The Dog Blog

  • Interesting Things About Dogs That You May Not Have Known!

    Posted on July 20, 2012 by Lizzie

    1. America has the highest dog population in the World

    2. Dogs are mentioned in the bible 14 times

    3. 70% of people also sign their pets name when sending friends and families greeting cards

    4. At the end of  “A Day in the Life” by The Beatles, Paul McCartney recorded a high-pitched dog whistle for his sheepdog

    5. Dogs do not have a sense of time

    6. Dogs are not in fact colour blind, their sight is just the equivalent of ours at dusk.

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    This post was posted in Dog Information and was tagged with dog facts, dog information

  • Every Pet Needs A Name

    Posted on July 18, 2012 by Lizzie

    So you’ve picked your puppy from the litter and now you have the joy of bringing it home to meet the family. You’ve stocked up on puppy food, toys and a brand spanking new cosy bed for it to sleep in, booked the vet for its shots and bought your pet insurance policy. Yet despite getting all this there’s still one thing nagging away at you... What are you going to call your new furry friend?

    Do they look more like a Bruce than a Bouncer or a Molly than a Missy? Don’t worry though; help is at hand with the Pet Name Generator from Confused.com.

    It’s as simple as answering five questions and your new canine friend will have a brand new name to adorn their collar.

    To see it in action, let’s take this cute puppy as an example...

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    This post was posted in Dog Advice and was tagged with Pet Names, Puppy, Dog Name

  • What Your Dog Breed Says About You

    Posted on July 9, 2012 by Lizzie

    According to research, the breed of dog that you choose says something about you and reflects your personality. We tend to go for dogs that are a bit like us and that fit into our lifestyle. If you are an outgoing and loud person, you are unlikely to want a small quiet dog and if you are a quiet person it may drive you mad to have a loud bouncy dog to look after every day.

    From a Pug to a Newfoundland, dogs come in all shapes and sizes with a range of personalities and temperaments.

    Here are a few matches for you to compare your dogs against:

    Labradors and Golden Retrievers

    These breeds are very friendly and good-natured and make the ideal family pet. Those who choose these breeds tend to be family orientated and laid back. A love for the outdoors is common and Labradors and golden retrievers love bounding around in the countryside making friends and being sociable. Their owners also tend to be honest, friendly people.

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    This post was posted in Dog Information and was tagged with Dog Breeds, Dog Personality, Dog Owner

  • Signs Of Affection From Dogs

    Posted on June 22, 2012 by Lizzie

    Dogs are very loving animals, of all the pets they have been labelled "man's best friend" because they are loyal and affectionate. Dogs make it fairly obvious when they love you but there are also some common signs of affection they display:

    Following you

    Like with humans, when you love someone, they are the person you want to be around. This behaviour is typical of dogs. Dogs follow you around in order to stay with you and be by your side. It can also be seen as a sign of protection by staying with you.

    Licking

    When puppies want to be fed they lick their mothers. When they are older they will lick other dogs as a sign of respect. This acknowledges the status of an older dog within their pack. Dogs can also lick you when they are anxious or stressed, but the most likely case is in a relaxed form when they are just licking you as a sign or affection and respect.

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    This post was posted in Dog Information and was tagged with Dog Affection, Tail Wagging, Licking

  • National Microchipping Month

    Posted on June 7, 2012 by Lizzie

    National Microchipping Month is June 2012. This campaign encourages and promotes responsibility within pet ownership by supporting microchipping as a preferred method of permanent pet identification.

    According to recent stats, 126,000 stray dogs were handled by authorities in the last year. Unfortunately 7.5 thousand of them had to be put to sleep and it was reported that 77% of those lost had not been microchipped.

    The first country to put into practice microchipping was Denmark, they made it compulsory to have all puppies microchipped before they left their mothers at the age of 8 weeks old. By 2012 there were no stray dogs and only a couple of hundred that were lost.

    The other countries that have also made microchipping compulsory include Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Ireland and Spain. In the UK it is still being considered.

