Couple fight to raise funds to save paralysed dog

by Mark James on November 30, 2010

A couple are facing massive vet’s fees in order to save their dog, which had plunged over a cliff. Roxanne Peggie, 23, and Barry Blyther, 43, had taken their German pointer Rover to Northern Ireland. On parking their car at Limavady, a cliff whose name means ‘dog’s leap’ in Gaelic, Rover broke free and jumped over a wall at the cliff’s edge.

Ms Peggie found Rover clinging precariously to a ledge but, before she could rescue him, the unfortunate pooch plunged 400ft. She said:

“We thought that the dog was a goner. I will never forget the sight of him falling. I would never have thought he would have survived such a fall.”

The couple spotted that Rover was still moving, and wen (more…)

How to care for a new puppy

by Vivien Richardson on November 29, 2010

If you have chosen a new puppy or dog from a reputable dog breeder or a dog shelter then you will have great fun getting to know all of the wonderful characteristics and personality of your new friend.

A puppy that has been purchased from a dog breeder will require his vaccinations before you take him for walk; essential vaccination programmes are carried out by a local vet. However, if you have collected a puppy or dog from a rescue centre he or she will have had any relevant vaccinations, as well as (more…)

Dog bite incidents on the rise in Britain

by Mark James on November 28, 2010

It seemed almost humorous at the time – when I’m A Celebrity… host Ant McPartlin bent to greet a four-legged act that had appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, the mutt reacted like a rabid Gillian McKeith and sunk its teeth into him.

Fortunately the animal was presumably less talented at biting than McKeith, and McPartlin needed no treatment, but the same cannot be said for many other people in the UK who are bitten by a dog.

Website Patient UK reports 200,000 bites per year, with approximately 28,000 suffering bites to the face and 19,000 of those requiring plastic surgery. In fact, according to the site 100 dog bite victims are admitted to hospital weekly in the UK.

This is a 66 per cent rise from a mere decade ago and, in 2009, savage dog attacks on small children escalated an alarming (more…)

Top tips on training your puppy with a dog lead

by Vivien Richardson on November 27, 2010

puppy on a leadA puppy that is getting ready to face the outside world will require a light dog collar; let him wear one around the house before the big day though. Choose a well fitting dog collar that allows you to place two fingers underneath, without hurting his neck. This way you will know that the collar isn’t too tight for him.

Top tips on basic dog lead training:

1. Distract your puppy if he or she decides to try and get rid of the collar by rolling about on the carpet, throwing a ball or a toy usually does the trick. Do not take the dog collar off or he’ll think he’s won.

2. Next day, attach the dog lead and allow the lead to drag itself over the carpet, do not leave your pet alone to avoid any unforeseen accidents.

3. When you feel your puppy is not frightened by the dog lead, gently walk him around (more…)

Police dog braves shark infested river to catch criminal

by Mark James on November 26, 2010

In an amazing climax to a police chase, a fearless police dog sank his teeth into a fleeing criminal and refused to let go, even though they were swimming in a shark infested stretch of water.

The Hollywood style pursuit began at 3 AM in Ashmore Plaza, on the Gold Coast, when police were called to an incident involving a break-in at a shop. Officers arrived to disturb two men, one of whom fled on foot whilst the other leapt into a car and drove off. One officer opened fire on the vehicle, but the thief (more…)

Can neutering be a good thing for your dog?

by Mark James on November 25, 2010

Can neutering be a good thing for your dog?No doubt the thought of taking your beloved pet to the vet is not something you normally relish, even more so when he has no actual health problems. Having your dog neutered is a dilemma that many dog owners face at some point or other. Rather than put off what may be perceived as an unnecessary discomfort for him, you may wish to consider the possible health benefits to be had by having him ‘fixed’

For a start, for obvious reasons your dog will not run the risk of developing testicular cancer. An additional benefit of this is that there is also a greatly reduced chance of him developing cancer of the prostate gland too.

Neutering your dog will also have positive effects on his behaviour. He will no longer have the impulse to (more…)

Japan chooses Chihuahua for police force

by Mark James on November 24, 2010

The Japanese are renowned for the skill in miniaturising electronics, such as phones and computers, but it seems they’ve turned this talent to something new: police dogs.

The Japanese police academy in Yamatokoriyama has just turned out the latest batch of highly trained police dogs, including Momo, a Chihuahua. Tipping the scales at just 3kg (6.6lb), the tiny pooch beat off stiff competition from many bigger breeds, such as German shepherds, beagles and golden retrievers, to make it through the intensive dog training to her final exams, which she passed with flying colours.

Rather than be used by officers to put the bite on fleeing criminals, Momo will be put to work in (more…)

Benefits to getting your dog spayed

by Darren Jamieson on November 23, 2010

spayingWhile the subject of getting your bitch spayed may cause tears in the eyes many, and leave some feeling cold, it is actually a very humane thing to do for an animal. A bitch is spayed so that she cannot have any more puppies, and the act actually involves the removal of ovaries – but while this may seem a harsh and drastic measure, the health benefits of having a bitch spayed far outweigh any potential hazards or complications.

For example when a bitch has been spayed she will no longer become ‘in season’, meaning that you won’t have to worry about her becoming pregnant or attracting the attention of other dogs. You also don’t have to worry about her leaving (more…)

Traditional dogs fall out of favour in UK

by Mark James on November 22, 2010

Following on from the news that the Alaskan Malamute has experienced the sharpest increase in popularity amongst dog owners in the UK, the Kennel Club has revealed that several more traditional breeds are falling out of favour also.

West Highland TerrierAccording to the latest figures released by the established authority on dogs within Britain, the number of West Highland Terrier pups that were registered in the UK last year fell by over 50 per cent to just 5,890.

The numbers of Yorkshire terriers registered slumped 44 per cent to just 3,767, with the golden retriever not far behind with a drop of 39 per cent to 7,804 pups.

The UK’s biggest breeds also saw a decline in numbers, with the popularity of the (more…)

How to teach your dog to wait

by Vivien Richardson on November 21, 2010

dog waitWhen you have trained your puppy to ‘sit’ the next step in his training routine is ‘wait’. This exercise is a favourite command when you are ready to place his food down on the floor, or if you want to go through a door – humans first, dogs follow.

Ideally your dog should not be trained first thing in a morning when he is full of energy; he should be slightly tired and ready to stay in one place. The wait exercise is boring to a dog as you are asking him to stay in one position while you are moving around.

Ask your dog to ‘sit’. When he is settled, give him praise. The next command should be ‘wait’ in a firm tone of voice. If he moves try again, give him a signal with your hand repeating the word wait.

The normal signal is hand up, palm facing him, similar to (more…)

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