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Charity start campaign to reveal underworld of backstreet breeding

Battersea puppy farming campaign

Leading animal welfare charity, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is urging prospective dog owners to think twice about how they buy a dog, in an attempt to crack down on the horrific and cruel practice of backstreet dog breeding.

Relentless breeding of dogs in dirty, squalid conditions takes place in neighbourhoods up and down the UK, so Battersea has launched a major campaign calling for a clamp down on the many undercover dog breeders that profit from the cruel treatment of these animals.

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Latest Your Dog Advice

All abroad? Don’t forget your dog’s passport.

At home, your dog is probably part of the family, so you may feel sad leaving your pet behind when you’re going abroad on holiday. Having a pet passport means your dog can go to EU countries with you.

My dog barks when I'm not there. What can I do?

There are many reasons why a dog can fail to cope when left alone, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

Help! My dog is out of control!

Is your dog out of control? Does he dominate other dogs and take their food, treats and toys? Our experts share their advice.

Why won't my dog walk on her lead?

Dogs who have had poor socialisation often struggle with change and if she has not been used to lead walking or going to different places this is a potentially a frightening time for her.

Why does my dog always want to play ball?

Play fetch with low value toys and start to build up some self-control by delaying your throw just for a second or two, explains behaviourist Steve Goward.

Help! Has my dog lost his toilet training?

A new situation in the home, like a new puppy, can bring with it a level of anxiety, which may be showing itself as an apparent lack of toilet training.

How can I make it easier for my dog to meet other dogs when on his lead?

This is a frustrating issue, often caused by other owners being unaware of their dog’s actions and not considering other owners, explains trainer Tony Cruse.

Why won't my dog share with other dogs?

Does your dog get uncomfortable around other dogs, especially when it comes to sharing? Trainer Tony Cruse gives his advice.

Throw a party for your dog

Birthday cake, balloons, party games — celebrate your dog's birthday in style with a celebratory bash.

It's a good opportunity for your pet to meet different dogs and for you both to socialise with other owners and their canine friends. So, if you're feeling inspired to throw your own doggy bash, follow our tips to help get the celebrations under way in the best possible style.


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Dog training

Why does my dog prefer the floor to his bowl?

Has your dog suddenly changed his eating habits and you're not sure why? Behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith gives her advice.

Improving my training sessions

Some simple, general tips on using positive training methods with your dog and getting the best out of your sessions.

Dog Health

Is lack of exercise making my dog constipated?

It is true that a reduction in exercise can contribute to constipation, explains vet Roberta Baxter.

Why is my dog aggressive around food?

Is your dog guarding his food? Has he become aggressive towards other dogs at mealtimes? 

About fleas

What are ticks?

Ticks pose a threat to many animals, including dogs. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

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

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...

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.

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