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A happy retirement? Print E-mail
Monday, 04 December 2017 15:33

What happens to Army dogs at the end of their service?  After helping save hundreds of lives in places like Afghanistan, they are sent to the Defence Animal Centre in Leicestershire for detraining and preparation for re-homing in the civilian sector.  These are dogs that have led an extraordinary life on the front line and so they need to learn to relax and understand that they no longer have to work.  But despite an extensive programme of rehabilitation some dogs are just too old, unfit or dangerous for re-homing and so they are put down.  This week nine year old Belgian Shepherds Kevin and Dazz have hit the headlines as they will be destroyed unless a campaign to reprieve them succeeds.  It is understandable that dog lovers are appalled that such brave dogs will be put down but it is important to remember that in some cases, these dogs are not suitable for re-homing and, harsh as it sounds, death may well be the kinder option.

 
Sweet dreams Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 November 2017 16:28

Most of us owners have smiled as we watch our dogs deeply asleep: paws twitching, grunting, tail wagging etc - and assume that they are dreaming.  So it comes as no surprise that a survey by pet food firm Wagg has suggested that dogs dream while they sleep, just like humans.  Who'd have thought it?!

 
Heartbreaking puppies Print E-mail
Monday, 20 November 2017 13:45

Despite extensive media reports, would-be dog owners are still buying illegally imported puppies - and as Christmas approaches, the situation is set to get even worse as demand for puppies increases.  Eastern European gangs are smuggling thousands of puppies into the UK in appalling conditions - which frequently result in behavioural and health problems.  If the puppy falls ill it may involve thousands of pounds in vet bills to say nothing of the emotional heartbreak if the puppy dies.  How to avoid falling into the importers' traps?  Avoid any puppy with a rabies vaccination certificate (it's probably faked) and a "breeder" who can supply various breeds on demand, and insist on seeing the bitch with the puppies.  Here at the Canine Behaviour Centre we are so concerned at the problem that we are giving away free our booklet on How to Pick the Perfect Puppy ... For You.  If you are planning on getting a puppy for Christmas, then simply email us your address and we will send you advice on how to avoid the pitfalls of buying from illegal importers or puppy farmers.  And remember if you cannot get a puppy in time for Christmas, it's not the end of the world - the best things in life are always worth waiting for.

 
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