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Canine icons – Toto

Canine icons - Toto

Immortalised in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, find out how one dog became Toto — both on film and in real life.

Cairn Terrier Terry went from being an abandoned puppy to a star of the big screen, appearing in one of the most popular family films ever made.

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Survival guide to choosing a rescue dog

Survival guide to choosing a rescue dog

So you’ve made the decision to get a rescue dog — but where do you start? Andrea McHugh has 10 top tips to help ease the process.

1. Decisions, decisions — Make a wish list of the type of dog you’d like. This may include a pedigree, mongrel, large or small, young or old, long-haired or short-haired, good with children, active, or a companion lap dog. Whatever you do, don’t look online and fall in love with a dog who is advertised as free to a good home, as you will have little or no idea of whether the dog is likely to be suitable.

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Cancer detection dog awarded Blue Cross Medal

A Labrador who has sniffed out more than 550 cases of cancer has been awarded the prestigious Blue Cross Medal.

Ten-year-old Daisy has also detected more than 6,500 cancer samples by using her acute sense of smell to pick out chemicals given off in cancer cells in samples of people's breath, skin, and urine.

Medical Detection Dog Daisy even saved her owner's life by detecting breast cancer in her in 2009.

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Latest Your Dog Advice

'Tis the season to ensure your dog has a healthy diet

Traditionally Christmas is a time for feasting and it’s down to our willpower how much we indulge and stray from a healthy diet. But our pets have no say in what they’re given to eat at any time of year.

Best hardwood flooring ideas for dogs

There are several things to consider when making a decision about the best hardwood flooring options for dogs. Read on to find out which option will suit your needs best.

How can I repel ticks from my dog?

There are a number of medical products for treating ticks, our expert vets Roberta Baxter and Holly Mash explain.

Why does my dog attack my other dog when he sees a cat?

What appears to be occurring here is known as redirection. Trainer Tony Cruse shares his advice. 

How do I stop my puppy from scavenging?

Have you done much training with her? This will be important so that she has an understanding of how to listen to you and what you want her to do, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

Help! My dog is refusing to go on a walk!

Problems with exercise tolerance can result from musculoskeletal problems such as joint pain and arthritis, explains vet Roberta Baxter.

Will my dog's torn nail grow back?

The problem with broken and torn nails is that by exposing the quick they allow a route for infection into the bones of the toe.

Competition

Win one of 10 new KONG Shakers for your dog!

KONG competition

This week, we're giving 10 lucky readers the chance to win one of KONG’s great, new, and innovative interactive toys — the KONG Shakers.

They are really cute, but don’t be fooled — they are very strong! Dogs love thrashing, shaking, and squeaking their toys, and they will go crazy for new KONG Shakers. 

They have also added an innovative rattle sound to make play even more exciting! Plus, they’re soft and snuggly, so great for quiet time too! 

Shakers are available in three brightly coloured characters in sizes Medium/Large and Large/X-Large. But please note — KONG Shakers are NOT chew toys.

Please visit the KONG website for details of the full range of KONG products, hints, and tips. Plus great information regarding common canine behaviour problems, and chewing temperaments.

For the chance to win a new KONG Shaker, 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 November 28, at 9.30am. Good luck!

Dog training

How can I build up my dog's confidence?

Is your dog anxious about everything? Our experts offer advice that might help take the edge off his anxiety.

Is my dog too old for kennels?

Are you worried that your dog might be too old to stay in kennels whilst you're away from home? Trainer, Elizabeth Kershaw shares her advice. 

Dog Health

Will my dog's torn nail grow back?

The problem with broken and torn nails is that by exposing the quick they allow a route for infection into the bones of the toe.

How do I know if my dog is suffering from worms?

Can you tell whether your pet is stressed or hiding a health issue such as intesinal worms? Drontal helps you understand canine behaviour...

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.

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.

Dog Activities

Places to go with your dog

Turn to the great outdoors for inspiration and find new and exciting places for you and your dog to visit.

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...