Keeping Your Retriever Risk-Free This Summer

The second worst thing about the record-high summers we seem to get year after year is trying to get to sleep at night. All that tossing and turning, the sheet sticking to your skin thanks to the glue-like sweat you seem to perspire. It’s annoying beyond words. The worst thing, however, is the risk summer weather can pose to your Labrador Retriever.

That is why we have been busy putting our eyes to research and fingertips to keyboard to come up with some essential tips, tricks, and bits of advice when it comes to beating this year’s summer heatwave.

Early Morning Or Late Night

Labrador Retrievers need more exercise than a professional rugby player with his eyes on the World Cup. However, you need to be a little cautious about this during the summer months. That is why we highly recommend you tweak your habits and start exercising your excitable pup first thing in the morning and the last thing at night when the air is much cooler. The other thing we would kind of urge you to do is ease off the exercise a bit. Lower the intensity a tad, or cut each park session down slightly; anything to make your dog that much more comfortable this summer.

Don’t Forget About Fleas

No one loves summer as much as fleas. Not even your tan-obsessed best mate who refuses to wear sunscreen. The humidity and warmth just speed up lifecycle no end (we’re talking about the fleas), not to mention that we’re coming off an incredibly mild winter too. That is why you need to be on the case more than normal. You don’t have to change your lifestyle, just some flea collar reviews, talk to your vet, keep an ear to the ground and make sure you have the right medication handy, just in case. Flea infestations are a much higher risk and that means your precautions need to rise too.

Dehydration Annihilation

Keep encouraging your dog to drink and remember to carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go, especially if you are going for a walk. That is the bottom line on this topic, although it is also worth understanding that different types of Labrador Retriever have different needs. If you have a Lab with a black or chocolate coat, for example, they may need to be kept more hydrated than you realize because they will absorb the heat far quicker than you. So make sure they drink and make sure you sprinkle water on them should you feel the need to. You may not realize, but dogs cool from the bottom up, so if you are spraying them, spray their feet and belly.

Digging Is Good

Dogs weren’t always house trained animals. They were wild once. What’s more, those instincts on how to keep cool and avoid the heat haven’t disappeared. What they do in the wild is dig. It isn’t out of annoyance, it is what they do to hunt for food, give birth to their litter and, yes, stay cool. So to help your dog embrace its natural need to escape the heat, find a shady spot where it is okay to dig a hole and let them paw away. Your Labrador will thank you big time.

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Celebrating National Pet Remembrance Day

The third national Pet Remembrance Day, where people across the UK will remember beloved pets that have died, is to be held tomorrow (Wednesday, 5th July.)

Pet Remembrance Day provides an opportunity for people to celebrate the lives of pets and the increasing number of ways in which we can commemorate them. A Twitter chat will take place on Wednesday using the hashtag #PetRemembranceDay for people to show their support and share thoughts and photos of deceased companion animals.

Pet Remembrance Day, which is organised by 3D printing specialists Arty Lobster (www.artylobster.com), is once again proud to support The Oldies Club (www.oldies.org.uk) – a national charity, which rehomes dogs aged seven and over in need of homes. The charity is particularly in need of new foster carers: www.oldies.org.uk/get/fostering-dogs.

The national day of remembrance comes as a new Populus survey, commissioned by the founders Arty Lobster, of 2,000 adults revealed that young adults aged 18 to 24 are the most likely (59%) to remember a beloved deceased pet by holding a ‘memorial event’ – compared to just three in ten of those aged 65+ (29%).

Among all respondents who currently own a pet, just over two fifths (42%) said they would be likely to grieve for pets in this way. Women appear slightly more likely than men to hold a memorial event for their pet (44% vs. 40%). Single pet owners are more likely than pet owners who are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting to mourn their pet (48% vs. 40%).

People living in the Midlands are the most likely (35%) to hold such an event while 30% of pet owners in Northern Ireland say they would. This was followed by London (28%), Yorkshire (27%) and the South East and Scotland (each on 24%) while the North East ranked joint bottom with Wales at 19%. The aggregate figure for England is 28%.

Lars B Andersen, CEO of Arty Lobster, said: “Pet Remembrance Day is a special day when people can collectively remember departed pets and celebrate the importance they play in our lives.”

