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Pet Transport
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How to teach your dog to SIT
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How to STOP your dog barking excessively
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A guide to dog-friendly holidays in the UK
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Keeping Koi Carp
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Grain Free Dog Food
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Where to get Pet Advice
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The War on Worms
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How to Give Your Dog a Happy Christmas
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Does Your Dog Shake?
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Just Brought Home a Rescue Dog? Keep These Pointers in Mind
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Are Your Pets Safe from Potential Electrical Hazards in the Home?
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What Are the Most Popular Puppy Breeds?
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Preventing Flea, Tick and Heartworm Infestations
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Do You Believe These Commonly-Heard ‘Facts’ About Dogs?

Pet Transport

There was a time when taking your dog on a foreign holiday was unthinkable. International pet travel was possible but impractical because it involved months of quarantine and stress. Thankfully, since the introduction of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and the Pet Passport, travelling abroad with your dog is much easier. But, it’s still not as simple as jumping in the car and heading off across the channel on your holidays. The rules about taking a pet abroad are understandably quite strict. There are certain things you “must” do before you travel within Europe. Within the PETS scheme, there is[…]

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How to teach your dog to SIT

In this post, we are going to show you the easiest and quickest way to teach your dog to sit on command. The sit command should be the first thing you teach your dog because he sits naturally, it’s easy for him to master and it’s the foundation of all future training. Preparation Before we move on to the practical steps of how to teach your dog to sit, let’s look at what you can do to prepare for your training session. Patience – Whether you’re basic training with a puppy or teaching older dogs new tricks, the secret to[…]

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How to STOP your dog barking excessively

Bark up the right tree with these noise control methods. The relentless loop of a dog’s bark at night-time can test even the most patient dog owners (and their neighbours…). And visitors don’t often appreciate a full decibel greeting from your hound when they approach! So what’s to be done? Dogs bark, right? Yes, all dogs do bark. But if your poochy pal is making an excessive racket, there are definitely things you can try to make it more of a hushed puppy. It won’t be possible to silence your dog completely, and neither should that be something you strive[…]

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A guide to dog-friendly holidays in the UK

Pamper your pooch – a guide to dog-friendly holidays in the UK An increasing number of holiday destinations and visitor attractions are now pet-friendly; from National Trust houses and gardens to cosy cottages and holiday parks, the range of options for pet lovers has expanded greatly in recent years. We take a look at 10 great places to explore, offering a superb experience for both two and four legged visitors, and provide some handy hints when travelling with your dog! Fountains Cottage – North Yorks Located in the shadow of Fountains Abbey, one of North Yorkshire’s premier attractions, the cottage[…]

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Keeping Koi Carp

If you are thinking of keeping Koi carp, our beginner’s guide should give you a general overview and understanding of things to consider before buying your first fish. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to Koi, provide you with the basic information you need to give them a good home and keep them healthy and most of all, help you enjoy being a Koi owner. Beginners Guide to Keeping Koi Carp Koi Carp may not be at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to buying a pet. In fact, some people wouldn’t even consider a fish a pet.[…]

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Grain Free Dog Food

Should your dog go grain-free? Many vets and animal nutritionists are now advocating the use the ‘grain free’ dog foods. Consequently, more pet owners are now searching through content labels to identify products without ingredients such as rice, wheat, oats and corn. Instead, they are favouring meat-based formulas where the menu items on offer are more likely to include chicken, lamb, beef, turkey or fish. This rising trend seems set to continue, so is ‘grain free’ just the latest episode in canine lifestyle-chic? Or would a change of diet bring your dog real benefits? Time to chew over the details[…]

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Where to get Pet Advice

Caring for the furry members of our family can be a bit challenging at times. While these loved ones are able to provide a great deal of fun and affection, it is still a fact that they can be a bit of trouble. Or, you may have just purchased a dog or cat and are unaware of how it should be raised. From the most common questions to those which require the sound advice of a trained professional, where are you to turn? This is a very interesting question and in order for you to make the right choices at[…]

