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(Q) My three-year-old neutered Springer X Cocker Spaniel gets obsessed with toys. She constantly pesters me to throw whatever it is she’s found and will not stop. It doesn’t matter how much exercise she’s had. If I try to ignore her she grumbles, barks, puts her paw on me, or drops the toy on me. She’s not interested in treats

With the right preparation and kit, you and your dog can learn to love your winter walks. SAFETY FIRST When walking in the dark, keep your dog on a lead and try to stick to routes with wide pavements and street lights. If you do encounter unpaved areas, walk against the flow of traffic, keeping your dog on the side

(Q) I have a three-year-old Labrador X Vizsla spayed bitch who is constantly eating grass. Is she lacking in nutrients? Should I change her diet? (A) Roberta Baxter says: Eating grass can be an indication of a digestive disorder, and often accompanies symptoms such as diarrhoea or vomiting, so addressing any digestive problems is advisable. Have you wormed your dog with

(Q) Why do dogs get hot spots? (A) Vet Roberta Baxter says: There are lots of reasons why some dogs are more prone to skin disease such as hot spots. All dogs have bacteria on the skin surface all the time, but only those with a poor skin barrier, which can be due to underlying skin diseases such as parasites, allergies,

(Q) How do I stop my puppy from gulping her food? I feed her the correct daily amount but every meal time she seems to gulp it so quickly. (A) Behaviourist Steve Goward says: Many puppies will eat their food really quickly, especially if they previously had to push other pups away due to being fed from a single large bowl.

(Q) How frequently should dogs be vaccinated? Is it neccessary for them to be done annually?  (A) Vet Roberta Baxter says: Some of the components of vaccines last more than one year and are generally given every three years, but some of the vaccine components only last around one year and a yearly booster is advisable. In our practice area the

Want to bring a second dog into your home? Then you need to consider the impact on your current pet, explains Jackie Drakeford. ‘If one is good, two will be even better. If we get a second dog, they can be company for each other. They will be friends. That dog with separation anxiety will become calm. The elderly dog

(Q) I’m having a baby in the spring. What should I be doing for my dog? (A) Battersea canine welfare trainer Nathalie Ingham says: Having a new baby is such an exciting event. However, it’s amazing what a life-changer it is — and from your dog’s point of view, the changes are huge. One day soon, you will dash out of

(Q) Our female 23-month-old Cocker Spaniel keeps jumping up and barking for us to throw her ball. We have tried ignoring her, not talking, and turning our backs. Nothing seems to work. (A) Behaviourist Steve Goward says: Barking due to excitement and frustration is natural and at some point this behaviour has been rewarded. Successful outcomes are repeated, even if you

Here’s a sneaky peep at the new Doggy Lodge Day Care Centre. This will be the main playing field for the doggies to play and run free. Next week it will be fully secured using specialist 5ft dog fencing. Behind you can see the doggy Lodge which also has a large garden. Here will be the shelter for the doggies as

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