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A day in the life of a dog trainer

A day in the life of a dog trainer

Passing on skills that will last a lifetime, Michael Hallam watches dog trainer Tony Cruse in action.

From group training classes to one-to-one behavioural assessments, dog trainers help people to make the most of life with their pets. Giving expert advice, demonstrating training techniques, and developing coping strategies for dogs with behavioural problems is all part of the day job for trainers, as Your Dog contributor Tony Cruse explained.

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A dog walk for charity

Midlands children's charity Acorn's Children's Hospice is calling on dogs and owners to help them raise vital funds.

The Acorns Dog Walk will see hundreds of fundraising pets and owners descend on Sutton Park, in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham on Sunday May 17. Organisers hope to raise £20,000 towards the charity's work providing care for life-limited and life-threatened children, and support for their families.

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How dog grooming develops an emotional bond

How dog grooming develops an emotional bond

Dog grooming is an important part of caring for your pet, but did you know there are emotional benefits as well as health benefits for your pet pooch?

Grooming your dog regularly from an early age helps them get used to being touched, which will make it easier to look after them properly later in their life. It is particularly crucial for rescue dogs to get used to being touched as they may not have had the best possible start in life.

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Learn how to protect your dog from ticks with Chris Packham

Tick Campaign

Watch the show live on Thursday April 23 at 2.45pm, from the New Forest to learn how to check and protect your dogs against ticks.

Vets across the UK are set to take part in the Big Tick Project, launching on Thursday 23rd April. This will see dog owners collecting ticks from their pets throughout the UK in a bid to help scientists track what is feared to be a growing threat to dogs and people from tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease.

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Latest Your Dog Advice

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.

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.

Competition

Win a family ticket to Paws in the Park!

Paws in the Park

Paws in the Park brings four-legged fun to the South of England Showground this May.

Dogs are always welcome at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex, but never more so than when the Paws in the Park Spring Show event takes place on the weekend of 16 & 17 May 2015.

Packed fun and frolics, Paws in the Park provides endless activities for dogs to enjoy with their owners, plus shopping, food, camping and evening entertainment. There are masses of ‘have a go’ activities including the Dogstable Course, My Dog’s Got Talent and Terrier Racing, a huge array of outdoor trade stands and the Barks & Spenders indoor mall plus entertainment from 2014 Crufts winner Richard Curtis and TV Stunt Celebrity Dogs.

MDS Shows have teamed up with Your Dog to give away 10 free family tickets to Paws in the Park Spring Show!

The show is open on Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 May from 9.30am to 5.00pm, with camping open from Friday evening. Advanced ticket prices start at £6.50 for children and £8.50 for adults and can be purchased on the Paws in the Park website or on the gate.

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Dog training

VIDEO: Introducing the lead

When first introducing your dog to the lead, it’s best to simply clip it onto the his collar and let him drag it around rather than applying any pressure.

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.

Dog Health

What is my dog scared of?

Has your dog been spooked by something, but you can't figure out what? Behaviourists Steve Goward and Claire Arrowsmith share their answers...

Dental care for dogs

Taking good care of your dogs teeth will help to keep him happy and comfortable. We have some advice to help you here.

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.

Protecting your dog from fleas

Your Dog Magazine's advice on how to treat a dog with fleas and some helpful tips on how to avoid any further infestations.

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...

Preparing for a dog show

About to enter your first fun dog show? Follow Andrea McHugh’s tips to ensure the big day runs smoothly.

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