Best-selling author and speaker Wendy Van de Poll, MS, CEOL (Certified End of Life and Pet Loss Grief Coach and Founder of Center for Pet Loss Grief, LLC) explained: “Pet Remembrance Day is a time for outwardly expressing your deepest love for your pets that have reached the end of their lives.

“Outwardly mourning is a way of saying good bye in a very healthy way by celebrating the life of your beloved companions. Paying tribute to those animals that touched your heart with a pet funeral, memorial, or remembrance will help you heal your loss all the while keeping the love of your companion close by.”

 Entertainer, and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Damon Scott, said: “Only last year, my darling rescue dog Sophie gained her angel wings, and so I experienced the extreme grief and sadness which the loss of a beloved pet brings. Pets are family and they deserve to be remembered and to have their lives celebrated like any other family member.”

Animal welfare campaigner Lisa Garner lost her beloved rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Lucy in December last year. Lucy became a social media star with a 70,000 Facebook following and a leading light in the campaign against puppy farming.

Lisa’s love and devotion for Lucy speaks of the strength of the human – animal bond. She said: “Lucy was my best friend and soul mate, who depended on me for everything, to lose her was and still is indescribable.  Even now 7 months on I struggle to think or talk about her without crying, on some level it still doesn’t seem real. 

“I guess when we love someone so much the pain we go through when we lose them is just a reflection of that love.  I hope Lucy knew what she meant to me and her friends from all around the world, if the sheer love for Lucy could have saved her when she was so poorly, she would be here today asking for her favourite thing, cake.  Lucy will forever be in many hearts and so terribly missed every single day.”

On Pet Remembrance Day, there are many ways in which people can remember deceased pets, including:

  • A memorial service in a place where the pet liked to walk or play.
  • A living memorial by planting a tree or flowerbed
  • A pet sculpture or portrait featuring the pet or their image printed on a coaster or other accessory
  • A scrapbook with photos and other reminders of the pet.
  • An online memorial with photos of the pet
  • A poem about the pet
  • Donating to charities like The Oldies Club or volunteering at an animal rescue centre

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Making Your Pet Feel Comfortable

As a pet owner you are tasked with the very important job of ensuring that your pet is as comfortable as it can be. It is your responsibility to make sure they are never left wanting in the comfort department — and you cannot shirk on this responsibility, not ever. However, you should know that different types of pets have different comfort demands. Read on to find out just a few of these differences as well as ways on how to make your pet, no matter what it is, as comfortable as can be.

Comforting Dogs

When it comes to comforting man’s best friend, first of all you need to protect them as best you can from loud noises. Simply, dogs never have liked and never will like loud bangs. This means that nights where fireworks fill the sky are your dogs worst enemy. During these times you should try to, yourself, act as calm and as nonchalant as possible around your dog. Doing so, instead of snuggling and treating them will go a long way to making them feel normal, and ultimately less scared of the bangs outside. Also, as a dog owner you should always keep an eye out for the most common illnesses that can strike your poor pooch. And when you notice something may be wrong, you need to act upon it quickly.

Comforting Cats

Although cats may not always give their true feelings away with ease, they still feel discomfort. They still feel anxiety. And to calm an anxious cat, you can to do a number of things. You can cover their eyes in order to force them to be more attuned to their other senses. You can gently rub their scruff (the skin that connects their head to their neck) to remind them of their time as a kitten. And you can simply sing them a song.

Comforting Fish

Making any fish that you own feel comfortable may seem like a silly notion, but they are living creatures and therefore need their own special brand of comfort. And the main thing you can do to induce this comfort is to ensure that one, their tank is not too over inhabited and two, that it is cleaned our regularly. When it comes to over inhabiting your tank, a good rule of thumb to work by is that for every 1 cm of fish you own you will need 1 litre in the tank. So, if you own 17 fish that each measure up to 3 cm, then 50 litre tanks are what you should be looking to invest in. By doing so you also give yourself less tank to clean too — this means that it will be easier for you to keep atop of the the upkeep of it. Even though your fish can’t give you any sort of feedback as to what they do and do not like specifically, like dogs and cats can, you still need to do all you can to ensure they are swimming through their lives comfortably.

Comforting your pet, no matter what type of animal it is, is a responsibility you simply cannot shirk on. So, don’t shirk on it!

