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How to tell if your dog tends to be dominant
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16th November 2019
Canine interactions can be fascinating to watch, and dogs as a species are highly social, and they naturally seek out the company of their own kind for play, companionship and entertainment.Dogs form complex social grouping on both a permanent basis with other dogs they live with or see regularly and on a casual or transient bas....Read Full Article

What are the easiest commands to teach a dog, and why?
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15th November 2019
The intelligence of dogs of different breeds and types can be highly variable, and whilst some dogs are capable of leaning a huge vocabulary of commands and will follow them first time almost without fail, other dogs can only learn a handful of commands – and probably, only very simple ones too.How easy or hard it is to train ....Read Full Article

What are the hardest commands to teach a dog, and why?
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14th November 2019
When it comes to training dogs and teaching them new skills, there really is no broad norm in terms of what dogs are capable of. How many commands a dog can learn, how quickly dogs learn new commands, and how reliable dogs are about following commands they know can all vary hugely from dog to dog.There are also broad breed avera....Read Full Article

Has living with the human race affected how canine intelligence has evolved?
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13th November 2019
The canine and human species have lived side by side successfully for millennia, and our evolution side by side is inextricably linked together as a result.What started as a relationship of convenience to enhance both species’ chances of ultimate survival has today moved far beyond the realms of logistical necessity, into a sy....Read Full Article

What are the easiest dog breeds to toilet train?
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11th November 2019
Toilet training dogs can be a complex process that is rarely achieved quickly, and some dog breeds notably take considerably longer to get to grips with house training than others, in the opinions of many of their owners....Read Full Article

Five fascinating comparisons of Pets4Homes’ five most popular dog breeds
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10th November 2019
There are over 240 different dog breeds and types that are present in sufficient numbers to be recognisable and/or recognised as breeds somewhere in the world, and naturally, some of these are a lot more common and popular in the UK than others.The popularity of different do....Read Full Article

Why you shouldn’t let your dog chase squirrels
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9th November 2019
Squirrels are one of the most ubiquitous and commonly seen forms of wildlife in the UK after wild birds, and in fact, if you feed the local wild birds to help them to survive the winter and to enjoy the spectacle that they create in your garden, you might well find that you see almost as many squirrels at your feeders as you do birds!....Read Full Article

How many commands can a dog learn?
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8th November 2019
One thing that anyone who has even a passing familiarity with dogs will know is that all dogs are very different, and even two puppies from the same litter may well grow up to display markedly different personalities and preferences.The same is true when it comes to canine intelligence, and much like people, any two dogs might b....Read Full Article

10 things you need to know about the pointer dog breed, before you go and buy a puppy
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7th November 2019
The pointer or English pointer dog breed is a handsome, fit-looking and very personable dog that is one of our native British breeds, and these active and charming dogs can be a great fit for many different types of owners.This isn’t one of the most common dog bree....Read Full Article

Keeping your parrot or other pet bird calm and safe on Guy Fawkes night
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5th November 2019
Guy Fawkes night is one night of the year where regardless of where you live in the UK, you’re more or less guaranteed to hear fireworks going off – unless you happen to live in the Outer Hebrides or somewhere equally remote, and even then there are no guarantees of a silent night!For many pet owners, Guy Fawkes night or bon....Read Full Article

Keeping your dog safe on Guy Fawkes night or bonfire night
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5th November 2019
Bonfire night, Guy Fawkes night or whatever you call it in your own household is right around the corner, and at this time of year Halloween and Guy Fawkes night more or less blur into one for many of us.Fireworks tend to be let off for around a week either side of Bonfire night itself, which can make this a testing time of year....Read Full Article

Keeping your cat calm and safe on bonfire night
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4th November 2019
The whole of October and into November tends to see the shops filled with skeleton costumes, pumpkins and toffee apples, and other Halloween and bonfire night or Guy Fawkes night goods to put us into the holiday spirit, and many of us find this time of year very enjoyable.However, bonfire night or Guy Fawkes night goes hand in h....Read Full Article

Do greyhounds need to be given a different anaesthetic to other dogs?
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4th November 2019
The greyhound is perhaps the best-known dog of the sighthound type, and whilst this breed used to be kept mainly for racing first and as a pet secondly, today the greyhound....Read Full Article

What you need to do and provide to keep your cat indoors on Guy Fawkes night or bonfire night
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3rd November 2019
The 5th November is of course Guy Fawkes night a.k.a. bonfire night, and one of those annual milestones that really brings home to us the impending approach of winter, as autumn is already well underway.Hot on the heels of the clocks going back and of course, Halloween, Guy Fawkes night means bonfires, parties, penny for the guy....Read Full Article

How to tell if fireworks and bonfire night are stressing your cat out – and why knowing is important
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3rd November 2019
Cats are a very mysterious species, and they’re full of contrasts and contradictions. They can be both aloof and very loving and affectionate, adept hunters and hugely gentle with loved ones, and full of beans and silliness and of course, the world’s greatest sleepers!Cats....Read Full Article

Keeping small caged pets safe and calm on Guy Fawkes night
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2nd November 2019
Most pet lovers know that Guy Fawkes night or bonfire night can be very stressful for pets, but it tends to be cats and particularly, dogs that we think about as reacting badly and being more likely to run off in fear.However, animals of all shapes and sizes tend to find Guy Fawkes night or bonfire night stressful, as you might ....Read Full Article

Five tips to make Guy Fawkes night less stressful for your dog
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2nd November 2019
Here in the UK, Halloween is becoming ever more popular year on year as a holiday that lots of children – and adults – like to celebrate, and whilst it isn’t anywhere near a big a deal as it is in the USA, it is certainly getting that way!However, Britain also of course has its own unique holiday a few days after Halloween....Read Full Article

Is your dog more or less intelligent than the average dog?
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1st November 2019
All dog owners like to think that their dog is really smart, even when all evidence points to the contrary! Many heated debates have ensued after a perceived sleight to someone else’s dog’s intelligence, but on the flipside, we have all seen our dogs doing something ridiculous, nonsensical or in complete disregard of their own safe....Read Full Article

Eight frequently asked questions about surgical general anaesthesia for dogs
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1st November 2019
If your dog has to have surgery because of an accident or illness, it is understandable that you’re going to be very anxious about their wellbeing, even if the operation in question is minor, routine, and your vet is very confident about your dog’s prognosis.Your vet will take the time to explain everything to you, let you a....Read Full Article

10 things you need to know about the Parson Russell terrier before you buy one
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31st October 2019
The Parson Russell terrier is one of several small, lively and feisty terrier dog breeds that are really popular all across the UK, and as you might have gathered from the name of the breed, one that has a historical connection to the somewhat better-known ....Read Full Article



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