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Canine icons – Toto

Canine icons - Toto

Immortalised in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, find out how one dog became Toto — both on film and in real life.

Cairn Terrier Terry went from being an abandoned puppy to a star of the big screen, appearing in one of the most popular family films ever made.

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Cancer detection dog awarded Blue Cross Medal

A Labrador who has sniffed out more than 550 cases of cancer has been awarded the prestigious Blue Cross Medal.

Ten-year-old Daisy has also detected more than 6,500 cancer samples by using her acute sense of smell to pick out chemicals given off in cancer cells in samples of people's breath, skin, and urine.

Medical Detection Dog Daisy even saved her owner's life by detecting breast cancer in her in 2009.

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Knowing the consequences of your dog chasing animals

Knowing the consequence of your dog chasing animals

Running after other animals may be exciting for your dog but as his owner you could receive a fine — or worse. Trainer Carolyn Menteith and legal expert Trevor Cooper explain.

For some dogs, chasing things is their greatest thrill.

This predatory instinct has been handed down by their hunting ancestors; originally it was what got them their food, but it also makes them feel great, and it gives them a ‘brain buzz’ that’s totally addictive!

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Latest Your Dog Advice

Best hardwood flooring ideas for dogs

There are several things to consider when making a decision about the best hardwood flooring options for dogs. Read on to find out which option will suit your needs best.

How can I repel ticks from my dog?

There are a number of medical products for treating ticks, our expert vets Roberta Baxter and Holly Mash explain.

Why does my dog attack my other dog when he sees a cat?

What appears to be occurring here is known as redirection. Trainer Tony Cruse shares his advice. 

How do I stop my puppy from scavenging?

Have you done much training with her? This will be important so that she has an understanding of how to listen to you and what you want her to do, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

Help! My dog is refusing to go on a walk!

Problems with exercise tolerance can result from musculoskeletal problems such as joint pain and arthritis, explains vet Roberta Baxter.

Will my dog's torn nail grow back?

The problem with broken and torn nails is that by exposing the quick they allow a route for infection into the bones of the toe.

Could dementia be putting my dog off her food?

Our experts share their advice on how important it is for dogs to eat well in old age.


Win one of 10 new KONG Shakers for your dog!

KONG competition

This week, we're giving 10 lucky readers the chance to win one of KONG’s great, new, and innovative interactive toys — the KONG Shakers.

They are really cute, but don’t be fooled — they are very strong! Dogs love thrashing, shaking, and squeaking their toys, and they will go crazy for new KONG Shakers. 

They have also added an innovative rattle sound to make play even more exciting! Plus, they’re soft and snuggly, so great for quiet time too! 

Shakers are available in three brightly coloured characters in sizes Medium/Large and Large/X-Large. But please note — KONG Shakers are NOT chew toys.

Please visit the KONG website for details of the full range of KONG products, hints, and tips. Plus great information regarding common canine behaviour problems, and chewing temperaments.

For the chance to win a new KONG Shaker, 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 November 28, at 9.30am. Good luck!

Dog training

Why does my dog lick the dishwasher?

Ever wondered why your dog becomes attached to unusual objects? Behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith gives her advice.

Help, my dog barks at everything!

Jackie Drakeford offers advice and training tips to help put a stop to your dog's excessive barking.

Dog Health

How important is it to feed a dog food containing taurine?

Taurine is an essential amino acid for cats. Dogs make their own taurine so it is not necessary to add any, even if their diet is vegetarian.

How do I keep my dog calm on Bonfire Night?

If your dog is scared of fireworks, follow our top tips to cope with the noisiest night of the year. Andrea McHugh explains.

About fleas

How do I test for dog fleas?

There is a simple test that you can do at home to establish whether or not your dog has a flea infestation, all you need is a brush and some paper.

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

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...

Flyball for the first time?

Your Dog Magazine, with the help of Helen Taylor from Fun 4 All Dog Club, answers your need to know questions about flyball.