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  • When is it too hot to walk your dog?
    When is it too hot to walk your dog?
    Most cases of heatstroke in dogs are caused by exercise in the heat, so it can be too hot for walkies.
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  • Can dogs eat prawns
    Can dogs eat prawns
    Prawns can be a tasty treat for your pup as long as they're plain, cooked, and the shell and tails are removed. But avoid giving them prawn-flavoured foods like crisps or prawn crackers, as these can have harmful or unhealthy ingredients.
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  • How long does it take to toilet train a puppy?
    How long does it take to toilet train a puppy?
    Puppies aren't born knowing to toilet outside, so we have to train them to do it. It can take a few weeks to months. But by 5-6 months, you'll probably notice fewer accidents in the house.
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  • Can dogs eat pineapple
    Can dogs eat pineapple
    Pineapple's packed with essential nutrients and can be a tasty, tropical treat for your dog. Be careful with younger pupswho might struggle to digest it. Not all forms of pineapple are healthy either, like juice, which is high in sugar. Always remove the skin and core before giving it to your dog.
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  • Everything you need to know about Border Collies
    Everything you need to know about Border Collies
    Smart, loyal and agile. The Border Collie is well known for its herding skills, which also makes them amazing pets for active people!
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  • Why do dogs scratch the carpet?
    Why do dogs scratch the carpet?
    There’s a few reasons why your dog might be scratching the carpet. From boredom, to enjoyment. Find out why they do it and how to stop it.
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  • How long can you leave a puppy alone?
    How long can you leave a puppy alone?
    Of course you want to spend all your time with your adorable puppy! But it's also important to slowly build up their independence to avoid the development of separation issues. This helps your pup learn to safely be alone for short periods of time if you need to leave them at home while you’re out. Start with being in a different room and build up from there.
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  • Can dogs eat strawberries
    Can dogs eat strawberries
    Packed with essential vitamins and antioxidants, strawberries can be a great fruity treat for your dog. While plain strawberries are a hit, strawberry-flavoured foods like jam and yoghurt aren’t a good choice because of all the extra added sugar.
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  • Everything you need to know about King Charles Spaniels
    Everything you need to know about King Charles Spaniels
    Throughout history, the King Charles Spaniels have been loving and charming companion dog.
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  • How to toilet train a puppy in 7 days
    How to toilet train a puppy in 7 days
    With most things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And the promise of being able to toilet train a puppy in 7 days is one of those things.
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  • How long do puppies sleep?
    How long do puppies sleep?
    How long puppies sleep depends on their age, with younger puppies sleeping more. Your pup should sleep between 12-20 hours a day, in multiple naps. Don't expect them to sleep for very long, they will need to wake up to go to the toilet!
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  • Can puppies have peanut butter?
    Can puppies have peanut butter?
    Peanut butter can be a tasty, high-value treat that your puppy can enjoy in moderation. It’s high in protein and has some vitamins. But because it’s high in fat and calorie-dense, too much can be bad for your pup.
    Just remember to check there is no palm oil or xylitol in the peanut butter. Xylitol is highly toxic to dogs!
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  • Everything you need to know about Dobermans
    Everything you need to know about Dobermans
    Dobermans are known for their loyalty and intelligence. They’re often associated with protective roles, but they can also be loving companions.
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  • How often do you worm a puppy? Your guide to puppy worming
    How often do you worm a puppy? Your guide to puppy worming
    Most puppies should start a worming treatment around 3 weeks old, and repeat it every 2-3 weeks until they’re 16 weeks old. There are different types of treatments, including chewable tablets, liquids and spot treatments. They each have different pros and cons. Your vet can help you pick the right treatment and routine for your pup.
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  • Can puppies eat apples?
    Can puppies eat apples?
    Apples are a safe and healthy treat that your pup can eat. They have nutrients and fibre which are all good for your puppy’s health. Always wash the apple and remove the core and seeds before your pup eats any. And cut it into small bite-sized chunks to prevent choking.
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  • When can you bathe a puppy? The complete guide to bathtime
    When can you bathe a puppy? The complete guide to bathtime
    It's no secret puppies have accidents, and get up to mischief. Whether it's dirt, food, or something less savoury, you're probably going to want to wash your pup at some point. Here's a quick guide on when you can bathe a puppy, how often you should wash them, and tips to make bathtime the best experience for your furry friend.
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  • Everything you need to know about Labradoodles
    Everything you need to know about Labradoodles
    Labradoodles are like the Cavapoo’s or Cockapoo’s bigger cousin. Equally lovable and always ready for an adventure. This popular crossbreed is part Labrador Retriever and Poodle. Being a crossbreed, their size and temperament can vary, but they’re generally smart, loving, and very energetic dogs.
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  • Can dogs eat sweetcorn?
