Date archive: April 2015

Keep the chocs away from your pooch

There are two times of year that are quite dangerous for dogs and they are Christmas and Easter, because there is a lot of chocolate about and in excess it can be dangerous for your dog. In fact, most vets say there is no ‘safe’ amount of chocolate for a dog; some have died after…

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Break the chewing habit

Dogs sometimes can cause problems in the home by chewing furniture and other bits left lying around. This can be very distressing if a favourite toy gets chewed – children don’t understand it hasn’t been done out of malice but perhaps worse is the mangled handbag or shoe belonging to a visitor! Some dogs chew…

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Bringing back the pack

Dogs are essentially pack animals and although it is a long time since the average pet’s ancestors went howling across the savannah or the tundra in search of elk or whatever was their favourite snack, they still have that mentality buried deep in their brains. This is why it is important to establish a pack…

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Keeping up the good work

Taking your dog to the dog groomer in Cardiff is a real treat for you both. He feels and looks a million dollars and you haven’t had to wrestle with a wet and grumpy dog as you try and give him a bath. But the trick to keeping a nice tangle-free, sweetly-smelling dog is to…

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Beware of dangerous dogs

The problem of dangerous dogs has been with us for many decades now and although laws have been made more stringent, it is not something that can be solved overnight, if ever. As an owner of a dog which is not a dangerous breed and which is kept in tip top condition by regular visits…

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Taking your new pup to the park – he or she may be nervous

Imagine how your new pooch feels on his first trip to the park. One minute, they are in their home environment, with all the familiar smells and people and the next they are in some totally enormous space, where they can’t see the edges, and from all sides comes noise, odours and loads of feet…

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First timer at a show – what to expect

Taking your fur baby to a show for the first time can be a very stressful experience all round but it is important to bear in mind that this is all supposed to be fun – once you drop the strong competitive angle, you can have a blast. Start small with local shows before you…

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A neat new look for spring

It’s a funny thing, but spring certainly does make everyone think about a new look. For some people this means a whole new house makeover or even a garden renovation but your fur baby feels this way too and you can make him or her feel the cat’s whiskers (oops – apologies!) by getting a…

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Should I keep my fur baby in?

Every time you pick up the newspaper, turn on the TV or even log on to Facebook these days there seems to be more news about diseases your dog can pick up, some of them fatal. It is easy to get things out of proportion but a good plan is to chat to other dog…

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