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Now your dog is fully grown and well behaved, it’s time to think about doggy travel and taking them on holiday. Whether you’re visiting family and friends in the same country or heading abroad, there are a number of important things to consider before you go. Travel crates come into...
As your dog reaches around 3-7 years, their mind and body will be fully formed and in peak condition. The challenge now is keeping them amused. This is where stimulation through mental and physical play comes into its own. Here are a few tried-and-tested methods that work. Agility Canine agility...
Wow it’s hot. And it’s getting hotter. After weeks of warm weather, the Met Office has issued a heatwave weather warning saying there is more to come with temperatures peaking at 30°C plus. While humans are being advised to take care in the sun, what about our canine companions? Here’s...
Now your puppy has settled in, it’s time to let go a bit more and prepare them for the next stages of their life in your home. Today’s busy lifestyles mean you cannot be with them 24/7, so leaving them home-alone is inevitable and all part of them growing up...
Your puppy has settled in and is learning lots of new things through puppy training and socialisation. So far, so good! Now is the time to start thinking about another important step in their young life: neutering. Discuss this with your vet, but accepted medical guidelines say dogs can be...
You’ve brought your new puppy home and they’re settling in well. Now it’s time for some more advanced training to begin, and in particular socialisation. Once your puppy has reached a few months old they are ready to increase their learning. This includes meeting new people and other dogs. After...
Alabama rot is a very rare but serious condition for dogs and has been seen in some areas of the UK this winter. Unfortunately, very little is known about it. With the help of our colleagues at the Weybridge Veterinary Centre , here’s a short guide to what to look...
So you’re getting a new puppy. You’re excited! But remember, puppies are a full-time responsibility and need lots of looking after in their early days. Here are some top tips to help you on your way. Puppy proof your home Set aside an area where your puppy will live, and...
Melissa is planning to take on a rescue dog as a family pet. She asks; where is the best place to start and should she consider a dog from overseas? Giving a rescue dog a second chance is a wonderful gesture and the rewards far outweigh any initial concerns. We...
Fiona has a three-year-old cross-breed rescue dog she’s owned for five months. He has settled in well and has a gentle nature, but is terrified of the vacuum cleaner. Fiona asks how can she cure his fear? The key thing here is to introduce the vacuum cleaner to him slowly...

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