    Can dogs eat sweetcorn?
    Sweetcorn is a generally safe and healthy treat that your dog can eat. It has nutrients and fibre which are all good for your dog. Remember to always remove the sweetcorn from the cob, which can be a choking hazard and cause a gastrointestinal obstruction. Only give your dog small amounts of sweetcorn. Too much could cause upset tummies.
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  • How to measure your dog for a muzzle and pick the right muzzle
    How to measure your dog for a muzzle and pick the right muzzle
    The right muzzle for your dog will depend on their breed and snout size. Basket muzzles work for most breeds. But flat-faced breeds like French Bulldogs and Pugs need special short-nose muzzles that don’t make any breathing problems worse.It’s important to pick a muzzle big enough that your dog can still pant, drink, and eat small treats while wearing it. Measure your dog’s snout to get the right-sized muzzle and adjust it so it fits well.
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  • Christmas treats your dog or cat must not eat
    Christmas treats your dog or cat must not eat
    Be sure to keep mince pies, chocolates, decorations, sweets, roast dinner, fruitcake, and too much cheese, away from your dog or cat this holiday. It's always best to call a vet if you think they've eaten something they really shouldn't have.
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  • Can puppies eat carrots?
    Can puppies eat carrots?
    Carrots are a healthy treat for puppies, packed with nutrients and fibre. You can give them to your puppy raw or plainly boiled. If you’re giving them raw, cut them up small to reduce the choking hazard. Give your pup the right amount for their size and appetite. Always check with a vet before introducing carrots and any other new foods.
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  • When can puppies go outside?
    When can puppies go outside?
    When your puppy can go out for walks depends on their vaccination schedule. Pups can go outside for walks about 7-10 days after they’ve finished their vaccinations. But taking them outside safely in their ‘socialisation window’ is important, and that will probably be before they’ve had all their vaccinations. You can let them explore outside spaces where unvaccinated dogs and foxes can't go. You can also carry them outside so they can still experience the sounds and smells and get used to them.
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  • Everything you need to know about Staffordshire Bull Terriers
    Everything you need to know about Staffordshire Bull Terriers
    Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or “Staffies”, are strong, curious and full of energy. They're great for active, experienced owners. These dogs love being around people and show a lot of affection to their families. Because they love company, being alone too long can stress them out so it’s good for someone to usually be at home with them.
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  • What happens if XL Bullies get banned?
    What happens if XL Bullies get banned?
    XL Bully dogs will be banned in England and Wales from 31st December. They will soon be banned in Scotland, but the date has not been announced. 
    If you own an XL Bully, you must apply for a certificate of exemption and follow the government guidance to increase your chances of keeping your dog. Otherwise, they sadly will need to be put down.
    In our guide, we explain what the ban means and what you need to do now if you own an XL Bully type dog, or a similar dog.
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  • Everything you need to know about Rottweilers
    Everything you need to know about Rottweilers
    Loyal, protective and obedient. Rottweilers are known for their strength and dependability. Like German Shepherds, they’re smart, take cues well and are brave which makes them great working dogs in the military and police while show lines can be loving family pets.
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  • The complete guide on how to toilet train a puppy
    The complete guide on how to toilet train a puppy
    Toilet training a puppy takes time and patience. Stick to a routine by taking your puppy outside around the same time every day, after meals, naps, and in the morning and night. Try to get them to do their business in the same spot and reward them with treats and praise when they do. Keep a close watch inside and gently guide them outside if you catch them going in the wrong place. With patience and consistency, your puppy will become the perfect housemate with their new bathroom etiquette.
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  • How to muzzle train a dog: the complete step-by-step guide
    How to muzzle train a dog: the complete step-by-step guide
    Muzzle training is a useful life skill and safety tool for any dog, whether it's to stop them eating things they shouldn't, to preventing bites especially in high-stress situations.
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  • Everything you need to know about Irish Wolfhounds
    Everything you need to know about Irish Wolfhounds
    The Irish Wolfhound was once a formidable hunter, but now they’re more at home on your sofa. They’re big dogs with big hearts. (And you’ll need a similarly large home for them!)
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  • Why do dogs roll in fox poop and how to stop it
    Why do dogs roll in fox poop and how to stop it
    Although we humans might wonder why dogs roll in fox poop, to them it’s pretty natural. No one knows exactly why dogs do it, but the theory is that it’s an old instinct to cover their smell, a form of communication, or they just like doing it. As for how to stop it, read on for tips!
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  • Everything you need to know about Cavapoos
    Everything you need to know about Cavapoos
    Cavapoos are the smaller cousin of the Cockapoo. This popular crossbreed is part Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle. Being a crossbreed, their size and temperament can vary, but they’re generally small, smart, loveable dogs.
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