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All about gun dogs
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21st June 2012
The term 'gun dogs,' or 'bird dogs' refers to several types of dog which are bred and trained to seek out game birds for a hunter or shooting party, and retrieve downed birds for their handler. There are three main types of gun dog, each trained for specific tasks and duties. A high level of fairly intensive training is required to ....Read Full Article

Having your dog professionally groomed
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16th June 2012
If your dog is of a particular breed or type, very shaggy or just a mucky pup, it's probably crossed your mind that you might want to have him professionally groomed or clipped. If your dog's breed standard calls for a particular style of coat, or the dog is long haired or has very thick fur, you will probably have to pay special at....Read Full Article

Mixed Breed vs. Purebred - Which is best?
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15th June 2012
There is no one answer to this and in any case it very much depends on where you are standing. If you want a dog for a specific purpose then it may be that you need to choose a dog that has been specifically bred for the task. Hence a shepherd may well choose a rough collie that has a genetic inheritance that makes him a champion herde....Read Full Article

Retired Racing Greyhounds as Pets
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14th June 2012
Background The greyhound is a very old breed, much revered by the ancient Egyptians. Along with other breeds such as the Afghan Hound, Saluki and Borzoi, they are sighthounds. That means they rely on spotting moving prey in the distance when hunting. Then, they give chase at around 35mph. So, over time, this speed and sk....Read Full Article

How intelligent is your dog?
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14th June 2012
Different dogs have different levels of intelligence - just the same as we humans do. Some are great at playing catch and fetch whilst others will simply not understand that to continue the game they must bring the ball back. It is not however altogether a matter of chance. Certain breeds of dog are renowned for being bright and by fin....Read Full Article

British Dog Breeds - Worthy of a Second Glance
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13th June 2012
British dog breeds are an integral part of British life. Not only do they say much about us as a nation but they also document a large part of our social history. Many breeds were specifically bred to carry out particular tasks as the bond between dog and man became more and more sophisticated. But life changes and so do our needs. And....Read Full Article

Picking the best breed or type of dog for you
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12th June 2012
So you've done your research, given it a lot of thought, and decided that you want a dog and are able to care for it and make a lifelong commitment to it's health and wellbeing. Congratulations! Dogs are amazingly loving and rewarding pets, great company, and can greatly enhance the life and happiness of any caring owner. But with a....Read Full Article

Guidance for Potential Adopters of a Rescue Dog
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11th June 2012
Firstly, you probably have an idea in mind of what kind of dog you would like - large or small; long-haired or short-haired, puppy or older dog, perhaps a particular breed. On the other hand, you may fall in love with a completely different type of dog if he or she is right for you - this often happens so it's much better to keep an o....Read Full Article

The importance of vaccinating your dog
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11th June 2012
Every caring dog owner's worst nightmare is the idea of their dog becoming sick or injured, and the associated worry at seeing your dog in distress, being able to provide care for them, and the cost of veterinary treatment. While there is no magic pill to help your dog avoid accident or injury, vaccinating your dog against the main....Read Full Article

Basic Dog Care
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9th June 2012
In days gone by dogs just seemed to attach themselves to a household in an almost magical way. Certainly I do not ever remember my parents actually going out and buying a dog or actively searching for one. As for feeding and walking these were similarly just things to be assimilated into the household routine - leftover scraps meant no....Read Full Article

Pug dog health problems
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9th June 2012
Pug dogs are a bit like Marmite- most people either love them or they hate them. You're probably reading this article because you fall into the former category, and if so, you're in good company. With their distinctive looks, comical expressions and big personalities, pugs are often called 'the comedians of the dog world.&#....Read Full Article

Alternative Therapies For Dogs
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8th June 2012
Not everybody embraces alternative therapies for humans, let alone our four-legged friends. It is understandable that some people feel certain alternative therapies are as useful in the modern age as swallowing a frog to cure a sore throat! This is because veterinarian's can now treat almost any ailment with medicine and surgery, and s....Read Full Article

Why adopt an older dog ?
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8th June 2012
If you are considering adoption as one of the options for getting your new pet then no matter which dog you go for, whether it's a young Labrador puppy or an old mutt, you'll certainly be doing a good deed and a great service to man's best friend. By choosing adoption over buying a puppy from a breeder you will be helping to reduce the....Read Full Article

Choosing a pedigree puppy
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2nd June 2012
So you've decided you want a puppy - and a particular breed has taken your fancy. The 'pedigree' of a dog's breeding refers to the veracity of its ancestry, going back five or more generations. In the UK, The Kennel Club manages the registration of purebred puppies and their breeding line, and for a dog to be considered a 't....Read Full Article

How to choose a dog walker
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30th May 2012
We all love our pets and want to spend as much time with them as possible. However, there's no getting away from the fact that holidays or work, as well as the unexpected curve balls life throws from time to time, mean that many people need to consider a little extra help with caring for their dog now and then. Pet sitters a....Read Full Article

Obesity in Dogs
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25th May 2012
Obesity in dogs is one of the fastest growing pet health issues today; however it is also one of the most preventable. The cause of obesity is simple - the intake of energy (food) is greater than the energy used (exercise). This deposits excess fat over the body creating the condition of being overweight, as it would in a human. Thi....Read Full Article

Dogs and Water......Have fun, stay safe
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24th May 2012
As the summer days loom, it is natural that many dogs like to play and cool down in water - with or without their owners! At the first sight of a sunny day, many of us are tempted to hot foot it to the nearest beach or river for a refreshing dip. Swimming is a great way for your dog to stay fit and active as it is low impact....Read Full Article

Essential ear cleaning - a dog owners guide
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19th May 2012
If you are familiar with dogs, you will know that ears come in all shapes and sizes depending on the breed of the dog. But whether you have a Spaniel with long, lobular, pendent ears, a terrier type with small prick ears, they are one of the most prolific areas on your dogs' body for breeding areas of all sorts of nasties...... ....Read Full Article

Canine Flyball for beginners
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19th May 2012
Flyball is a relatively new canine sport to the UK and is a fast, fun, furious and addictive team sport which both you and your dog will enjoy. After its UK debut at Crufts in 1990, Flyball clubs quickly sprang up over the UK and a regular following ensued, making it one of the most popular canine sports in the UK today. Ess....Read Full Article

Trimming your dogs claws - a step by step guide
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17th May 2012
Dogs nails naturally wear down under most circumstances such as daily walks on tarmac roads or hard surfaces. If this is not the case and your dog mainly gets walked on softer surfaces such as sand or grass, then they will need a hand from you to keep their nails in check. You will know when the nails are excessively long as you may ....Read Full Article



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