Cleaning your dog’s teeth is important for quality dog healthcare

by Vivien Richardson on May 22, 2010

Dogs know if you are nervous when you attempt to clean their teeth, and both of you spending some time together without too much fuss is an important part of this role play.

Cleaning your dog’s teeth can seem futile at first and you might have to turn it into a playful game to get your dog to take part. If you feel that your dog is too nervous or you want to ask for guidance then visit your local vet for help.

The method of cleaning your dog’s teeth is similar to an adult or child.

Just wash your hands, smear on a little toothpaste, preferably on a doggie toothbrush or your index finger, and allow your dog to lick it off. In the next couple of days try again and then move in gently, slowly place the tip of the doggie toothbrush or (more…)

John Travolta’s dogs killed at airport

by Leanne Thompson on May 21, 2010

John Travolta, the star of classic films such as Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Pulp Fiction, has suffered yet another tragedy in his life this week as his two pet dogs were killed at an airport.

Travolta famously flies his own planes, and he was refuelling is private jet at Bangor International Airport in the USA this week when he asked an employee of the airport to give his dogs some exercise. The employee took the dogs, both on a lead, for a walk. However, while he did so, they were involved in an accident involving a service truck belonging to the airport.

A statement read:

“At approximately 1am on Thursday, May 13, 2010, an airplane carrying members of the John Travolta family landed at BIA. While there, two small dogs were taken for a walk by (more…)

Who will be Over the Rainbow this weekend?

by Darren Jamieson on May 20, 2010

It’s the live final of BBC’s Over the Rainbow this weekend, where the three remaining girls (Lauren, Sophie and Danielle) all compete for their dream role as Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reworking of The Wizard of Oz in London’s West End.

However, more important is the search for Toto, and which dog will win the role of Dorothy’s faithful sidekick for a one off performance. The final five dogs have been put through their paces over the last few weeks, performing various tasks to impress the judges, before this weekend the winner will be announced.

So who will it be, here are the final five dogs:

A cross between a pug and a shih tzu, Eddie is one year old and is one of the cutest dogs in the final. Eddie can’t handle the pressure of sitting on the seats in the theatre, as we saw recently, but he can pull back a curtain with the best of them.

Dangerous Dave
Dave is a miniature schnauzer and is famed for (more…)

Stopping your dog from digging in the garden

by Vivien Richardson on May 19, 2010

There are people who love dogs and gardening, but avoid having both. The reason is they feel the hard work and money spent on a garden would be a waste of both time and money should it get wrecked by a puppy or an adult dog.

Strong hardy plants are the answer, and are great for a garden, however some of the favourites can be poisonous to dogs so be sure to check up on the plants before you buy them.

When a little bit of a plant is spoilt there is usually no harm done, and your dog will have given you great joy seeing him darting around the garden. You can however reduce the impact of a dog on your garden. Paths meant for humans mean nothing to a dog, so plant a couple of hardy bushes where you do not want him to (more…)

Barack Obama’s wealth includes Portuguese Water Dog

by Leanne Thompson on May 18, 2010

US President Barack Obama kept the world guessing when he decided to get a pet dog for his family to live with them in the White House. The world wondered what breed of dog the Obamas would choose, and he shocked everyone with a Portuguese Water Dog they named ‘Bo’.

It looks like it was a good choice for the president too, as the Portuguese Water Dog has just been listed as one of the prized assets in the Obamas’ fortunes. Bo, the dog the US media fell in love with, has been listed as being worth $1,600 in the presidents financial disclosure forms. The value of Bo ads to other windfalls the US president has come by since he took office.


His windfalls include the $1.4 million he won for his Nobel Prize, all of which he (more…)

How to teach your puppy his name

by Vivien Richardson on May 17, 2010

teach a puppyWhen you bring home a new puppy, a gorgeous bundle of fluff that jumps and falls flat on his face, he will require his own identity in the form of a name. Once a name has been established, the next important step is to let your new arrival know that he actually has a name and that he should respond to it.

Basic obedience training cannot begin until this new puppy can understand you are talking to him; however, at first you will be ignored. First let him know your voice, this makes it easier for both of you. Once he responds to your tone of voice, recognising his name is the next step.

You are going to need some small puppy treats, with a little time and a lot of patience. Sit on the floor in a quiet part of your home as interruptions will (more…)

Parkinson’s disease cured by dog

by Darren Jamieson on May 16, 2010

We’ve already reported on how dogs are being used to fight Cancer, and how a boy with an allergy to dogs was cured by a dog, but now it seems that dogs are also helping to fight Parkinson’s disease.

A 28 year old woman suffering with the debilitating brain disease has seen a dramatic improvement in her condition since her friend gave her a West Highland terrier. The woman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago and was forced to take four different types of drugs each day in order to get by. In addition to the drugs, she had to use a pump for her morphine for 14 hours each day. Her condition was also getting worse.

However, once the Westie entered her life her condition improved, miraculously. She now requires (more…)

The Miniature Schnauzer has a big personality

by Vivien Richardson on May 15, 2010

The Miniature Schnauzer is one dog that really loves people. They will run around and enjoy letting their owners know that the postman, or any other visitor, is at the door.

In fact, it can become a trait that becomes annoying, but early training can help to reduce the antics of this energetic and feisty little terrier.

A miniature Schnauzer loves attention, so is considered an ideal pet for children of all ages – but they can be highly protective of their pet food and their own personal toys. If a young child is in a home, it is important that they are guided to understand this concept.


When travelling in a car, Miniature Schnauzers are good travellers, loving the (more…)

Liz Hiorns reunited with lost dog

by Leanne Thompson on May 14, 2010

Last week we wrote about 72 year old Liz Hiorns and her Jack Russell named Penny. Liz’ dog Penny ran away from home and was taken in by a rescue centre, before being sold to a new family as she had no microchip and no collar. Despite Liz contacting the rescue centre, they refused to contact the new owners claiming it was against their rules, and Liz faced the prospect of never seeing her dog, who she had been with for 11 years, again.

Liz reported Penny’s disappearance at the time to Stratford District Council, but they lost the details and the dog was subsequently rehomed when it was found.

All’s well that ends well though as Liz and Penny have now been reunited.

Liz Hiorns had to take matters pretty far however, even launching a £4,000 legal fight to get her dog back. The dog cost the new owners just £80 when they bought it from the rescue centre, and on the day before the case was due (more…)

How to reassure a puppy at mealtimes

by Vivien Richardson on May 13, 2010

feeding a puppyWhen you bring home a new puppy it is easy to allow yourself to be ruled by this new addition to the family. Mealtimes can become a regular battleground and once you give in to him, it can be a mistake.

The one thing to establish is a routine that shows your dog that you will not respond to his whims. However, you will have to ensure that your whole family is using the same routine or your puppy could become unsure of himself, resulting in a few puddles on the kitchen floor.

A puppy that is unsure about his mealtimes can become very territorial and possessive over his food bowl. This behaviour can become quite difficult, although with an established routine and a bit of patience he will soon settle again.

Start a new routine by placing the puppy’s bowl, with a small portion of food, on the floor and move away. When the bowl is empty, return to the bowl and then add a little more food to show him you are going to (more…)

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