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My dog doesn't like having his claws clipped Play this video 4:43
My dog doesn't like having his claws clipped Clipping claws is a normal part of animal husbandry but what do you do if your dog doesn't like having his claws clipped? This is a particular problem for retired Greyhounds because racing Greyhounds use their claws to grip the track. Retired Greyhounds, therefore, will often present with overly long claws and will need them gradually clipping back to ensure the 'quick' also gradually recedes. In this video, Jo Blake (previous Operations Manager at the Greyhound Trust) offers some helpful advice on how to enable your dog to feel more comfortable with their claws being cared for. Please bear in mind that this training may take several sessions over weeks or months, it may take a few sessions until you get to a 'clipping just one claw' session but keep it gradual and your claw clipping sessions will be smoother from then on!

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Crufts 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The excitement of this year's show is brewing in the dog community!

The main arena is always a huge draw and it is an internal battle whether to watch EVERYTHING or continue around the many halls. The key is planning. Grab yourself a schedule and circle those that you just can't miss.

I would recommend the Rescue Dog Agility, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Display Team, The Golden Retriever Display Team and Heelwork to Music; skilled and happy dogs just having fun!

Anticipation builds at the thought of the 550 trade stands with all the new foods, toys, equipment, information and gifts to peruse through and choose from.

This year one of Cruft's sponsors is Natures Menu, introducing their new 'True Instinct' range of food. No matter what your interest in the dog world, there will be someone for you to converse with in a thrilling and passionate manner to brighten your mood.

Make sure you look around Discover Dogs and visit the forgotten breeds and have a cuddle with all your favourites. Which breed do you think will win best in show this year? This only happens once a year so make the most of it, you won't want to leave.

Tickets are available now from www.crufts.org.uk

Top Tip: Bring a trolley!

- Lily Clark from Naturally Happy Dogs and www.suppawt.com

Time to reconsider how you fight fleas?

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Unfortunately, at one time or another as a dog owner you will face the challenge of having to fight off fleas. Whether you like it or not, combating fleas is almost part of your job description when it comes to raising a well rounded and healthy dog.

The frustrating part is there is almost nothing you can do about your dog getting fleas in the first place. Although some products claim to be flea preventatives, even when using these you may still find one day that these pesky intruders have somehow taken up home on your lovable pooch.

Scratching will probably be the first giveaway of a flea infestation. Out of nowhere your dog will likely start to scratch here there and everywhere just to rid themselves of the annoying pests that are jumping and leaping all over their coat. Where they come from may be an even bigger mystery. Your dog can contract fleas from other dogs they come in to contact with when out on walks or even from just playing on their own in your yard.

Even more surprisingly to some dog owners is that if your dog has previously had an outbreak of fleas which have now returned then it may be that they have returned simply from your dog spending time in doors. This is because it is not uncommon for fleas to live in your dog's bed or even your couch and then return to your pet at a later date.

That is why when treating your dog it is key to remember to treat their environment as well as their fur and coat.

One of the most effective way of treating your dog is through the use of a flea shampoo which will effectively rid your dog of any fleas on them at the time of the bath. However, although shampoo products are great at killing adult fleas they are not so effective at killing larvae or breaking the flea cycle which is so important if you want to completely rid your home of flea and ticks. This is especially important if your dog develops Flea Allergic Dermatitis (FAD).

The best way to get rid of fleas completely is by killing flea eggs as well as adult fleas by ensuring you thoroughly clean your home and any carpet, or furniture that your dog may have come into contact with during the infestation.

This is a step that many dog owners often overlook and is one of the best pieces of advice we offer to pet owners in order to get them to reconsider how they combat fleas.

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