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    This post was posted in Dog Advice and was tagged with National Microchipping Month

  • Stray Dog Runs With Cyclists Across China

    Posted on May 30, 2012 by Lizzie

    A stray dog has completed a 1,100 mile trek across China with a group of cyclists. The dog ran with the group for over 20 days climbing over 12 mountains on their journey along the Sichuan-Tibet highway through all manners of weather.

    The brave little dog who has been named "Xiaosa" or "Little Sa" met the cyclists near the beginning of their journey. All it took was for one of them to feed her a little snack for her to dedicate herself to the rest of their journey running alongside their bikes. The litte dog soon became a national hero in China known as a mascot to the cyclists.

    One of the cyclists created a blog about his journey where he documented the dogs adventures - by the end of this race the blog had received over 40,000 fans! Little Sa's breed and age are unknown but this once hungry and lonely dog has now been adopted by one of the cyclists after receiving a clean bill of health from a vet.

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    This post was posted in Dog Information and was tagged with Stray Dog, China, Cyclists

  • National Pet Month Competition Winners

    Posted on May 28, 2012 by Lizzie

    We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who entered our four competitions for National Pet Month. We had loads of entries and hopefully it helped raise awareness.

    We thought it would be nice to show you all some pictures of our winners and their prizes:

    National Pet Month Competition 1 winner: Jessica Wilkinson

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    This post was posted in Dog Competitions and was tagged with National Pet Month

  • Keeping Your Dog Cool In The Summer

    Posted on May 24, 2012 by Lizzie

    Everyone loves summer, dogs and humans alike. It is a great time to play outside in the nice weather and go on glorious long walks by the beach or across the country side.  It is however, crucial to ensure you keep your dog cool throughout the hot weather. While humans have the ability to keep themselves cool in a manner of different ways,  dogs don't have this option and therefore need your help in maintaining a good body temperature.

    Dogs sweat a small amount through their paws but they mainly cool off by panting. Unfortunately when the temperatures are very hot and humid then panting is not enough.
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    This post was posted in Dog Advice and was tagged with dogs, Cool, Summer, Hot

  • Pudsey The Dog Wins Britain's Got Talent

    Posted on May 14, 2012 by Lizzie

    It was a nail biting final on Saturday night when approximately 11.4 million viewers saw Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey claim the title of Britain's Got Talent winners!

    Pudsey is a six year old border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested cross. As part of his prize he will now perform at the Royal Variety Performance for the Queen - a known dog lover with her collection of Corgis.

    Ashleigh and Pudsey managed to pull of 3 flawless and unique performances throughout the competition and are now the proud owners of £500,000. Ashleigh says that one of the first things she will be buying him is a new lead after he lost one of his in the semi-finals.

    Simon Cowell, who is the head Judge on the ITV talent show claims that Ashleigh and Pudsey were one of his favourite acts ever. He told them:

    "I adore both of you. You have got better and better as the competition has progressed and to do what you did in such a short time is a miracle"

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    This post was posted in Dog Information, Dog Videos and was tagged with Britain's Got Talent, Pudsey

  • Top Ten Dog Walks In Britain

    Posted on May 4, 2012 by Lizzie

    It’s the start of the May Bank Holiday Weekend tomorrow and I hope you are as excited as we are! Long weekends are a great time to make the most of the country side and letting your dog stretch their legs and have a great walk. It can be hard finding a good dog walk sometimes that combines all the required elements such as terrain, space, views and variety. So we have written a list of the top 10 dog walks around the country for you to try out this weekend:

    1. Glennifer Braes, Paisley – This walk has plenty of variety along it including open grassland and woodland. The terrain varies from flat to uphill terrain and there are many historical sites along the way as well as spectacular views. There is even a waterfall!

    2. Cavehill, Belfast – This walk is more challenging with wild, unsurfaced paths leading you past caves and across moorland and meadows. There is a lot to be explored for both walker and dog and there are views to keep you going for miles around.

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    This post was posted in Dog Information and was tagged with dogs, Dog Walks, Britain

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