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Latest Your Dog Advice

Can I have a dog if I work full-time?

Ever wondered if you can successfully combine a career with dog ownership? Trainer Elizabeth Kershaw believes working and owning a dog is quite feasible.

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.

Competition

Win Vet's Kitchen Pro-Treats!

This week, we are giving ten lucky winners the chance to win two packs of Vet's Kitchen Pro-Treats!

Vet's Kitchen Pro-Treats are specifically formulated to offer a natural, healthy way to reward your dogs. They are designed to help digestive health, joint mobility and skin and coat condition. Pro-Treats complement a healthy, balanced diet as well as providing a great tasting reward.

For more information visit the Vets Kitchen website.

For the chance to win a pack of Finest Fish and Crunchy Chicken Pro-Treats, 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 29th, at 9.30am. Good luck!

Your Dog blog

Who gets the dog?

Who gets the dog?

Divorce can be as difficult for the family dog as for the couple involved, says Sue Corfield. 

'Love is a Battlefield' or so goes the Pat Benatar song — and if you’re a dog caught in the middle of a divorce, where are you left when the flak dies down?

In 2008, 121,779 married couples divorced. The traditional battles over children, money, and worldly goods may be expected but a big bone of contention nowadays is where the family dog will lay his head. Custody wrangles over dogs are becoming increasingly commonplace in today’s break-ups.

For duelling couples, already upset and angry, the effect of the stress on their pets may be something of an afterthought. For a dog the realisation that their pack is no longer together can be a disaster and the repercussions can lead to dramatic changes in their behaviour. Arguments, changes in routine, and a new home, can all lead to greater stress levels in dogs. This may result in increased barking, toileting in the house, digging, hiding, and, in extreme cases, dogs beside themselves and keeping close to garden hedges and walls for comfort.

A couple may inadvertently increase the stress levels in their dog by using his name in arguments, or by walking out of the house at times of tension and taking him with them. Every dog is different and will respond differently to stressful situations.

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Dog training

My dog goes crazy at other dogs!

Reactive behaviour is often caused by fear, and usually stems from a lack of socialisation as a puppy.

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.

Dog Health

Will my dog adapt to living in an apartment?

Ever wondered if your dog would adapt to life in an apartment? Breeds expert Andrew Brace gives his advice...

Understanding arthritis in dogs

Arthritis’ means inflammation of the joints and is used to describe a variety of conditions that can develop in any joint in a dog of any age.

About fleas

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.

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

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.

Starting out in dog agility

Would you like to start competiting in agility with your dog? Your Dog magazine answers some of your most commonly asked questions.