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Fiona has a three-year-old cross-breed rescue dog she’s owned for five months. He has settled in well and has a gentle nature, but is terrified of the vacuum cleaner. Fiona asks how can she cure his fear? The key thing here is to introduce the vacuum cleaner to him slowly...
Dog owner Peggy has a working cocker spaniel who loves to play ball over and over again. Peggy asks; will this repetitive running after the ball damage his leg joints or, as a working dog, is he able to withstand a lot of exercise? It’s great your dog loves to...
Barbara Turner asks Bruce; how do I cut my dog’s black nails? There is a pink area underneath each nail with nerves and a blood vessel, called the quick. This means it’s living, and if cut, will bleed and hurt. The quick is easy to see on dogs with white...
Ann Highgate asks if supplements are the best thing for her West Highland Terrier’s very dry skin? Supplements are important and work wonders for all kinds of doggy ailments, but it’s best to first check if there is are any underlying issues. Your dog’s dry skin could be due to...
Lucy Miles is collecting her new puppy soon and asks; are puppy pads a good idea for house training puppies? In short, yes they are a useful training tool, but shouldn’t be used too much or for too long. Puppy pads are specially scented pads designed to encourage dogs to...
Andrea Hughes, who has recently adopted an eight-month-old mixed breed Romanian rescue dog, explains that although he’s settling in well, she hasn’t let him off the lead yet when out walking as she’s worried he’ll run off. Andrea asks; how do I know when the time is right? Firstly, congratulations...
Recent research has shown that your dog’s personality could be the same as yours. So if you’re stressed, your dog will become anxious too. Whereas if you’re a more relaxed, happy-go-lucky type, your dog will also be a chilled out canine. I’ve always known dogs pick up on the environment...
Firework fears: keeping your dog safe November the fifth may bring fun and fireworks for many, but for our dogs it can be terrifying. From big bangs to bright lights and sizzling sparklers, they don’t understand what’s happening and can be traumatised for days. Here are our top five tips...
Autumn is a beautiful season with nature’s glorious colours and, if we’re lucky, some late summer-style sunshine! But it also highlights that winter is fast approaching and this can bring skin and joint issues for some dogs. With the cooler, wetter, windier weather comes drier skin and coats and stiffer...
Most dog lovers know that chocolate is an absolute no-no for their four-legged friends, as it contains theobromine which can lead to a toxic build up and even death. But did you know there are many other human foods that are also dangerous for dogs? Here are some of them:...

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