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Latest Your Dog Advice

Why does my dog bark at animals on the TV?

He could possibly feel like these animals are invading his home and he needs to defend it, trainer Elizabeth Kershaw explains.

Is my dog trying to talk to me?

Does your dog's bark sometimes sound like he's trying to tell you something? Or just wants to say hello? Behaviourist Steve Goward shares his thoughts.

Why does my dog hate the sound of our doorbell?

Some dogs' long flat ears, are notorious for picking up ear infections and with the possibly high-pitched frequency of some doorbells this could cause discomfort.

Can I create a sensory garden for my dog?

A sensory garden can be the perfect place for your dog to chill out and engage with his surroundings. Kelly Felstead discovers more.

How do I know if my dog has kidney failure?

Has your dog been diagnosed with kidney failure and you don't know what to do next? Vet Roberta Baxter shares her advice. 

Competition

Win a Ray of Light pet bracelet!

This week, we are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Ray of Light pet bracelet from the Clare Loyise pet-themed jewellery range.

The bracelet is created by Claire Thomas, who has been inspired by her two dogs. The bracelet is hand-made in Wales from finest quality sterling silver and Swarovski crystals.

The Ray of Light bracelet features 20 Swarovski crystal hearts which can be made in a number of colours. It features a retriever charm which weighs 3.6g - matching items are also available to buy.

To find out more, or to view the full range of pet-themed jewellery, simply visit the Clare Loyise website, or call 07870 619143.

To be in with the chance of winning a Ray of Light pet bracelet, here's how to enter:

If you receive the Your Dog newsletter, there will be a link on the email to update your details and a tick box option to enter the competition. If you do not receive our newsletter, click here to register. The closing date is Friday August 22nd, at 9.30am. Good luck!

 

 

Your Dog blog

Stimulate your dog's senses with his very own sensory garden

Stimulate the senses

A sensory garden can be the perfect place for your dog to chill out and engage with his surroundings. Kelly Felstead discovers more...

Adding a few specific plants and other features to your garden can stimulate your dog’s brain, activate his natural canine instincts, and build his confidence.

Sensory gardens are becoming more and more popular in rescue centres as an alternative way to tackle stress in dogs.

As well as tantalising all their senses, sensory gardens encourage dogs to interact with their surroundings and provide physical and mental challenges.

The right scent

Dogs Trust’s Glasgow and Harefield rehoming centres have sensory gardens which feature different plants, textures, and materials. And last summer, Bath Cats & Dogs Home unveiled an innovative sensory and enrichment garden, which features 27 different textured surfaces and a number of medicinal plants for dogs to self-select. It is the first centre in the UK to incorporate self-selection as part of a sensory garden.

Read more...

Dog training

How do I stop problem barking?

All dogs bark, but when it becomes a frequent occurance and impacts on your life, then there are several ways of limiting 'problem barking'.

Why does my dog hate the sound of our doorbell?

Some dogs' long flat ears, are notorious for picking up ear infections and with the possibly high-pitched frequency of some doorbells this could cause discomfort.

Dog Health

Can I stop my dog from getting mites?

Harvest mites occur in grassland and chalkland areas in late summer and autumn, and become active in warm weather, as Holly Mash explains...

Stay a step ahead of dog thieves

Unfortunately, dog theft is a growing problem that applies to all owners. Certain types of dog are more attractive to thieves...

About fleas

What are ticks?

Ticks pose a threat to many animals, including dogs. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

What are fleas and how can I prevent them?

This common parasite drives dogs and owners mad, says Kelly Felstead, but the war against fleas can be won.

Dog Activities

Can dogs compete if they have hip dysplasia?

Are dogs allowed to compete in shows even if they have hip dysplasia? Vet Roberta Baxter explains...

10 places to meet other dog lovers

Dogs are a great way to meet new friends, their friendly antics lighten the mood and provide common ground. Here we share 10 places where you're sure to meet other dog lovers.