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New Research into Devastating Disease Affecting Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College have found that Cavalier King Charles Spaniels affected by syringomyelia and Chiari-like malformation, have an irregular, “drunk-like” gait, measured in variation of gait characteristics, and a wider distance between the thoracic limb paws resulting in a wider base of support when walking.

Cavaliers are sweet and adorable little dogs that are loved by the public. Sadly, a significant proportion of cavaliers are predisposed to a painful and debilitating spinal cord condition known as syringomyelia. The condition is characterised by fluid-filled cavities called syrinxes within the spinal cord which, as they grow, cause pain and neurological deficits. Dog breeds that are miniaturised and short-nosed are more prone to syringomyelia, but Cavaliers are believed to be the most commonly affected breed.

The study used a simple and novel technique for quantifying gait parameters using a grid on the ground made of electrical tape and two high-speed video cameras. These gait changes are similar, even when less severe, to dogs with spinal cord disease in the first part of the neck and cerebellar disease in humans. The study compared Cavaliers to Border Terriers.

The Cavalier has an increased variation of the gait parameters stride length, paw distance on the same side and distance between the front paws when walking. The increased variation of walking gait demonstrates a need for wider based support to increase stability, similar to young children and foals and humans with cerebellar ataxia and spinal cord diseases in the neck. Our results add to the body of evidence showing that by breeding for paedomorphic features, dogs have a puppy-like gait in addition to inadvertent alterations of behaviour, skull and brain morphology.

As humans, we have a preference for infantile (baby-like) features and this unconsciously biases our selection of companion animals as pets. The Cavalier shows paedomorphic (baby-like) behaviour and infantile facial features with large eyes, and a large flattened forehead. Selecting for paedomorphic traits changes the morphology of the skull and has selected for an oversized cerebellum in the cavalier. The cerebellum coordinates balance and locomotion from sensory inputs via the spinal cord and brain.

Professor Holger Volk, Head of Department, Clinical Science and Services and specialist in Neurology and Neurosurgery said: “We know the cavalier King Charles spaniel can be affected by pain associated with syringomyelia and this study highlights that coordination of gait appears to be affected as well.”

Co-author of the study and Neurology Resident at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Dr Emil Olsen, added: “A breeding selection for paedomorphic features and these inherent abnormalities of the cerebellum we already know the cavalier King Charles spaniel has, and formation of syrinxes, not only causes pain but also appear to affect how they walk. This could be a simple monitoring tool for long-term health and assist breeding of sound dogs.”

As well as Syringomyelia, Cavaliers suffer in high numbers from an inherited heart condition called Mitral Valve Disease (MVD). Over 30,000 people have signed an online petition asking the Kennel Club to only register puppies from Cavaliers screened for these conditions. To view and sign the petition, visit the following website: https://www.change.org/p/the-kennel-club-stop-registerin-g-cavalier-king-charles-spaniel-puppies-unless-their-parents-are-mri-scanned-and-heart-tested

The research paper is published in BMC Veterinary Research DOI: 10.1186/s12917-017-1077-5

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Essential Considerations When Adopting A Rescue Pet

It’s almost impossible to have an interest in animal rights and not realise that adoption is better than buying a new pet. This is a reality that stands up to scrutiny, also. These are thousands upon thousands of unwanted pets currently in shelters and rescues up and down the country. Often, these animals will have done absolutely nothing wrong – just victims of circumstance from their owners.

If you have a home to offer a new pet, then it just makes sense to consider whether you can offer a forever home to an animal desperately in need of it. According to the RSPCA’s Facts and Figures, around 50,000 animals are rehomed every year in the UK.

If you have made the decision to adopt rather than shop, then you can give yourself a pat on the back. For the most part, adoptions are almost always successful – but they don’t just happen in the blink of an eye. For an adoption to really work out, there’s a few extra steps and things you need to be aware of.

Rescue Animals Are Often Timid

To an extent, can you blame them? Their lives have been turned upside down, so it might take them a few months to settle into their new surroundings and feel at home. It’s important to remember that you should be especially careful with rescue animals. They’ve been through something rough, so try and be understanding if they’re not immediately full of beans and clinging to your ankles. They’ll get there – it might just take them a little bit longer!

