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A day in the life of a Rescue Centre Worker

A day in the life of a Rescue Centre Worker

Michael Hallam spends the day with Battersea worker Martin Sanchez-Bell to see how the charity helps dogs on the road to a new life.

With so many pets being given up each year, rescue centres work tirelessly to help as many dogs as they can. With 5,000 dogs passing through its gates every year, the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is no different.

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Latest Your Dog Advice

Help! My dog was bitten on the nose!

Has your dog recently been attacked by another dog, and started to show possible symptoms of further injury? Vet Roberta Baxter shares her advice.

Is my dog's new flea treatment safe to use?

Has your vet changed your dog's flea treatment? Vet Roberta Baxter shares her advice on flea treatment's safety and effectiveness.

Help! My dog's wee is burning our lawn!

There are several possible solutions to this problem, including the protein levels of the food your dog is on, explains vet Roberta Baxter.

Can I feed my dog a mixed diet of raw and prepared food?

Are you thinking about including raw food in your dog's diet, but aren't sure whether to mix it with his prepared food? Vet John Burns shares his advice.

Help! My dog is obsessed with squirrels!

Remember, if your dog is having fun watching the trees, it’s up to you to find a game that is more rewarding than the potential sighting of a squirrel.

All abroad? Don’t forget your dog’s passport.

At home, your dog is probably part of the family, so you may feel sad leaving your pet behind when you’re going abroad on holiday. Having a pet passport means your dog can go to EU countries with you.

My dog barks when I'm not there. What can I do?

There are many reasons why a dog can fail to cope when left alone, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

Help! My dog is out of control!

Is your dog out of control? Does he dominate other dogs and take their food, treats and toys? Our experts share their advice.

Why won't my dog walk on her lead?

Dogs who have had poor socialisation often struggle with change and if she has not been used to lead walking or going to different places this is a potentially a frightening time for her.


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This week, we are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Dirt Bag Seat Cover from Ruffwear.

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Dog training

Why does my dog only respond to treats?

The transition from food in the hand to no food can be difficult when training. Elizabeth Kershaw offers a few suggestions and techniques you can use. 

Why will my dog only eat with someone standing next to him?

To understand this you need to look at what has triggered this change. The habit is likely to have been learned by you responding to his failure to eat at some stage.

Dog Health

Will acupuncture help my arthritic dog?

Acupuncture is an effective form of pain relief for arthritis and will stimulate the release of your dog's own natural internal painkillers to ease their joints. 

Why is my dog afraid of water?

There may be reasons why your dog is afraid of water. Claire Arrowsmith offers tips on how to tackle the issue...

About fleas

How do I treat ticks?

Does your dog have ticks? Or are you worried about him getting them? Our experts share their advice on the best treatments for ticks.

Protecting your dog from fleas

Your Dog Magazine's advice on how to treat a dog with fleas and some helpful tips on how to avoid any further infestations.

Dog Activities

What type of toys are best for dogs?

Dog toys come in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures. You can choose from novelty, squeaky, chewy, and plush types.

Teaching your dog to weave

If you are interested in dog agility, then why not try introducing your dog to weave poles? Carolyn Menteith explains...

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