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Canine Christmas? Four things to consider

Back in 1978, the Dogs Trust (then known as the National Canine Defence League) came up with the now famous slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’. And while much has changed over the past 36 years, the meaning behind this significant statement hasn’t.

Dogs are a huge responsibility – as much as children some would argue – and choosing to become a dog owner should never be taken lightly. While their needs are simple, they are also essential on a daily basis.

If you’re thinking of spending this Christmas with a new canine chum, please consider the following before taking the plunge:

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1. Food

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1. Food

We all need to eat, and dogs in particular need a well-balanced doggy diet for optimum health along with constant access to fresh clean water.

Make sure their diet is the right food – made for dogs not humans – and the right amount i.e. not too much!

One handy website to help find the best food for your best friend is All About Dog Food.

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2. Friends

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2. Friends

Sociable dogs are well adjusted and able to make friends. Ideally, they should be socialised as puppies, not only for their own wellbeing but also for the safety of others as friendly dogs are less likely to become frustrated and anti-social.

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3. Family

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3. Family

As owners you also act as their ‘pawrents’, which means they should fit into your home life as one of the family with a loving and secure environment and their own doggy bed to retire to.

It’s also your duty to guide and train them as like children, dogs need to have clear boundaries so they understand the rules and know who’s boss.

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4. Fun

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4. Fun

Zooming around and playing is what dogs do best, which is why regular exercise is an absolute must. Once or twice a day at a minimum; whatever the weather…

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Sadly, many people are unaware of these priorities or don’t do enough research. The animal charity PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) issues its annual PAW Report highlighting that badly behaved and overweight pets are fuelling a pet welfare crisis in Britain. Here are some of their findings:

  • 57% of veterinary professionals have seen an increase in dog behavioural issues in the last 2 years
  • 78% of veterinary professionals have seen an increase in pet obesity over the last 2 years
  • 1.4 million dogs are not getting their physical needs met daily
  • 25% of owners say they did no research before taking on their pet

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Make sure you do your research before you welcome a canine companion into your home this Christmas or at any time.

Charities like the Dogs Trust anticipate around 100 unwanted puppies will end up on their doorstep over the festive season.

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