If your new pet is timid, then it’s important to just let them be exactly that. Ensure they have somewhere they feel safe to use as a bolthole, and never remove them from it unless you have extremely good reason to do so. They’ll grow in confidence in good time.

Rescue Animals Can Take Awhile To Adjust

There are a few maintenance tasks we have to do for our pets. Worming is important; as is bathing them if they get messy. Perhaps the most important is flea treatment. As the article on Spot on Flea and Tick Treatments for Cats and Dogs from Farm and Pet News makes clear, getting ahead of the life cycle of fleas is essential for keeping your new furry friend comfortable. It’s a monthly task that you and your adopted pet are going to have to adjust to – and that might take awhile.

If your new friend has been in a shelter for a long time, they might have forgotten behaviours that would be typical for most household pets. They might not take too kindly to having a flea treatment or their claws clipped; even though these are common and unavoidable tasks. You can’t skip them even if they’re a source of discomfort for both you and your pet, so be ready for it to take awhile for them to get back into the swing of domesticity.

Rescue Animals Can Be Prone To Running Away

It is often suggested that when you move into a new house, it takes cats and dogs a few weeks to get used to their new home. This period should be even more extended for rescue animals, especially when they first come to live with you. Give it a couple of months of nothing but supervised outside visits, until you are 100% confident they see your home as their new territory.

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Young Millennials ‘Most Likely’ to Commemorate Pets’ Lives

Young adults aged 18 to 24 are the most likely by far to remember a beloved deceased pet by holding a ‘memorial event’, according to a national survey of over 2,000 adults.

Six in 10 (59%) young adults aged 18-24 say they would hold such an event, compared to just three in ten of those aged 65+ (29%).

The survey commissioned by 3D pet sculpture specialists Arty Lobster (www.artylobster.com) in the run up to national Pet Remembrance Day on 5th July asked: ‘Thinking about any pets you currently own, when your pet(s) dies, how likely or unlikely are you to hold a memorial event – such as scattering their ashes, or reading a poem at a favourite place – for them?’

Among all respondents who currently own a pet, just over two fifths (42%) said they would be likely to hold a memorial event for them in the event of their death. Just over one in twenty (7%) were unsure, while half (50%) said they would be unlikely to do so.

Women appear slightly more likely than men to hold a memorial event for their pet (44% vs. 40%).

Those with older children (aged 16-18), or with no children at all are less likely to hold a memorial event in the event of any of their current pets passing away (39% and 41% respectively). Whereas just over half (53%) of those with younger children aged 5-10 are likely to do so.

Single pet owners are more likely than pet owners who are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting to hold a memorial event for their pet (48% vs. 40%).

People living in the Midlands are the most likely (35%) to hold such an event while 30% of pet owners in Northern Ireland say they would. This was followed by London (28%), Yorkshire (27%) and the South East and Scotland (each on 24%) while the North East ranked joint bottom with Wales at 19%. The aggregate figure for England is 28%.

The likelihood to hold a pet memorial event also varies across social grade with those in the highest social grade being more likely than others to hold such an event (AB; 46% vs. C1; 41%, C2; 40% and DE; 41%).

Lars B Andersen, CEO of Arty Lobster, who helped launch Pet Remembrance Day in 2015, said: “It’s interesting that young millennials are most likely to hold a special event to remember a pet. I can only imagine that this group is maybe less buttoned up than previous generations and more in touch with their emotions, which has probably been amplified by the boom in social media and the rise in ‘collective’ grieving…

“Pets are like family, and this national day is an important day when people will take time out, even if just a few moments, to remember deceased pets. A growing part of our customer base is served by people looking for that lasting memento of their pet.”

Best-selling author and speaker Wendy Van de Poll, MS, CEOL (Certified End of Life and Pet Loss Grief Coach and Founder of Center for Pet Loss Grief, LLC) explained: “Outwardly mourning is a way of saying good bye in a very healthy way by celebrating the life of your beloved companions.

“Paying tribute to those animals that touched your heart with a pet funeral, memorial, or remembrance will help you heal your loss all the while keeping the love of your companion close by. Pet Remembrance Day is a great reminder for you to get in touch with your feelings of loss and learn how they are going to help you throughout your life.”

