Monthly Archives: November 2015

Choosing the Right Dog to suit your Lifestyle

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Are you thinking of getting a new dog?
Perhaps you have never owned a dog before?
Perhaps you have always had a certain Breed but wish to have a change?
Perhaps your lifestyle has changed?
Having owned and rescued dogs all my life, I have had a lot of experience in matching the right breed/ character type of dog to an owner, and would like to share some of my experience with you.
1. Think about your home. Are you allowed pets?  How big is your home? Have you got an outside enclosed space for a dog?  If so, how much space? If you love your garden are you prepared for damage?
2. Think about your daily routine. Do you work long hours or are you around for most of the day?
3. Think about you lifestyle. Do you like to go on a lot of holidays or have hobbies that involve being out of the house for long periods of time?
4. Think about your age and health. Dogs live between 10 and 20 years on average and need at least 1 good walk a day.
When getting a puppy you are committed for this length of time, for a rescue dog than this is slightly shorter depending on dogs age.
5. Think about the finances of dog ownership. A pedigree dog can cost upwards of £400, not to mention food, insurance, vets bills etc.  Even a rescue dog isn’t free! Most rescue centres charge £100 to cover vaccinations and spaying.
Having considered these 5 points in detail, you will find yourself in a  much better position to do some more research and to make a more informed choice about  which dog is most suitable for you.
I will be doing a further blog next week to look into  the Different Breeds  of dogs or the advantages of rescuing a pedigree or crossbreed dog.

Bonfire Night and your Dog

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As Bonfire Night approaches, many dog owners can become anxious about their animals fear of the loud bangs and noises

caused by Fireworks.
There are many expensive devices sold these days to address this issue, and some dog owners feel the need to visit their Vet

to ask for some calming medication for their dog.

As a lifetime owner and great lover of all things canine, I would like to share a few hints and tips that may help you ( and your dog!)
Please note that the following advice should be started as soon as you get a puppy, because like many fears in humans , the older the dog and the more negative experiences they have,the more difficult it can become to help them.
Firstly, try to be as relaxed as possible whenever the noise of fireworks is heard. Your dog sees you as its Pack Leader, so if you get anxious then they will do too!
Carry on with your usual routine and try not to “overcompensate” and make too much fuss of them.
Keep Firework noises to a minimum by keeping all windows shut. It may be helpful to raise the volume of your TV or radio ( if you are already listening to them)
If your dog barks at the noise of the fireworks, try not to shout at them. They see this noise as a threat to their territory ( rather like the postman or a burglar ) They can become confused if you reprimand them.
Distraction is always the key. Plenty of Strokes and reassurance usually does the trick.
Finally, make  Bonfire Night a positive time for you and your Dog. Enjoy!!!!!