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Wellbeing: 7 Ways to Make Dealing With Your Doggy’s Business Less Unpleasant

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Let’s be frank, cleaning up dog poo is an unpleasant by-product of being a pet parent but it’s a daily part of dog ownership nonetheless. 

As I’m yet to win the lottery, I’m unable to employ the services of a professional poop-scoop company (yes they exist) to clear up Lord Basil’s mess but I can find ways to make dealing with it more bearable. Based on personal experiences and with a little thought, here’s seven ways for more bearable poo-management at home and on the go …

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Dog Wellbeing: Our Agenda for a Healthier, Happier 2014

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Weight loss, improved fitness and a healthier diet regularly appear amongst people’s New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re a more, should we say, cuddly pooch, your owner’s 2014 health and fitness plans might also extend to your waistline.

With little concern for weight loss, an on-going commitment to strength and no desire to jog five miles before breakfast or bench-press Basil (although that would help with strength), I’m more focused on creating a 2014 for Basil and I that is healthy and happy, and helps improve our body and mind. Perhaps our agenda might help inspire your approach to 2014 for the benefit of both you and your dog …

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Wellbeing: Ten Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe & Sound This Festive Season

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It’s just two more sleeps until the Big FC pays his annual visit, we gorge ourselves on food and drink, and spend most of our waking hours in a sloth like state. For dogs, it means plentiful tit-bits, a steady stream of visitors offering extra attention, extra time with your pet parent, a warm fire, if you’re a lucky pup, a gift or two. However, with temptations such as tinsel, tiny toys and turkey bones, Christmas can also be a hazardous time for hounds.

To minimise any doggy dramas, we’ve shared ten ways to keep your dog safe and sound this Christmas and New Year …

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Tried & Tested: Precious Pets Luxury Dog Shampoo

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If truth be told, we’re not big on dog grooming. It’s not that we’re too posh to wash it’s just that our resident hound Basil Barkarama is a low maintenance kind of guy. However, when we caught whiff of a dog shampoo, which has received the royal paws up, Basil soon found himself in hot water  …

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Wellbeing: Winter Care and Comfort for Your Dog

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Cram in all the crisp, sunny dog walks you can because according to the forecasts, come next week the weather is said to be taking a turn for the worse, with temperatures plunging to freezing and even the threat of snow in some parts of the country.

While you pile on the winter woollies and stock up on stodge, save a thought for your four-legged faithful, who would also enjoy and benefit from extra comfort and care to see them through the cold days and nights. Here’s our Woof Guide to comfort and care for your dog in the winter months …

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Wellbeing: 10 Tips to Help Your Dog Cope with Fireworks

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Bonfire Night is about to go off with a bang, and while it’s a cause for celebration for humans, the loud and unexpected noise of fireworks can be a major source of stress for dogs.

This stress and anxiety could manifest itself in several ways ranging from trembling, destructiveness, hiding, loss of house training or excessive barking. We share 10 tips to help your dog cope with fireworks in the build up to and on the big night itself but if your dog is prone to anxiety, we recommend consulting your vet ...

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Tried & Tested: Behavioural Therapy & Dog Training for Toileting Issues Part 2

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Yesterday we shared details of Basil Barkarama’s pre-disposition to peeing and pooing wherever he fancied in our home and how, with the problem showing little sign of going away, we enlisted the help of our local Bark Busters’ behavioural therapist and dog trainer Jo Milgrew. Today we take you through how we’ve ended toilet-gate. 

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Tried & Tested: Behavioural Therapy & Dog Training for Toileting Issues Part 1

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Dear canine community, we have a confession to make. Being a good (and most importantly firm) pet parent is not a skill that came naturally to us and until just a few months ago, our own little ten-month-old treasure/terror was not a shining example of a well-trained dog. Sure we grew up with dogs, carrying out daily duties such as feeding and walking but nothing quite prepares you for your own dog, one that you are wholly responsible for 24:7 and who’s behaviour is a product of your creation. 

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