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My dog saved me from anorexia

My dog saved me from anorexia

Anorexia took Marie Hamlin to the brink of despair. But her little dog Blaze had other ideas…

“I didn’t know I needed a dog in my life until I was introduced to an unwanted litter of cross-breed terrier puppies. Th ere was one that nobody else wanted, but he stole my heart and we bonded immediately. Th ere was just something about this special little creature, who I named Blaze.

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A trip down memory lane...

Your Dog editor Sarah Wright reflects on how fast office dog Bertie has grown up

Seeing Kelly’s Henry celebrate his third birthday recently has got us all reminiscing.

Office dog Bertie is just a little older than Henry and the two of them have known each other since they were tiny pups, and played together in the car park of our old offices in Stamford.

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How to control your dog's epilepsy

Dog epilepsy

Epilepsy in a dog can be extremely frightening. Michael Hallam discovers how to bring this incurable condition under control.

Watching your dog have a fit is a scary experience. As well as experiencing shock and panic, owners can feel completely helpless as their pet struggles.

For owners of epileptic dogs this is something they must get used to and try to manage. Many dogs have the condition — it is believed to be more common in dogs than in humans.

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Latest Your Dog Advice

Why do dogs get hot spots?

There are lots of reasons why some dogs are more prone to skin disease such as hot spots, vet Roberta Baxter explains and shares her advice.

Why is my dog's stomach making gurgling noises?

Is your dog's tummy making unusual noises? Then it could be due to an upset digestive system which calls for changes to his diet, explains vet John Burns.

Can I give my dog tinned tuna?

Do you think your dog might not be eating because he's bored of his food? Thinking about giving him something different? Vet John Burns shares his advice. 

Can I set up my own dog walking business?

A good starting point would be to speak to others who are already doing this and pick up tips from them. Explains solicitor Trevor Cooper.

Why doesn't my dog like walking at night?

Many sound-sensitive dogs become worried when it gets dark in the evening, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

Help! My puppy poos inside the house!

As a young pup she may just need a little more time to adjust to the huge change that has just occurred in her life, explains behaviourist Steve Goward.

How do I get my dog to release a fetched ball?

Teaching a dog to release a toy is generally a very simple procedure, but you need to be careful not to create anxiety or mistrust, which could lead to possessive behaviour.

Competition

Win tickets to the fabulous Festive Gift Fair!

Festive fair ticket giveaway

The fabulous Festive Gift Fair — the most wonderful shopping fair of the year — returns to Birmingham's NEC for four days from November 20 to 23. We're giving away 10 pairs of tickets for you to join in the fun!

Christmas is all in the preparation, and it takes lots of planning!

Start with a trip to the Festive Gift Fair, and you will see how easy it is to find everything you need for the perfect Christmas, all under one roof.

From the moment you walk into the fair, you will be caught up in the excitement of the day, exploring over 325 stalls full of clever new gift ideas, and decorations that don’t cost the earth. The variety is huge, with something for ALL the family — from babies and teenagers, to parents and grandparents!

And when your bags are full, drop them off at the Present Crèche and continue to shop, stop for a bite to eat, and enjoy the atmosphere created by bands, choirs, and entertainers.

At the fair you will find thoughtful personalised gifts and family heirlooms, have the chance to sample lots of Christmas favourites — from delicious cheeses to tangy pickles — before you buy, and get into the spirit by trying a few of the different delicious wines and beers.

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Dog training

Teach your dog to let go after retrieving

Does your dog love to play but refuse to give up the ball or stick? Learn how to teach your dog to 'leave'.

How do I stop my dog lunging at traffic?

Does your dog lunge and bark at passing traffic while on a walk? Jackie Drakeford offers her advice...

Dog Health

What's making my dog cough?

Most diseases involving coughing probably relate either to respiratory disease or heart disease, explains vet Roberta Baxter.

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.

About fleas

How to remove a tick

Before removing a tick it's important that you know how to remove it properly so that you avoid causing injury or unnecessary pain to your dog.

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

Can I set up my own dog walking business?

A good starting point would be to speak to others who are already doing this and pick up tips from them. Explains solicitor Trevor Cooper.

Is agility good for older dogs?

Do you have an older dog that takes part in agility? Are you worried about their fitness? Elizabeth Kershaw offers her advice...