As it’s the Chinese ‘Year of the Dog’ there’s no excuse not to make some New Year’s resolutions that impact positively on your four-legged friend.
One study revealed that about 80% of dogs in the UK are not trained, which is a great shame as trained dogs are happy dogs, and certainly make happier owners!
Are you over it yet? The new year rush to be the better, brighter, fitter you (I’m sure the current you is just fabulous)? Has the biscuit tin been restored to its rightful place next to the kettle and tea bags? Is Davina’s (love Davina) new fitness DVD case being used as a coaster yet?
A dog is for life, not just Christmas
This slogan was the brain child of Clarissa Baldwin to reduce the thousands of puppies being abandoned post-Christmas having been purchased as Christmas presents. Unfortunately, this problem still remains and many puppies are purchased during the festive period without careful thought, research and ensuring that the recipient definitely wants one!
It’s well known among my family and friends that I suffer from depression. I always have and over the years it’s got the better of me to the point where, once or twice, I’ve seriously considered suicide. I don’t write that sentence lightly, but when you’ve stopped yourself jumping in front of the 09.32 to London Victoria at the last moment, then worked so hard to make sure you’re never in that state again, I reckon you’ve earned the right to talk about it at least.
Over the last 20 years the use of crates has grown in popularity and most people’s perception has changed from viewing them as a negative, a cage, to realising they can be a really helpful aid in training if used correctly. In fact, when you research about getting a new puppy they are often listed as an essential piece of equipment.
Medical issues such as obesity have a direct impact on how a dog feels and therefore how he or she behaves. Overweight dogs tire easily and can even be grumpy due to fatigue or aches and pains which are a direct result of excess weight. Joint pain is common in obese dogs and this can lead to pain induced aggression.
Kate Bendix worked for many years in television documentaries. In 2009, she jacked it all in, embraced poverty, and started her own business ‘My Itchy Dog’. Being an experienced broadcaster and journalist Kate loves the sound of her own voice and features on radio shows and in dog magazines whenever she can get past security!
This is a fabulous time of year full of bright colours or new foliage and spring bulbs and real warmth coming from the sun once again to make us all feel better. Easter time also brings with it some particular hazards for our dogs and sadly nearly always means extra work for veterinary surgeons!
Inevitably, at some point your dog will find hiself home alone. Unfortunately if not prepared correctly, many dogs find this isolation hard to cope with and can easily become stressed. Some will even develop a behavioural problem known as separation anxiety. To avoid problems occurring you can use techniques to teach your dog to be relaxed when alone. This results in them becoming confident when alone and secure in the knowledge you will return.
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Dreary, cloudy, damp days, with the Christmas glitter behind us and all those New Year resolutions just about hanging in there is the classic time for starting the next fitness regime. So let’s get launched into 2018, eat healthy food and get you and your dogs fit, celebrating that the longer days are returning. I can already just about see on my morning walk with Tali rather than guessing where the path is and hoping it hasn’t moved!
Christmas is the time for giving and the most common time for dogs to receive toys from you, your friends and relatives. This is when you must be the responsible guardian in their lives and make sure that those well-meaning gifts are safe for your dog and sometimes simply smile sweetly, say thank you and pop the unsuitable presents away, safely out of reach!
Christmas is the time when we all want to treat friends and family and that of course includes our dogs and cats! To help your pets have a healthy Christmas and not have it spent at the vets, read labels carefully and avoid giving foods that your pets are not used to and especially treats that are full of E-numbers, sugars and preservatives, which may have enticing pretty coloured packaging but may not necessarily be healthy choices for your dogs and cats.
When the leaves have finally fallen from the trees, our gardens start looking bare and we all start spending more time inside, many of us turn to colourful winter houseplants and bring greenery indoors, especially at Christmas time. This can all look and smell lovely but can be a major hazard for inquisitive cats and dogs.