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Don't put your dog at risk in summer heat

With temperatures in the UK soaring, animal charities are appealing to owners to keep their dogs safe in the sun.

The temperature inside a car can rise to 47 degrees within minutes, and leaving a window open or a bowl of water for your pet will make little difference.

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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 training

Why is my dog possessive?

Possessive aggression should always be taken seriously, in any dog — not least because of the way it can so easily and rapidly escalate as a problem, as Carol Price explains... 

Making my dog come when called

Ensuring you have a good recall begins with a good relationship. You need your dog to want to come back to you when you call him!

Dog Health

Is my dog's new flea treatment safe to use?

Has your vet changed your dog's flea treatment? Vet Roberta Baxter shares her advice on flea treatment's safety and effectiveness.

How do I treat my dog for lungworm?

If you and your dog don't get on with spot-on treatments, and you're looking for an alternative lungworm treatment, our experts share their advice on other products available. 

About fleas

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.

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

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.

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.

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