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Why does my puppy chase his tail?

Tail chasing is often mistakenly encouraged by well-meaning owners, but sometimes this habit can get out of hand.

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How do I introduce my dog to a new baby?

If you or someone close to you is expecting a baby it's important to get your dog used to as many babies as possible before the new arrival, particularly if he's unfamiliar with youngsters.

How can I get my dog to be gentler with my cat?

It’s often the dog that comes away from a cat/dog confrontation worse off. If the cat is healthy and has an exit route such as an open door or a table to hop on, she will be more content.

How can I discourage my dog's licking?

Does your dog love to lick anyone he meets, but won't listen when you tell him 'No'? Behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith shares her advice on how to solve this problem.

Why does my dog shred her beds?

Certain breeds will thrive on performing the more natural behaviour of tearing apart and de-stuffing any soft item they can find, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

Why won't my puppy play on his own?

Most dogs will not play alone. Dogs are social creatures and find it better to engage with other dogs or their owners, explains trainer Tony Cruse.

How frequently should dogs be vaccinated?

My advice would be to go to a vet you feel you can trust and have a chat about which vaccinations your dog needs, explains vet Roberta Baxter.

Why does my dog have blood in his wee?

Blood in/on the urine normally indicates a bladder or kidney problem, and should definitely be checked out by your vet.

Why does my dog mount his bed?

Fleecy beds can be attractive to entire dogs due to their strong hormonal drive. Behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith explains.

Why does my dog hate chair legs?

Your dog may have developed the habit when the metal legs reflected either her image or perhaps light, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

Help! My dog doesn't like me!

Be careful of your body language when interacting with your dog — avoid loud voices, big gestures, and approaching him if he looks worried, explains behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith.

10 tricks to give your dog the X-factor

With a little time and patience, all pet dogs can learn tricks to give them a little ‘X-factor sparkle’. Teaching tricks can also improve the bond between you, reduce boredom, and decrease the risk of injury as your dog becomes more flexible and develops body awareness.

How do I create a safe haven for my dog?

You may think your dog is unaffected by your hectic home life, but the chances are he needs a retreat. Trainer Tony Cruse advises.

Microchipping your dog

No one wants to lose their pet. But in the event that your dog does go missing, it is commonly agreed that the best chance of finding him is through a microchip – so much so that microchipping will be compulsory for all pets in England as of April 2016.

Dog training

Why does my dog bite me?

Is your dog friendly and calm around you, until something happens and he bites you? Ever wondered why he does this? Behaviourist Claire Arrowsmith explains.

House-training an adult dog

Has your dog started toileting inside the house? You may need to start house-training from scratch!

Dog Health

My dog eats her own poo!

Dogs eating their own poo is not uncommon and no one has discovered a fool-proof answer to this problem, says Elizabeth Kershaw...

How can I stop my dog eating poo?

When scavenging habit has no medical cause, you need to consider the behavioural and psychological factors that have led to the problem.

About fleas

What are ticks?

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

How do I treat ticks?

Does your dog have ticks? Or are you worried about him getting them? Our experts share their advice on the best treatments for ticks.

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.

Can dogs compete if they have hip dysplasia?

Are dogs allowed to compete in shows even if they have hip dysplasia? Vet Roberta Baxter explains...

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