Is your dog afraid of loud noises? Luckily Ralf doesn’t seem too bothered by them, but as we have quite a few firework displays in our area we will be home with him on Bonfire night just to keep him reassured. Here are some tips for keeping your dog feeling safe and secure around the sound of fireworks: Keep your dog indoors with windows and doors closed and with human companionship. Leave internal doors open so your pets don’t feel trapped. Drawing curtains can act as soundproofing and muffle loud outdoor noise. Provide background noise such as the TV, radio or…

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When this line up was posted on social media in hope of finding a new home over 4000 people replied, and how could you not! Teddy, Ronnie, Ralf and Oscar were four boys from a litter of seven puppies being re-homed by Laurel Animal Rescue, previously neglected they were now cared for, clean and raring to go. I came across this photo when looking at information on buying a dog. After 12 years we felt we were ready to get the dog our teenager had always wanted, so I decided to send an email. I needed my email to stand…

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Before we got a dog I never watched pet programmes, now I see them all the time, has there always been this much dog TV? There are 8.5 million dogs in the UK so I suppose there is an audience out there for these programmes. There’s a new one starting soon about dog health, I imagine there’ll be a segment on obesity as I read the average UK dog is 22% overweight. When Ralf the rescue puppy came to live with us we had advice and guidelines from the rescue centre about his care and wellbeing. One piece of advice…

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