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Anti dog? Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:33
Once upon a time Britain was regarded as a nation of dog lovers. But now? In April last year a Northamptonshire council was the first to introduce on the spot fines for dog owners who failed to carry poo bags - and other councils soon followed. Canterbury Council in Kent is just one that is also intending to fine dog owners £80 if they are caught without at least 2 bags. It is proposed that council workers or police officers will have the power to stop anyone walking their dog in a public park or on a footpath and ask if they have sufficient bags. But how many bags are you supposed to carry at any one time? We agree wholeheartedly that owners must clear up after their dogs - although we deplore the common practice of leaving the bags beside the path or, even worse, hanging them from trees and bushes - but are these new measures not a little over the top? Further proof that we are increasingly anti dog: beaches that ban dogs and councils that ban people walking more than four dogs at one time on public land.
The dangers of over walking Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2017 08:52
We were sorry to see the BBC 2 programme 10 Puppies ending last night and wish all the new owners (especially the delightful Delia and her Leonberger) the very best of luck with their puppies. But we were appalled to see the "canine expert" advising the owners of seven month old Labrador Pippa to walk her for a couple of hours. This is much too much for such a young dog and we really hope that not only do Pippa's owners ignore her advice but that anyone watching with a large breed puppy also does, to avoid damaging growing joints. The golden rule is: five minutes for each month of life - ie 30 minutes at 6 months old and one hour at a year. Remember too that the more you walk a dog the more he will expect/want!
It's not always the puppy's fault! Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:12

A delightful series on BBC2 (part 3 tonight) looks at how 10 puppies cope with their new owners!  To date, the majority of owners appear to be pretty clueless - with the exception of Will and his Border Collie Jura - which obviously makes for entertaining television.  Just as potential parents don't undergo training in parenthood, would-be dog owners often start with minimal knowledge.  Not only do puppies have to learn right from wrong but so do children:  three year old Isadora would certainly benefit from hearing the word "No!"

On the subject of television programmes, Animal Rescue Live:Supervet Special is running every night this week on Channel Four in an attempt to re-home as many animals as possible.  It's also a great reminder of how some dogs simply hate being hugged tightly - just watch how many can't wait to escape Noel Fitzpatrick's loving clutches!

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