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Tips for understanding your dog better – and why safety is so important

April 18, 2019 By admin

Dogs and humans have lived in harmony for thousands of years. It’s one of the strongest and longest-enduring relationships between our species and any animal. Dogs have and continue to help us reach new heights; they’re dependable companions, loyal servants, guards at night, and companions to the disabled. And yet, for all the stock we’ve built up together, we so regularly get things wrong. Here are four key things you need to know about your dog. Dogs live in the moment One of the biggest mistakes we make is punishing our dog for an action he/she has committed hours earlier. Read More
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Why adopting siblings can be a bad idea – what you need to know about “littermate syndrome”

April 11, 2019 By admin

While it can make all the sense in the world to adopt two dogs from the same litter – siblings, no less – this isn’t always the wisest course of action. Yes, breaking up young pups can be heartbreaking, but there are some very real reasons to avoid bringing siblings into your home. Note, what we’re going to unpack is based on anecdotal evidence but has been borne out by dog owners worldwide. So, let’s get started. Not all siblings bond in the early weeks of their life – but some do, and that bond is very profound Littermate syndrome… Read More
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Six ways to keep your dog allergies in check

April 4, 2019 By admin

If you suffer from pet-related allergies, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans report that they get the sniffles the minute a dog is around. But though it’s widely believed that your dog’s fur is to blame, this is actually false. In reality, allergies are caused by proteins produced in animal skin. These proteins are microscopic (far smaller than dust particles) and they can live in the atmosphere of your house for months at a time. Think of it as a kind of dandruff with a sticky surface that finds a way to endure. All dogs produce the protein that causes… Read More
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Common signs of ageing in dogs: what to look out for and what to be worried about

March 28, 2019 By admin

Dogs change as they get older. The same is true of any sophisticated animal. However, certain behavioral changes might not just be a symptom of the ageing process and might be indicative of a larger problem. Here are a few things to look out for. My dog is moving more slowly than usual Dogs inevitably slow down as they get older. They’re less well equipped to deal with strenuous exercise, they take frequent naps, and their movements might start to resemble those of an animal walking through mud. But not so fast. The physical changes might have a very real… Read More
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It’s all about play: how to keep your dog entertained this summer

March 21, 2019 By admin

As anyone in the Midwest will tell you, it’s been a long winter, but the good news is that bright and sunny summer months are on the horizon. With that in mind, now’s the time to start savoring the thought of getting out the house with your furry friend. Here are a few great things to do. A day out at the beach If you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean you owe it to yourself – and your dog – to take a trip to the beach. Dogs love to get stuck in to the sand; they’ll be… Read More
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Correcting the behavior of dogs that compulsively chew

March 14, 2019 By admin

Getting home from a long day at work only to find your hard-earned possessions are now dog eared and in a state beyond repair is far from ideal. And more times than not, you don’t have to go far to find the culprit. A wagging tail and a happy face will be waiting to greet you. Dogs love chewing things, for a variety of reasons, which we’ll explore in greater detail below. Stick around as we unpack this decidedly common but vexing part of life with a furry friend. Why do dogs chew? The most obvious answer is they… Read More
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Dog proof your home in a few easy steps

March 7, 2019 By admin

Whether you’re moving to a new home or bringing a pup into your house for the first time, we’ve compiled a few easy tips to “doggy proof” the different areas of your house, leaving you to happily coexist with your furry friend without needing to tear your hair out in frustration. Read on for our breakdown. The bathroom Bathrooms are places that inquisitive dogs inevitably find themselves exploring. Your first step? Close the toilet lid. Dogs are known to use toilets as their very own water bowl. Toothpaste and toothbrushes should be packed on a high shelf out of reach. Read More
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How long are dogs pregnant for – and other common pregnancy questions answered

February 28, 2019 By admin

Suspect your dog is pregnant? Wondering how long the pregnancy lasts, and how many pups are likely to be born at the end of it all? We’ve got you covered in this pregnancy guide. How do I tell if my dog is pregnant? Unlike humans, getting a read on whether your dog is pregnant or not can be tricky. The signs are not as obvious. Things to look out for include: 1. An increase in hunger levels 2. A change in behavior (often, they become keener on affection) 3. An inability or lack of desire to exercise 4. Vomiting or… Read More
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Caring for elderly dogs

February 21, 2019 By admin

With the strides made in the veterinary industry, dogs are living longer than ever. That’s a good thing in one respect: dogs that are middle aged or older tend to be much more mellow than their younger, friskier counterparts. But it also means you’ve got the responsibility of adjusting how you look after the animal. An older dog requires a different kind of care to a young pup or a prime pedigree. Below, we outline some of the things to be aware of as your dog gets older. How do I know if my… Read More
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Canine flu in focus

February 14, 2019 By admin

The winter months can be a breeding ground for viruses as people – and their pets – spend more time indoors, windows shut, heating appliances ramped up. The lack of sun and vitamin D weakens immunity, and though dogs and humans don’t share the same strains of flu, both are at risk of illness in these months. What is canine influenza? Dog flu, to give its more informal name, originated in horses and birds – depending on the strain in question. The former is known as H3N8, the latter H3N2,… Read More
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