The Doggy Lodge Blog

Help! My dog is obsessed with toys!

Help! My dog is obsessed with toys!

(Q) My three-year-old neutered Springer X Cocker Spaniel gets obsessed with toys. She constantly pesters me to throw whatever it is she’s found and will not stop. It doesn’t matter how much exercise she’s had. If I try to ignore...

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How to cope with winter dog walks

How to cope with winter dog walks

With the right preparation and kit, you and your dog can learn to love your winter walks. SAFETY FIRST When walking in the dark, keep your dog on a lead and try to stick to routes with wide pavements and...

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Why does my dog eat grass?

Why does my dog eat grass?

(Q) I have a three-year-old Labrador X Vizsla spayed bitch who is constantly eating grass. Is she lacking in nutrients? Should I change her diet? (A) Roberta Baxter says: Eating grass can be an indication of a digestive disorder, and often...

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Why do dogs get hot spots?

Why do dogs get hot spots?

(Q) Why do dogs get hot spots? (A) Vet Roberta Baxter says: There are lots of reasons why some dogs are more prone to skin disease such as hot spots. All dogs have bacteria on the skin surface all the time,...

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How do I stop my puppy from gulping her food?

How do I stop my puppy from gulping her food?

(Q) How do I stop my puppy from gulping her food? I feed her the correct daily amount but every meal time she seems to gulp it so quickly. (A) Behaviourist Steve Goward says: Many puppies will eat their food really...

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How frequently should dogs be vaccinated?

How frequently should dogs be vaccinated?

(Q) How frequently should dogs be vaccinated? Is it neccessary for them to be done annually?  (A) Vet Roberta Baxter says: Some of the components of vaccines last more than one year and are generally given every three years, but some...

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Should I get one or two dogs?

Should I get one or two dogs?

Want to bring a second dog into your home? Then you need to consider the impact on your current pet, explains Jackie Drakeford. ‘If one is good, two will be even better. If we get a second dog, they can...

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Will my dog cope with my newborn baby?

Will my dog cope with my newborn baby?

(Q) I’m having a baby in the spring. What should I be doing for my dog? (A) Battersea canine welfare trainer Nathalie Ingham says: Having a new baby is such an exciting event. However, it’s amazing what a life-changer it is...

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Why does my dog always want to play ball?

Why does my dog always want to play ball?

(Q) Our female 23-month-old Cocker Spaniel keeps jumping up and barking for us to throw her ball. We have tried ignoring her, not talking, and turning our backs. Nothing seems to work. (A) Behaviourist Steve Goward says: Barking due to excitement...

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Sneaky Peek…

Sneaky Peek…

Here’s a sneaky peep at the new Doggy Lodge Day Care Centre. This will be the main playing field for the doggies to play and run free. Next week it will be fully secured using specialist 5ft dog fencing. Behind you...

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