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Controlling your dog's reactivity towards other dogs

Dogs with attitude

Reactive dogs can get their owners into trouble. Trainer Carolyn Menteith and legal expert Trevor Cooper advise on how to avoid it.

One of the most common problems trainers and behaviourists have to deal with is reactivity towards other dogs.

This can be anything from a dog seeming uncomfortable around other dogs and being a little defensive, right up to serious dog-to-dog aggression.

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Carolyn's firewalk for animals in need

Your Dog contributor Carolyn Menteith will soon be taking on a rather different challenge — walking over hot coals for animals in need.

The trainer and behaviourist is taking part in the Firewalk of the Living Dead challenge on Halloween (October 31) in aid of Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare Limited, based in East Sussex.

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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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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.


Win tickets to the fabulous Festive Gift Fair!

Festive fair ticket giveaway

The fabulous Festive Gift Fair — the most wonderful shopping fair of the year — returns to Birmingham's NEC for four days from November 20 to 23. We're giving away 10 pairs of tickets for you to join in the fun!

Christmas is all in the preparation, and it takes lots of planning!

Start with a trip to the Festive Gift Fair, and you will see how easy it is to find everything you need for the perfect Christmas, all under one roof.

From the moment you walk into the fair, you will be caught up in the excitement of the day, exploring over 325 stalls full of clever new gift ideas, and decorations that don’t cost the earth. The variety is huge, with something for ALL the family — from babies and teenagers, to parents and grandparents!

And when your bags are full, drop them off at the Present Crèche and continue to shop, stop for a bite to eat, and enjoy the atmosphere created by bands, choirs, and entertainers.

At the fair you will find thoughtful personalised gifts and family heirlooms, have the chance to sample lots of Christmas favourites — from delicious cheeses to tangy pickles — before you buy, and get into the spirit by trying a few of the different delicious wines and beers.


Dog training

Can I leave my dog alone with interactive toys?

The Kong is widely used for dogs who are left alone, to provide them with something to do. Behaviourist Steve Goward gives his advice.

Ashleigh & Pudsey share HTM tips!

They captivated us on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Kelly Felstead met the winning act and discovered how to get started in heelwork to music.

Dog Health

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.

Help choosing insurance

It's important that you know exactly what you are looking for when purchasing an insurance policy for your dog.

About fleas

What are tick-borne diseases?

Beware! Lurking in the grass are ticks, ready to pounce on your dog and cause disease. Michael Hallam explains...

What are ticks?

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

Dog Activities

Agility jump training

Jumping is a natural activity for dogs, so getting started with this fun aspect of agility training is easy...

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.