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How to keep your dog safe from thieves

How to keep your dog safe from thieves

The number of dog thefts is rising alarmingly. Andrew White delves into the problem and advises on keeping your dog safe.

Just imagine the scene: you’ve gone to a local pet shop to get some more dog food and you’ve taken your dog along for a bit of socialisation. After you’ve paid, you take your faithful friend back to the car, shut him in, and then go back for your products. However, when you return, the car boot window is smashed and your dog has gone.

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Latest Your Dog Advice

Help! My dog was bitten on the nose!

Has your dog recently been attacked by another dog, and started to show possible symptoms of further injury? Vet Roberta Baxter shares her advice.

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.

Help! My dog's wee is burning our lawn!

There are several possible solutions to this problem, including the protein levels of the food your dog is on, explains vet Roberta Baxter.

Can I feed my dog a mixed diet of raw and prepared food?

Are you thinking about including raw food in your dog's diet, but aren't sure whether to mix it with his prepared food? Vet John Burns shares his advice.

Help! My dog is obsessed with squirrels!

Remember, if your dog is having fun watching the trees, it’s up to you to find a game that is more rewarding than the potential sighting of a squirrel.

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.


Win a Dirt Bag Seat Cover from Ruffwear!


This week, we are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Dirt Bag Seat Cover from Ruffwear.

With more and more dogs happily accompanying their human companions to places like the office or weekend getaways, Ruffwear is focusing its new product additions in travel.

The Ruffwear Dirt Bag Seat Cover is a durable, waterproof cover that shields vehicle seats from the remnants of dog adventures. Our convertible design can be installed in a traditional or hammock configuration and maintains access to seatbelts. Secure attachments keep the cover in place, and non-slip fabric keeps dogs stable during the ride. Easy to fit and remove, cleans with a shake, or is machine washable.

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Dog training

Coping with fireworks top tips

Bonfire night strikes fear in to the hearts of dogs. Follow our top tips and find out how can you make it a less traumatic experience.

How do I stop my dog from escaping?

If your dog loves to run around the garden but finds a way to escape, you could try using a long line, says Elizabeth Kershaw.

Dog Health

My dog's been poisoned - help!

Thankfully cases of dog poisonings are rare, however, should your dog get in trouble, vet Roberta Baxter explains what to look out for.

Can I do my own dog health checks?

It's important to know every inch of your dog's body and be able to spot any changes in your dog’s health with regular DIY health checks.

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 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

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.

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.

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