Behaviourist Jackie Drakeford explains how your puppy can be best friends with your vet.
It is difficult to make your new puppy’s first experience of the vet a positive one.
From the puppy’s point of view, he has lost his mother, siblings, and everything safe and familiar, and is now under bright lights, surrounded by strange smells and noises, being checked over in a highly intrusive manner by a stranger, and then probably having a needle stuck into him.
Wendy Morrell, from Broadstone, Dorset, tells Joanne Bednall about her ‘once in a lifetime’ Golden Retriever from Dogs for the Disabled, who became far more than an assistance dog.
There aren’t many dogs who have seen Niagara Falls, been whale watching in California, scaled Chicago’s Sears Tower, accompanied the 2008 Olympic torch across London Bridge, and alerted their owner to epileptic seizures 35 minutes beforehand — while still putting the milk bottles out every night. But my beloved assistance dog, Caesar, had.
The Your Dog team visits a local Yorkie suffering from anxiety issues.
Whenever Val gets a visitor, Yorkshire Terrier Holly constantly barks and gets herself into such a state that she won’t listen to her frantic owner.
Unsure how to handle the situation, Val shuts Holly behind a stairgate in the kitchen until she quietens down.
Many of you will have been enjoying summer holidays and days out with your dogs, but what happens if your car breaks down? Andrea McHugh provides safety tips and advice.
1. Be prepared - Before you set off, make some safety checks to reduce the risk of breaking down. For example, check your tyre pressures and examine the treads to make sure that the tyres and the spare are in good condition.