Is your child ready for the responsibilty of a dog?

by Darren Jamieson on December 31, 2011

Most children at some point ask their parents for a pet and looking after an animal can be a great learning experience for children, teaching them a sense of responsibility and care. However, dogs are a huge responsibility and lots of thought must go into deciding if the whole family can take it on as it is a commitment for everyone in the household.

A pet like a dog requires as much attention as any other member of the family. A dog will need attention, grooming, exercising and of (more…)

Dogs naturally calm nerves

by Vivien Richardson on December 30, 2011

With the cost of attending university due to rise, there will be yet more pressure on students to achieve the very highest grades. Some will become very nervous indeed and this will affect their performance adversely. A few may respond by taking pills, but students at the University of Arizona have found a much healthier and fairer alternative to be effective. Law students have discovered that stroking a therapy dog prior to critical examinations is beneficial.

Therapy dogs have been used in the United States for some time. However, using them at university prior to examinations other than as individual dog owners (more…)

Basic dog grooming tips for you

by Vivien Richardson on December 29, 2011

There are many professional dog groomers you can call on should your pooch need some attention and pampering. Some parts of dog grooming can be tricky, for example, your dog may have a particular coat that needs attention or is difficult to handle, or you may not feel confident with some tasks, which mean you need to call on and pay for the services of a professional. For instance, cutting your dog’s nails can be tricky as cutting them too short can cause them to bleed – it may be best to leave this to dog groomers or even the vet.

However, there are some basics to dog grooming that will require attention unless you (more…)

European dogs derive from some Asian breeds

by Mark James on December 28, 2011

New research has shown that the origins of dog breeds in the western world are different from what was previously first thought.

It was discovered through the research that dogs which came from ancient south-east Asia had a substantial influence on dog breeds in Europe, as well as in the United States.

Initiated by a team of researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis, a study looked into the theory that most of the canine breeds in the western world originally derived from dogs which hailed from the Middle East and also from early western civilisations.

It was found that this idea is unlikely to be correct, due to it appearing that pet dogs in Europe and in the US actually originate (more…)

Woman refused flight as guide dog required papers

by Darren Jamieson on December 27, 2011

A blind woman was refused boarding due to her guide dog not having the correct documentation.

The airline, easyJet, has offered an apology to Joanna who was stopped from getting aboard her flight due to her guide dog’s papers.

Joanna Jones was forced to fly from Belfast to Gatwick with her guide dog aboard a completely different airline.

The dog did have on a collar tag and a harness, that’s given to official guide dogs, but Joanna was informed that the dog required a certificate for the return journey.

The airline did transfer Joanna to another flight after they were contacted by the Guide Dogs Association in Belfast.

Barry Toner, Joanna’s fiancé, who also requires an assistance dog, spoke of how he had a telephone (more…)

Abandoned dog hopes to find new home

by Mark James on December 26, 2011

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier was left on a wet and cold winter night after being attached to a post outside a dog sanctuary.

The dog has now been renamed Bobby after a policeman who rescued him at 3am from his dire circumstances just outside of the Thornberry Animal Sanctuary, in North Anston, South Yorkshire.

Bobby is currently at the sanctuary waiting to find a friendly new home and Sarah Froggat, who helps out there, said:

“This is the third time we have found dogs dumped this way in as many weeks, but this was the first in these circumstances for a long time. The fear in (more…)

Top tips to enjoy exercising dogs in the countryside

by Leanne Thompson on December 25, 2011

Most ‘townies’, if you can forgive the term, will usually make the use of dog walking amenities close to home. When you take your dog to the countryside however, there are a few important things to remember to make your walk enjoyable for both you and your dog.

Keep the collar and lead to hand

It may be tempting to let your dog have a good run unhindered by a lead, but keep it with you; there are times when it is imperative to call your dog to heel and clip that lead back on. If your dog is caught worrying livestock, for example, the farmer is legally entitled to shoot at the dog. If your dog is very young or not very obedient, don’t let him or (more…)

Sad theft could inspire advertising ideas

by Darren Jamieson on December 24, 2011

A resident of East Falls in the United States had his inflatable Santa stolen during this Christmas season. Sean Dieter felt that his giant Father Christmas made a positive impact in his neighbourhood and was shocked at the theft of the eight foot tall object. His faithful dog Smarty Jones failed to raise the alarm. However, the photogenic dog appeared alongside Sean Dieter in his heartfelt appeal for the return of his Santa via the media.

For the photographs, Sean Dieter made Smarty Jones wear (more…)

Santa Paws opens grotto for dogs

by Darren Jamieson on December 23, 2011

As children all over the world wait eagerly for a special visit from Santa, some pampered pups in South Yorkshire will be lucky enough to receive a visit a little earlier this year.

Sheffield’s Owlerton Greyhound Stadium opened its doors this December to possibly the UK’s first ever Santa’s Grotto that has been specially designed with dogs in mind.

Dogs can be taken along to the stadium by their owners to be introduced to “Santa Paws” and to be given Christmas gifts. This event was organised in (more…)

Products for dog stores continue to evolve

by Leanne Thompson on December 22, 2011

Running a pet store is not what it used to be. Modern dog products are much more advanced than their older counterparts. Particularly in the United States, technological innovation is leading to the production of some amazing goods. It is the case that where the United States leads, Britain usually follows. According to a recent news item, nanotechnology is altering what is available for pet owners.

A range of products for dogs are now being manufactured with nanotechnology at their heart. Dog collars and leads have been made by a company called Dog Gone Smart Pet Products. This enterprise aims to be a pioneer in the sector and will (more…)

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