How to help your dog cope with fireworks

Bonfire night is fast approaching and this means fireworks! It is very common for dogs to be frightened of fireworks and other loud noises as they can find the unpredictable bangs and flashes distressing. Read our tips to help you and your dog cope.

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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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Children misread aggressive signals from dogs

Psychologists at Lincoln University have been conducting studies aiming to teach children to interact more safely with dogs. Alarmingly, they have found that children very often misread the signals of aggression that dogs send out and they believe that these misunderstandings result in thousands of young children being attacked.

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Common Dog Ailments

All dog owners must deal with illness at some point in their pet’s life. Like us, dogs can fall sick for a variety of reasons and need special care and treatment. Since your dog cannot verbally communicate their discomfort or symptoms to you, it’s important to educate yourself about how to prevent diseases, learn to […]

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Choosing the right dog collar

There isn’t one right dog collar for every dog. Choosing the best dog collar depends on which breed of dog you have and what types of activities your dog enjoys. Think of your pet’s collar like his version of clothes – would you wear work boots to go dancing, or sweat pants to a nice […]

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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Canine hip dysplasia is an abnormality in the formation of the hip socket, which keeps the rear leg from fitting into it properly. It is common in large breeds, with some pure breeds having a 50% rate of incidence.

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Puppy Socialization

Puppy socialization is a means of introducing the world to your puppy and making him comfortable in it. Everything is brand new and so many experiences will be overwhelming. Puppy socialization works best when it’s accomplished in steps.

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