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Many people assume that getting their dog to come back to them is easy, but in reality, even without distractions, it’s much harder than you might think. Like most behaviours, recall is something you need to teach. A dog won’t return to you if doing something else is more appealing, if he is afraid of the consequences of doing so, or if...
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Once you bring your new puppy home, you’ll need to dedicate a lot of time to training them, including training them to go outside to use the toilet. In time, this should become part of your daily routine and your dog will do it without thinking about it. The key is consistency, commitment and positive reinforcement. Puppies are still developi...
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For the last two weeks we’ve been delving into the curious behaviours and personalities of one of the UK’s favourite pets. The cat is an explorer, a hunter, a napper and a trooper all simultaneously, as well as many other things, and today we look at how a cat communicates with you. Is yours the strong and silent type, or a complete cha...
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The word ‘colic’ brings feelings of dread to most horse owners, being one of the most prevalent and potentially deadly clinical complaints out there. More horses die of colic-related illness than just about any other, which goes to show how common it really is. But could you notice the signs if colic suddenly struck? Although the term e...
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No one wants to plan for their dog getting hurt, but chances are they will at some point in their lives. Having a first aid kit to hand is essential, even if it just contains antiseptic cream and bandages. It is important to take this with you when you travel, as you never know when an accident will happen. Of course, if your dog’s injuries a...
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Getting to grips with the quirky behaviours and personality traits of your cat can take time, especially if you’re new to cat ownership. Last week we discussed three feline personalities – the explorer, the trooper and the intruder – and explained why your cat might fall into these categories. Today we’re looking at three mo...
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A horse’s susceptibility to certain health problems increases with age, just as it does for geriatric humans, due to general wear and tear on the body. But now research is indicating a clear link between healthy older horses and laminitis risk, as insulin response increases with advancing years. The studies, conducted in collaboration with Sp...
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Anyone who knows cats will recognise what curious creatures they are, driven by slightly odd behaviours at times. While it is common for cats to exhibit the same set of behaviours, such as kneading, racing around the house, sleeping in strange places etc, some cat personalities and environments in which they live will incline them towards more spec...
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Horses are big, powerful animals, but they do have their limits when it comes to how much weight they can carry. Researchers have identified a suitable rider weight threshold of 20% a horse’s bodyweight, including the weight of the tack. Beyond this and a horse will be under strain, making injuries more likely and reducing the horse's ability...
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Dandruff is an uncomfortable and unsightly condition that affects as many dogs as it does humans. Like humans, some dogs are more prone to dandruff and dermatitis-related problems than others, but often there is an underlying cause that is triggering the dryness and scurfy coat. Essentially, dandruff is just the surface layer of skin that has flake...
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