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Be informed during Puppy Awareness Week

More than one in four dog owners suspect their new pet came from a puppy farm, according to the Kennel Club.

Research carried out for Puppy Awareness Week, which runs this week from September 1 to 7, revealed the rising cost of owning a puppy as people are buying 'mail order pets' online or from newspaper ads, not realising that many of the puppies being sold through these routes have been illegally smuggled from abroad.

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Tony Parsons tells us all about his passion for pets

Tony Parson tells us all about his passion for pets

Tabloid columnist and novelist, Tony Parsons doesn’t hold back as he tells Michael Hallam about his passion for pets.

Tony Parsons loves dogs. The introductions are barely over at his Hampstead home before he says: “Let me introduce the star of the show” and his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Stan, bounds in. Stan revels in all the fuss, and then we head out for a walk on Hampstead Heath.

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Latest Your Dog Advice

How can I get my dog to be gentler with my cat?

It’s often the dog that comes away from a cat/dog confrontation worse off. If the cat is healthy and has an exit route such as an open door or a table to hop on, she will be more content.

How can I discourage my dog's licking?

Does your dog love to lick anyone he meets, but won't listen when you tell him 'No'? Behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith shares her advice on how to solve this problem.

Why does my dog shred her beds?

Certain breeds will thrive on performing the more natural behaviour of tearing apart and de-stuffing any soft item they can find, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

Why won't my puppy play on his own?

Most dogs will not play alone. Dogs are social creatures and find it better to engage with other dogs or their owners, explains trainer Tony Cruse.

How frequently should dogs be vaccinated?

My advice would be to go to a vet you feel you can trust and have a chat about which vaccinations your dog needs, explains vet Roberta Baxter.

Why does my dog have blood in his wee?

Blood in/on the urine normally indicates a bladder or kidney problem, and should definitely be checked out by your vet.

Why does my dog mount his bed?

Fleecy beds can be attractive to entire dogs due to their strong hormonal drive. Behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith explains.

Why does my dog hate chair legs?

Your dog may have developed the habit when the metal legs reflected either her image or perhaps light, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

Help! My dog doesn't like me!

Be careful of your body language when interacting with your dog — avoid loud voices, big gestures, and approaching him if he looks worried, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

10 tricks to give your dog the X-factor

With a little time and patience, all pet dogs can learn tricks to give them a little ‘X-factor sparkle’. Teaching tricks can also improve the bond between you, reduce boredom, and decrease the risk of injury as your dog becomes more flexible and develops body awareness.

How do I create a safe haven for my dog?

You may think your dog is unaffected by your hectic home life, but the chances are he needs a retreat. Trainer Tony Cruse advises.

Competition

Win a weekend camping pass to Paws in the Park!

Paws in the Park September 2015

One lucky winner will receive a Paws in the Park weekend camping pass, with show entry, for two people! Plus, we'll be giving five runners-up a pair of adult tickets each!

Packed with plenty of fun and frolics, Paws in the Park provides endless activities for dogs to enjoy with their owners, plus shopping, food, camping and evening entertainment.

There are masses of have-a-go activities including My Dog's Got Talent, the Dogstable Course and Terrier Racing, a huge array of outdoor trade stands and the Barks & Spenders indoor mall plus 'pawsome' entertainment.

The Paws in the Park Autumn Show is the UK's largest outdoor and indoor event for dogs of all kinds. The show will be held at The Kent Showground, Detling, near Maidstone, Kent on September 19 and 20, 2015 and is open from 9.30am – 5pm. Camping and day tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on the Paws in the Park website or on the gate. A camping ticket includes entry to the show and free evening entertainment.

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Dog training

Teaching your dog to sit

Teaching your dog a variety of training exercises is only worthwhile once you know when, where, and how to put them into practice.

How can I discourage my dog's licking?

Does your dog love to lick anyone he meets, but won't listen when you tell him 'No'? Behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith shares her advice on how to solve this problem.

Dog Health

I found a small lump on my dog

Discovering a small lump or mass on your dog can be a scary experience, vet Joe Inglis talks you through the possibilities.

Bladder weakness problems

Do you think your dog is suffering from bladder weakness? Your dog could have SMI, as Vicky Payne explains...

About fleas

Five useful flea-fighting tips

Flea treatments are just the start of your anti-flea campaign; follow our five-step plan to ensure your home stays free of fleas.

What are tick-borne diseases?

Beware! Lurking in the grass are ticks, ready to pounce on your dog and cause disease. Michael Hallam explains...

Dog Activities

10 things to do on your dog walks

Learn how to make your dog walks more exciting and enjoyable for both you and your dog with these top 10 tips.

10 tricks to give your dog the X-factor

With a little time and patience, all pet dogs can learn tricks to give them a little ‘X-factor sparkle’. Teaching tricks can also improve the bond between you, reduce boredom, and decrease the risk of injury as your dog becomes more flexible and develops body awareness.

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