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Dogs Trust seminar Print E-mail
Monday, 15 February 2016 16:01

For those of you who live in Scotland, the Dogs Trust is staging an interesting weekend seminar at their West Calder branch.  Day One will discuss topics related to the younger dog covering what owners and society expects of them, before introducing the life skills concept of puppy education.  The day concludes with a discussion on managing the adolescent dog.  Day Two will focus on the adult dog considering changing requirements that occur with age and management of individuals who require restricted exercise.  This session will also include an overview of the body language of dogs and how they communicate.  The presenters are two of the UK's leading scientists fron Lincoln University's Animal Behaviour Referral Clinic.  The seminar takes place on 19 and 20 March; a two day ticket is £85 and a one day ticket £50, including lunch.  It promises to be a fascinating and informative weekend; if you would like to book a ticket email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 07920 658653.

Corgis on the up Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 12:41

Dog breeds - like children's names - go in and out of fashion. The Pembroke Welsh corgi is enjoying a revival.  In 2014 the breed was considered vulnerable due to just 274 puppy regirstrations but last year saw a 34% increase meaning it has moved from the vulnerable to the watch list.  Registrations of the Old English sheepdog have also increased meaning that it is no longer on the watch list, while for the first time in its history the Bedlington terrier is on the watch list with just 395 new pups last year.  To put these numbers in perspective: more than 32,000 labrador retriever puppies were registered last year.  (Bearing in mind the charge for initial puppy registration plus a £15 fee for transfer to the new owner, the Kennel Club is coining it in).

Cats v Dogs: Which is Best? Print E-mail
Friday, 05 February 2016 13:42

This television programme deserves a prize: for stupidest title.  Best at what?  Best at climbing trees?  Best at tricks?  Shame on BBC2 for dumbing down what could have been an interesting programme showing how the different species have evolved over the years to develop different behaviours.  If you can stand the silly presenters, it is interspersed with some interesting facts and research.  For example, the huge number of receptors in a dog's nose that allowed the Pointer to air-scent presenter Packham simply by his dead skin was fascinating.  But trying to "discover" which is the more intelligent is a classic example of lack of human intelligence!  Intelligence is a multi faceted topic: some cats would score higher than dogs on certain aspects, while there is huge variation within the dog population. 

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