one thing that stresses a lot of dogs more than anything is fireworks.
Boredom Buster Tips

Boredom Buster Tips

Behaviour
As most of us are starting to return back to normality with children going back to school and the return to the office for a lot of us, we have some great tips for keeping your dog entertained.
The Necessity of Nap Time

The Necessity of Nap Time

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Sleep is a vital part of a dog’s day, and contributes towards both their physical and their emotional health. In fact, sleep is so important that a healthy adult dog needs between 12 and 15 hours of sleep in any 24-hour cycle. This can be up to 20 hours in puppies, elderly dogs, and larger breeds!
What do your lead walks look like?

What do your lead walks look like?

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If your dog is pulling like a steam train at the end of the lead, and you feel like you need an arm brace every time you take them out, then I’m here to tell you: you are not alone!
Walkies: for you, or for your dog?

Walkies: for you, or for your dog?

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The whole concept of ‘going for a walk’ automatically conjures up images of travelling, covering large distances, getting an ache in your legs. But is this really what gets your dog excited?
Diaries of a Reactive Dog Owner - Lesson One

Diaries of a Reactive Dog Owner - Lesson One

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No matter their experience, no matter their qualifications, everyone and their mum will want an input into your training journey. But, and I can’t overstate this enough, you should not listen to them.
Diaries of a Reactive Dog Owner – Intro

Diaries of a Reactive Dog Owner – Intro

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Despite common misconception, training of any animal is not a smooth line that just goes up and up, but more of a canyon-esque landscape with holes and pitfalls throughout until you finally reach the endpoint. It’s a process of trial and error, working out what works for you, working out what works for your furry companion, all whilst juggling an ever-changing and unpredictable environment.