Dog Care and Advice

Health and care articles, training tips, activities, and more...


About dog agility

The sport of dog agility began in 1977 when Crufts committee member John Varley decided to try to create a demonstration to fill the time between people watching the obedience championship and the beginning of the group judging.

Shall I get a dog or a bitch?

Whether to get a male or female dog is one of those questions that owners can agonise over. When asking yourself 'Should I get a dog or a bitch?' here is what to think about: 

How to cope in a canine crisis

Would you know what to do if your dog started choking? Joanne Bednall tells us how attending a pet first aid course could potentially save a dog’s life...

How to adopt a rescue dog

A rescue centre/shelter is probably the best place for you to visit if you want to adopt a rescue dog...

Can dogs catch colds?

Can dogs catch colds? There are a number of viral and bacterial diseases that can cause the symptoms of upper respiratory infection.

Leaving your dog home alone

If you need to leave your dog home alone for a few hours, take a look at these tips to ensure he remains happy and safe...

Can I stop my puppy barking at my children?

Canine Behaviour Officer Kate Ellam says: Dogs can bark for a number of reasons. When it occurs in response to children, it can often be because they are worried or overexcited and wanting to play.

Why does my dog eat his own poo?

Eating poo is not uncommon and no one has discovered a fool-proof answer to this problem.

Is my dog too fat?

It's been suggested that pets are overweight when their body weight is 10 to 19 per cent above what it should be, although any increase above a normal body weight can be detrimental.