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Seven steps to creating a dog-safe garden
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1st October 2020
Having a nice garden and a dog together don’t have to be mutually exclusive, but just as you might have to compromise on how your garden looks based on how destructive your dog is, so too do you need to make allowances and be thoughtful about what comes into your garden in order to keep your dog safe.This article will outline ....Read Full Article

What are the most common places that dogs are stolen from?
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1st October 2020
Dog theft is not as common as many dog owners fear it is; but if you’re a member of any local pets lost and stolen groups, breed-specific forums or other sites online where dog owners meet and chat, you probably feel as if you see a constant stream of appeals for help and to spread the word when a dog has been stolen or is suspected ....Read Full Article

Is it dangerous if my dog chews a battery?
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30th September 2020
Dogs love to chew, and this is actually necessary to keep their teeth in good condition; but they do need to be provided with appropriate things to chew on! Some dogs will chew on anything they can get hold of, even if it turns out to be harmful for them; like batteries.As all of us have batteries of some sort in use in the home....Read Full Article

Can toy poodles swim?
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30th September 2020
The toy poodle is the smallest of the three recognised poodle size variants in the UK, all of which are actually classed as breeds in their own right. However, they are all the same breed and share all of the same traits aside from size, including a working history, reas....Read Full Article

What colour can Dachshunds be?
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30th September 2020
The Dachshund is a very easy-to-spot dog breed thanks to their long backs and short legs. Dogs of the breed have this unique conformation due to a form of achondroplasia, or dwarfism, which causes their legs to be shorter than the norm but the rest of their conformation t....Read Full Article

7 Questions To Ask Your Dog Groomer Before Booking
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22nd September 2020
Whether you have a seriously mucky pup at home or are simply looking for a post-lockdown trim and tidy, it’s important that you choose a groomer right for you, and most importantly for your best friend. This week we caught up with Pets4Homes resident rescue dog Dassa’s favourite groomer, Surrey based Clinton Grobbelaar....Read Full Article

Five frequently asked questions about IBS or irritable bowel syndrome in dogs
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18th September 2020
IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is something most of us have heard of as a human condition, but it can also develop in dogs as well. IBS in dogs is more of a collective of symptoms rather than something caused by one underlying trigger or condition, which can make it harder to understand and to manage.This article will answer fi....Read Full Article

Five frequently asked questions about car sickness in dogs
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18th September 2020
Car sickness can be a real problem if your dog reacts badly to being in the car, and is apt to make journeys stressful and potentially messy when you do have to take them.Understanding car sickness in dogs is the key to getting on top of it, and so this article will provide the answers to five frequently asked questions about do....Read Full Article

Are cow pats or cow muck dangerous to dogs?
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18th September 2020
Cow pats are something we give a wide berth when walking in the countryside, albeit they can be hard to avoid – and many dogs do the exact opposite and take a completely inexplicable interest in them, enjoying rolling in cow poop and even, if you’re really unlucky, eating it too.This means that for the owners of dogs of this....Read Full Article

Is horse manure harmful to dogs?
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16th September 2020
Horse manure is something that many of us contend with every day when we walk our dogs, and some dogs seem to be very adept at finding it and take great pleasure in rolling in it or worse, actually eating it.If this sounds like your dog, you probably wish they wouldn’t do this and dread the associated clean-up operation – bu....Read Full Article

Four ways grass seeds can pose a hazard to your dog
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16th September 2020
Grass seeds might seem small and innocuous, but these tiny little seeds that are prolific during hayfever season can cause some real problems for dogs, as they can work their way under the skin and even into the body with relative ease.It is important to check your dog over for grass seeds in their coat after you’ve been out f....Read Full Article

Pets4Homes launches first deposit service of its kind in the UK
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16th September 2020
Pets4Homes, the UK’s largest online pet marketplace, launches new Pets4Homes Deposit Service, offering peace of mind to all parties involved in the rehoming process The UK’s largest free online pet marketplace, Pets4Homes (www.pets4homes.co.uk....Read Full Article

Five puppy training misconceptions you need to do away with before you buy a puppy
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12th September 2020
If you’re planning to get a puppy, you should also be planning to train them properly too, and this is not always a quick or simple process. You need to know what you’re getting in to where training is concerned before you bring your pup home, and rid yourself of any misconceptions about puppy training that will come back to haunt ....Read Full Article

Five things you need to have clear about what you want in a puppy before you buy one
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12th September 2020
Picking a puppy is to an extent an emotional decision, as your personalities have to match and you have to be able to bond with them.However, the journey that leads you to your puppy of choice should be rather more objective, much of which means ruling out as unsuitable dogs that would not be right for you, however much you like....Read Full Article

Five frequently asked questions about group dog walks
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8th September 2020
Group dog walks are becoming ever-more popular all over the UK, ranging from loosely organised small local gatherings of just a handful of dogs to much larger and heavily planned out events. Particularly in bigger cities, the sheer range of group walk options available can surprise owners, and breed-specific meet ups are no....Read Full Article

Five skills you need to master before you get a puppy
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8th September 2020
Living with a puppy can be great fun, but it is also a great responsibility too! It is also a bit like being a human parent, in that the experience is different for everyone, and how everyone approaches it will be rather different from case to case as well.However, regardless of how puppy ownership looks for you and how you choo....Read Full Article

Five serious potential consequences of not doing enough research before you buy a puppy
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8th September 2020
Getting a puppy should be (and is for most dog owners) a really exciting thing to do, if a little daunting given the weight of responsibility that comes with it. It should also be a wholly rewarding experience that leaves you feeling positive about your puppy itself and the choices you made on the road to bringing them home; such as th....Read Full Article

Getting ready to return to your place of work
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4th September 2020
All too many puppy buyers go from “Hey I’d like a puppy” to actually having both a puppy and an empty bank balance within the space of a week – or even less.Making the decision to get a puppy is one that should take weeks or months, not days. Making the decision of what type of puppy, and then which individual puppy to g....Read Full Article

Ten reasons why you need to think twice before buying a puppy
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4th September 2020
So you think you want a puppy? Think again. Then think about 100 more times too, all the while doing your research.In a couple of months, you might be ready to make an informed choice about whether or not you should buy a puppy, what type of puppy, and if you can care for one appropriately. In the meantime, here are ....Read Full Article

Why are some brachycephalic dog breeds so popular?
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2nd September 2020
Brachycephalic dog breeds like the French bulldog, Pug and Chihuahua are hugely popular in the UK; and in fact those three breeds are the three....Read Full Article



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