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The War on Worms

Sometimes, ensuring your pet receives their regular worming treatment, can be an uphill struggle. Cats, in particular, can be quite reluctant when it comes to taking part in this necessary worming activity (we have experienced many a sharp claw and human blood loss over the years in the worming battle!). In order to worm successfully, many pet owners often have to employ a crafty strategy to help guarantee success! Worms can’t be vaccinated against, so ensuring that you worm your pets on a regular basis will help to ensure they remain free of worms and are protected. There are some[…]

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How to Give Your Dog a Happy Christmas

Most people love Christmas. It’s a time for us all to celebrate, enjoy seeing family and friends and have some downtime as well. However if you have a dog you should take care to ensure they have a good time too. There are several potential hazards and issues that could crop up at this time of year that could cause your pet problems. Read on to find out more. Be strict – no human treats We hear of some humans offering their dogs a mini Christmas dinner to enjoy. Dogs should have a good-quality pet food all year round, and[…]

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Does Your Dog Shake?

Dogs are smart creatures. They instinctively know when to do certain things, while they pick up other traits from their mother at a young age. But what about shaking? Why does your dog do that? A shake after the bath If you’ve ever given your puppy or dog a bath, you’ll know they shake at the first opportunity once they’ve got wet. There is one simple reason for this – it’s the best way to get the majority of water out of their fur. A dog has an instinct to shake when they’re wet. The water can make them feel[…]

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Just Brought Home a Rescue Dog? Keep These Pointers in Mind

Giving a home to a rescue dog is an admirable thing to do. Some people only ever adopt from rescue centres and shelters, instead of buying puppies from breeders. If this is the route you want to go down, make sure you read the following pointers. They will help ensure you are prepared for your new pet. What breed is your dog? Some breeds have traits other breeds don’t. For example, some breeds are easier to train than others. Some will need more exercise than others. Similarly, some may be pre-disposed to certain medical conditions that never affect other breeds.[…]

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Are Your Pets Safe from Potential Electrical Hazards in the Home?

No doubt you’re aware of the need to puppy-proof your home when buying or adopting a new puppy. However, regardless of the age or type of pet you have, the need for electrical safety is always paramount. To this end, we’ve put together some tips to help ensure your home is safe for your pet to enjoy at all times. Watch out for trailing electrical cords These are dangerous for everyone, particularly in terms of tripping over. Tucking them well out of the way is the best way to ensure no one can trip over them – and in the[…]

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What Are the Most Popular Puppy Breeds?

Some dog breeds will always be more popular than others. However, there are times when some breeds enjoy a peak in popularity. Here we take a look at some of the most popular breeds of puppy throughout the UK today. #1: The Labrador retriever This is a great family dog and has always been very popular in the UK. According to data examined by the BBC earlier this year, it is the top dog by quite some distance. The BBC used data collected from microchipping companies over a period of 10 years. #2: The Jack Russell The second most popular[…]

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Preventing Flea, Tick and Heartworm Infestations

If you have a pet you should know it’s highly recommended to begin a course of regular flea, tick and heartworm treatments that will last throughout their life. Prevention is definitely better than cure when managing these types of pests. Your vet will be able to recommend which treatments you should use and how often they should be applied. Kittens and puppies should be wormed more often than adult cats and dogs If you have just brought a kitten or puppy home, it is important to find out when they were last wormed. Your vet will be able to supply[…]

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Do You Believe These Commonly-Heard ‘Facts’ About Dogs?

Have you ever believed a shaggy dog story about dogs and come unstuck because of it? There are plenty of things you sometimes hear people say that have no basis in fact. We’ve highlighted some of the main ones below. “It’s fine to let my dog eat scraps from the table.” You buy dog food for your dog for a reason. Dogs aren’t meant to eat human food. While some things we would eat are fine to give to a dog – such as plain chicken, for example – this shouldn’t be done regularly. If your dog has his regular[…]

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