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New dog control powers come into force

New 'dog asbos' to help police and dog wardens prevent dog attacks have come into force.

Under the new dog control powers — part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — owners of problem dogs can be ordered to make sure their pets attend training classes, are microchipped and neutered, and/or muzzled, or on a lead in public. Owners are also required to ensure garden fencing is maintained to stop dogs escaping.

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Do we expect too much from our dogs?

Great expectations

Times have changed, and so has how we live with our dogs. But do we expect too much? Carolyn Menteith explains how adopting a different mindset may be the answer.

A companion dog needs to learn certain life skills to be safe, happy, and easy to live with. Over the next few issues, as part of our ‘life skills’ series, we’ll be looking in-depth at these and showing you how to teach them to your pet. But first we need to look a little more closely at why these skills are needed.

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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 Pet Munchies 100% Natural Training Treats!

This week, we are giving ten lucky readers the chance to win three packs of Pet Munchies 100% Natural Training Treats!

Pet Munchies premium, gourmet treats are 100% natural and made from human grade, quality real meat/fish. There are 18 delicious different varieties in the range to choose from, which are perfect for dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Pet Munchies training treats are tiny titbits and come in a smaller bag, ideal for pockets, and really are a perfect solution for positive reinforcement training techniques.

Tasty and delicious, these mouth-watering morsels come in three scrummy flavours, chicken, liver & chicken, and sushi. They are all low in fat and the former two are wheat, gluten & soya free - perfect for meeting a lot of dietary requirements. These treats are great for older or smaller dogs that prefer a softer snack, and are perfect for puppies.

When you open a packet the smell will get tails wagging, so why limit these delights to just a training session? Feed at any time, as a treat, as a reward or just because they’re special.

Todays consumers are demanding healthy and delicious snacks, and that is exactly what you get from Pet Munchies.

Each winner will receive a 50g bag of Pet Munchies Training Treats, Chicken, Sushi and Liver & Chicken.

For further information simply visit the Pet Munchies website

To be in with a chance of winning Pet Munchies 100% Natural Training Treats, 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 October 24, at 9.30am. Good luck!

Dog training

Why does my dog go mad at everything?

Training sessions where your dog is exposed to the problems in a controlled way can be helpful, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

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.

Dog Health

Should I have my dog clipped?

Groomer, Diana North gives her advice on looking for a groomer who will listen sympathetically to your dog’s story and plan a trim accordingly.

Stiffness and lameness in older dogs

Stiffness and lameness are common in older dogs, but get them checked out, says Justine Harding — there’s often much that can be done to help.

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 ticks?

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

Dog Activities

Places to go with your dog

Turn to the great outdoors for inspiration and find new and exciting places for you and your dog to visit.

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...