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How to make your dog’s vet visits less stressful

How to make your dog's vet visits less stressful

Your dog’s veterinary visits needn’t be a stressful experience. Let trainer Tony Cruse show you how.

The veterinary surgery — to us, it’s a place where our pets get help; to our dogs, it can be a place of strange smells, people in odd uniforms, and possibly prods, pokes, and pain. Is it any wonder that some dogs refuse to leave the safety of the car? Fear can also be a main reason why dogs become aggressive (fight or flee) and vets get bitten.

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How to have a dog-friendly garden

How to have a dog-friendly garden

Dogs and gardens — it’s perfectly possible to combine the two. Green-fingered author and dog owner Karen Bush explains how.

Sharing a garden with your dog doesn’t mean having to put up with a trashed plot that resembles a prison exercise yard.

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Latest Your Dog Advice

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.

Microchipping your dog

No one wants to lose their pet. But in the event that your dog does go missing, it is commonly agreed that the best chance of finding him is through a microchip – so much so that microchipping will be compulsory for all pets in England as of April 2016.

Can dogs catch colds?

There are a number of viral and bacterial diseases that can cause the symptoms of upper respiratory infection, which generally include runny nose and eyes, coughing, and sneezing.

Taking care of a retired Greyhound

Taking on a retired Greyhound can be wonderfully rewarding but requires forethought, as sight hound specialist Jackie Drakeford explains.

Should I get one or two dogs?

Want to bring a second dog into your home? Then you need to consider the impact on your current pet, explains Jackie Drakeford.

Why does my dog bark at our baby?

Whenever there are issues when a dog and a baby come together, a proper behavioural consultation should be conducted, advises behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

Why does my dog try to chew his foot?

If he spends prolonged periods licking or chewing then you should talk to your vet as he could have a problem such as an underlying allergy causing his feet to be itchy and irritated.

Why has my dog become terrified of people?

It is not uncommon for the real underlying fear to only become apparent after an initial short period of time, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

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Dog Rocks

We are giving away two packs of Dog Rocks to three lucky winners!

Dog Rocks is a 100 per cent hassle free solution to urine burn patches on your lawns and shrubs. The rocks are simply placed in your dog's water bowl – they are safe for all household pets. Dog Rocks doesn't change the pH balance of the dog's drinking water or urine; you are not medicating your dog in any way and there are no known side effects.

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Dog training

Help! My neighbour's dog is a nightmare!

In England and Wales, the police or the council can issue proceedings against a dog owner if the dog can be proven to be dangerous and not kept under proper control.

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

My dog has a heart murmur – is there anything I can do?

Heart murmurs are graded according to their loudness compared to the normal heart sounds, vet Roberta Baxter explains.

What is Addison's disease?

Addison’s disease is caused by under-activity of the adrenal glands, which results in an underproduction of the body’s natural steroids. 

About fleas

Treating fleas with natural products

Your Dog Magazine's Holistic health expert Holly Mash offers some advice on what natural products might help to keep fleas at bay.

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

What type of toys are best for dogs?

Dog toys come in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures. You can choose from novelty, squeaky, chewy, and plush types.

Can dogs compete if they have hip dysplasia?

Are dogs allowed to compete in shows even if they have hip dysplasia? Vet Roberta Baxter explains...

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