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I owe my success to my dog!

I owe my success to my dog!

Behind several successful canine businesses lies an inspirational dog, as Sue Corfield discovers.

Every dog is special to his owner, but some companies owe their success to their canine companions. Whether it’s a problem dog who inspired a unique solution, or deceased friends who ignited a spark of opportunity, the founders of these pet companies are indebted to their doggy inspiration.

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Best dog expressions! Gallery #6

There's just under two weeks left to enter our 'Best dog expressions' competition, dog lovers!

We've had loads more fantastic entries, and they've all made us laugh - so thank you. 

Here's a few of this week's favourites...

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What's all the barking about?

What's all the barking about?

If your dog barks excessively, our experts are here to help. Kelly Felstead investigates this common problem. 

Barking can be a major problem for dog owners; as well as being frustrating and noisy, it can also make you unpopular with the neighbours. 

So what can the owners of persistent barkers do?

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Pet travel - hotel hounds

Dog by the sea

Making holiday plans can be a tricky process for dog owners, particularly when it comes down to finding someone to look after your pet while you're away.

Those who enjoy the company of their pet on holiday, meanwhile, may be unsure of how to go about making suitable travel and accommodation arrangements.

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Latest Your Dog Advice

What should I do with my dog's poo?

There's no avoiding it, so what do you do with your dog's poo? Elaine Everest comes up with some ideas.

Can I feed my dog vegetables?

You won’t upset the balance of your dog's diet by adding cooked vegetables, unless you overdo it and give him diarrhoea explains vet, John Burns.

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. 

Is my child safe around my dog?

Are you worried that your dog is too over excited and demanding around your child? Behaviourist, Steve Goward shares his advice on what to do.

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.

Is my dog too old for kennels?

Are you worried that your dog might be too old to stay in kennels whilst you're away from home? Trainer, Elizabeth Kershaw shares her advice. 

Help! My dog has a yeast overgrowth!

Vet, Roberta Baxter believes that seeing a dermatologist will allow you to get the best advice for your dog’s nail problems.

Competition

Get your paws on some grrreat All About Dogs show tickets!

All About Dogs

The pawsitively fantastic All About Dogs show appears at the Suffolk Robin Hood Game and Country Show this autumn  we’ve teamed up with the organisers to give away 25 family tickets. 

Over the jam-packed weekend of October 11 and 12, the double show spectacular at Trinity Park, Ipswich, will offer a host of fun for the entire family.

From heart-pounding and entertaining demonstrations by the Essex K9 and Lowestoft Dog Display Teams to plenty of ‘have-a-go’ games and competitions, this fantastic show actually offers the chance for every dog to have his day! 

Its extensive line-up of trade stands will sell a whole range of dog products, from beautiful collars and comfortable beds to new coats and specialist dog foods. It also features stacks of expert grooming or behavioural advice from top canine professionals as well as shopping for even the fussiest of pampurred pooches. 

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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 can I bond with my dog?

If a member of the family is having difficulty bonding with your dog, there are lots of fun activities that will strengthen their relationship.

Dog Health

Why does he scrape?

Dogs will scrape the ground after toileting to increase the range of their own scent, says Claire Arrowsmith.

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

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.

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

Giving rally obedience a go

Often called ‘Rally O’, or just rally, it’s a fun, user-friendly version of obedience that absolutely everyone can take part in.

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.