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What Do Men Think About Before They Get A Dog

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So where do we start. For those of you who own one or several dogs, you'll relate to the fact that each and every one of them is wonderful and unique in equal measure. But what about the days, weeks, months and years leading up to the time that you eventually accept a dog into your lives. Was it a quick decision or were you still thinking about the inevitable sacrifices in the days before you brought that adorable bundle of fluff and cuteness home?  I thought I'd share some of my thoughts, reservations and concerns in an effort to...

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What Do I Need To Do Before I Start Running With My Dog

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Did you hear about the guy in California, who with the help of his Weimaraner dog broke the unofficial human-dog 1 mile record? They both clocked an incredible 4:13, which is a brilliant time. To be honest 4:13 is a bit quick for me, even if I had one heck of a tail wind and an energetic and enthusiastic canine pulling me along I wouldn't get close to that. I am more of a 6 minute mile guy and around 80 minutes for 10 miles so you could say my speedy days are behind me. But as a 47 year...

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Attaching a double ended dog lead to a harness

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When we exhibit at UK events, one of the main questions people ask, is "How do I stop my dog from pulling me on walks," followed quickly by "I have tried everything and nothing seems to work." A lot of people think that the main reason for your dog pulling is down to your dog's desire to get from A-B and in many cases we agree with this theory. However, we also believe that a lot of it comes down to how much control you have over your dog and more to the point, how much control your dog knows...

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Is Dog Agility Training Safe For My Dog

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A lot of people think that dog agility training can be quite brutal. Well, that maybe true for the adults but not so much for the dogs. Of course, there are exceptions to this, especially for dogs with weak limbs and those suffering with conditions like hip dysplacia or arthritis. You should also avoid full on agility activities if your dog is younger than 1 year old. Bones do not fully develop in a small dog until they are around 1 year old and this can be up to 18 months in larger breeds. So, all we ask is that...

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How To Toilet Train Your Dog - From Puppy To Adult

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  I don't think it's ever too late to toilet train your dog. In fact, I don't think it is too late to train your dog to do anything, whether it's a puppy or an adult dog. Sure, dogs of all shapes, sizes, breed and age can get into bad habits (and that includes toilet training), but that doesn't mean they can't be eradicated. The trick with all of this is to teach your dog a behaviour it can match to a positive response, communication, praise and reward. For some, the reward can be a toy and for others it...

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