All posts written by Matt Beswick

Part 4: Puppy, Adult or Senior?

Now that you have decided on a breed (or several) suited to your needs, you need to decide: how old will he be? Don’t assume that a puppy is the only good option; adult dogs offer numerous benefits as well, and don’t forget about senior dogs — they too can be ideally suited to certain […]

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Part 5: Where to get your dog

There are several places where you can get a dog. The option that is best for you will depend on your budget, your preference for mixed-breed or purebred dogs and other personal considerations such as the desire to have a show dog or to adopt a homeless one. Each option has some pros and cons, […]

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Part 6: Questions to Ask Before Buying a Dog

Making the decision to get a dog, finding the breed that is right for you and deciding where to get your dog from has prepared you for the next, exciting step: finally choosing a dog! By now you not only know what you are looking for in a pet, you are also ready to answer […]

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Collection Set 10

Here we go again – Collection Set 10 is now live. As always, there are plenty of items to find, so this should keep everyone going for a little while. More updates to follow later this week on a brand new feature… and, as is customary, here are some free silver coins.

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Champz – Weekly Competition

We’ve just added a new Champz competition that introduces a ‘weekly’ score to the leaderboard and main pages. This is currently scored the same as the ‘overall’ competition, meaning that the following things are taken into consideration: Champ Flyball – Your overall speed (most important) and the difficulty of the race Champ Show – Your […]

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Why You Should Train Your Dog in Several Different Settings

Your dog learns all his lessons from his environment. When you reward him for the right actions, you are modifying his environment to reinforce good behaviour. Training a dog positively and effectively requires changes in the setting too – otherwise your dog may not be able to carry his learned responses from one situation to the next.

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What to do if your dog goes missing

When a pet goes missing, it’s crucial to act quickly and with a clear plan of action. No pet owner needs to be told of what can happen to a lost pet in the open, but the fact is that worrying will not help your dog and might even hamper your ability to act swiftly or reach out to your pet in a positive way.

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How to bath your Dog

Eeeek!—you just caught a whiff of something not particularly pleasant, and you have a good hunch as to where it is coming from. However, because you are not sure how to bath your dog and you are apprehensive in taking on the task, you are in denial; it could not possibly be your dog.

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Clicker Training

Clicker training is a behaviour modification method that draws on the principles of operant conditioning to train animals. It was devised in the mid-1940s but did not become widely known until the 1990s. It is so called because it usually employs a clicker – a plastic box with a mechanical noisemaker which works by clicking – to train the animal.

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Schutzhund Training

Schutzhund training can be a little scary to the uninitiated. From the outside the dog sport tends to look rough, and the dogs involved can look menacing. For those familiar with Schutzhund training the sport is about raising obedient, confident dogs.

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