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25th July 2014
The up-front cost of buying a horse is likely to be only a fraction of the total cost of owning one, particularly if you plan to keep it over the long term.  They also make significant demands on their owner’s time.  In short, owning a horse is a major undertaking and it is best for all concerned if prospective owners h....Read Full Article

25th July 2014
The internet has changed the way we buy horses.  It isn’t just that it makes it so much easier to find prospective horses, but also that buyers now have the opportunity to make a lot of basic checks in advance so that they only go and see horses where there is a high possibility of suitability.  In other ways, however, ....Read Full Article

25th July 2014
Kittens are adorable little creatures no matter what breed they happen to be and it's all too easy to fall in love with them. However, taking on any pet is a massive responsibility because these creatures depend on their owners to care for them  for many years to come. ....Read Full Article

25th July 2014
Keeping chickens is fun and has become extremely popular over recent times. However, if you are considering having a few chickens in your back garden so you get lovely fresh eggs, you need to do a little research first to make sure you would be allowed to do so. You also ....Read Full Article

24th July 2014
When people talk about Bolognese, they are usually referring to a spaghetti dish, but Bolognese is also the name given to a breed of dog! As you might expect, the Bolognese is Italian in origin, and is one of the rarer small dog breeds around today. The Bolog....Read Full Article

24th July 2014
If you keep rabbits, you probably got them with the intention of enjoying holding, stroking and playing with your cute and cuddly companions, and enjoying watching them go about their often-entertaining daily lives. Rabbits do bond strongly with their owners ....Read Full Article

24th July 2014
You have probably heard of the silent whistle or the Galton whistle as a dog training aid, although they are not as widely used today as they have been in the past. A silent whistle isn’t exactly silent per se; it is just that the sound that it produces cannot be heard by the human ear! The hearing of the dog covers a d....Read Full Article

24th July 2014
Feeding your pet rabbit an appropriate diet that fulfils all of their needs is essential in order to keep your rabbit healthy, and ensure that they stand the best chance of reaching old age. People often mistakenly think of the rabbit as an easy pet to keep, particularly when it comes to feeding them; but in fact, the metabolism of rab....Read Full Article

24th July 2014
All mammals see slightly differently to each other, so it is understandable that the vision of pet rabbits is not the same that we have as humans have, both in terms of the range of their vision and how they perceive the world around them. Anything that helps you to develop a better understanding of your pet and how they interact with ....Read Full Article

24th July 2014
If you own more than one dog or if your dog regularly comes into contact with other dogs, such as at a park or other popular walking location, you may have observed on occasion the behaviour of one dog appearing to stalk other dogs, either one specific dog or several of them. The reasons behind why one dog might appear to hav....Read Full Article

24th July 2014
Herding dogs are dogs from any of the various breeds across the world that were trained and developed to assist with herding and managing livestock. Whether large or small, herding dogs share several traits, including high intelligence, a low boredom threshold, boundless energy and an overwhelming desire to work and herd! Herding dogs ....Read Full Article

24th July 2014
Certain dog breeds need very little coat maintenance, due to having short, straight and single-layered fur that largely takes care of itself. However, if your dog is the exact opposite of this, being longhaired, double coated or a really heavy shedder, you probably find yourself waging a constant battle with a hoover and a grooming kit....Read Full Article

24th July 2014
Snakes and other reptiles are very clean animals, which do not thrive in a dirty enclosure. They are also particularly susceptible to carrying and developing bacterial conditions and skin problems, such as salmonella, which is transferred through their faecal matter. Salmonella can of course also affect humans, and in order to keep bot....Read Full Article

24th July 2014
If you keep any sort of reptile as a pet, such as a snake or lizard, you may begin to notice a marked change in their behaviour when the weather begins to turn cooler in the autumn. As winter approaches, certain species of reptiles, including lizards, frogs, tortoises and snakes, will begin to exhibit a slight slowing down in their dai....Read Full Article

24th July 2014
If you own a dog that makes a bid for freedom every time you open the front door, that likes to escape from the garden or that is apt to run off on occasions when you are out on walks, this can be both frightening and worrying for the owner. It is also one of the hardest canine behavioural problems to deal with. Understandabl....Read Full Article

23rd July 2014
Home cooking is now becoming more popular as discerning dog owners like to know exactly what their dogs are eating. For many, it can provide a happy medium between raw feeding and commercial food, without the risks of bacterial / parasitic infection and bone shard damage / impaction associated with raw meals. This type of diet is popul....Read Full Article

23rd July 2014
Most dog owners desire to have an obedient, responsive dog, and sometimes it is the owners of the worst-trained dogs that lament their dog’s training the most! Even with the best of intentions, training can sometimes be a challenge, particularly for inexperienced handlers or if you are following all of the correct steps, but seem....Read Full Article

23rd July 2014
The lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) is native to the Western Atlantic ocean, ranging right down from the north of Canada to the Caribbean sea. They can usually be found in costal waters around coral reefs, and other structures such a piers and breakwaters. They are also one of the most commonly kept species in the marine....Read Full Article

23rd July 2014
As pack animals, dogs are used to living their lives within a hierarchy of alpha, beta, and lower pack members, and this is the same within the family home. This also means that depending on the handling your dog has received and their general personality traits, some dogs will be much bolder and more outgoing than others, while some d....Read Full Article

23rd July 2014
The fennec fox is one of the smallest fox species in the world, and is native to the Sahara region of North Africa. They are most distinctive for their uniquely large ears, which allow them to dissipate their body heat in hot weather. These little foxes weigh just 3.5lb at most, and have thick, soft stroke-able coats and lithe, agile b....Read Full Article



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