Entertainer, and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Damon Scott, said: “Only last year, my darling rescue dog Sophie gained her angel wings, and so I experienced the extreme grief and sadness which the loss of a beloved pet brings. People who have never had pets, especially dogs, sometimes don’t understand that they too are precious members of our families and can negatively downplay this heart-felt grief by saying ‘oh, it’s just a pet!’ but that is so wrong.

“Pets are family and they deserve to be remembered and to have their lives celebrated like any other family member. Pet Remembrance Day provides space for people to commemorate the lives of lost pets by doing something special like giving to a charity such as The Oldies Club, or something as simple as thinking about the happiness their pet brought to their lives, and sharing a photo of the pet on social media. I will be remembering my beautiful Sophie this year.”

Animal welfare campaigner Lisa Garner lost her beloved rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Lucy in December last year. Lucy became a social media star with a 70,000 Facebook following and a leading light in the campaign against puppy farming.

Lisa’s love and devotion for Lucy speaks of the strength of the human – animal bond. She said: “Lucy was my best friend and soul mate, who depended on me for everything, to lose her was and still is indescribable.  Even now 7 months on I struggle to think or talk about her without crying, on some level it still doesn’t seem real. 

“Lucy endured so much at the beginning of her life, but had nearly 4 years of as much love and fun that I could give her.  She had the qualities that so many people strive for, she had a zest for life, didn’t let her past dictate her future and during her short time here helped many, which is a comfort to me.

Lisa added: “I guess when we love someone so much the pain we go through when we lose them is just a reflection of that love.  I hope Lucy knew what she meant to me and her friends from all around the world, if the sheer love for Lucy could have saved her when she was so poorly, she would be here today asking for her favourite thing, cake.  Lucy will forever be in many hearts and so terribly missed every single day.”

On national Pet Remembrance Day (Wednesday 5th July), a Twitter chat will take place using the hashtag #PetRemembranceDay for people to show their support and share thoughts and photos of deceased companion animals.

On Pet Remembrance Day, there are many ways in which people can remember deceased pets, including:

  • A memorial service in a place where the pet liked to walk or play.
  • A living memorial by planting a tree or flowerbed
  • A pet sculpture or portrait featuring the pet or their image printed on a coaster or other accessory
  • A scrapbook with photos and other reminders of the pet.
  • An online memorial with photos of the pet
  • A poem about the pet
  • Donating to charities like The Oldies Club or volunteering at an animal rescue centre

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Hero Dog Wins “Animals’ George Cross” for Bravery

Owner Jordan Ash celebrates with PDSA Gold Medal recipient, Diesel

A heroic Staffordshire Bull Terrier who saved his family’s lives during a terrible house fire was presented with the “Animals’ George Cross” at a special ceremony in London on Wednesday.

Diesel was abandoned tied to a tree at 9 months old, and then spent several months at the Animals in Distress Rescue Centre in Ipplepen before being rehomed by the Ash family from Dartmouth. Diesel went on to save all of the family’s lives in May last year when he alerted them to a fire sweeping through their house in the middle of the night.

Diesel has been awarded the PDSA Gold Medal, also known as the Animals’ George Cross. Instituted in 2001, it rewards acts of animal bravery and exceptional devotion to duty, and is the highest honour for outstanding animal bravery in civilian life. Diesel was awarded the prestigious medal on Wednesday by Princess Alexandra at a special ceremony in the City of London.

Diesel’s heroic act

In the early hours of the morning on Saturday 28th May, Jordan and the rest of the Ash family were all sleeping peacefully when Diesel alerted them that something was wrong. Diesel stirred from where he was sleeping at the foot of Jordan’s bed, and began burrowing and scratching at the duvet, barking and licking Jordan’s face – Diesel was on a mission to wake him.

Realising something was wrong, Jordan got up and opened the bedroom door, to see a wall of flames half way up the stairs, only six feet away from him. He pushed his Mum and Dad’s bedroom door open, and ran in to wake them up.  

Jordan’s Dad Chris climbed out of the spare bedroom window and together they helped his Mum Tina to get out onto the kitchen roof. Jordan ran back to get Diesel, who was now hiding under the bed terrified. The whole upper storey of the house was now completely filled with smoke, and the fire was advancing quickly. Jordan almost fainted when picking up Diesel but managed to get himself together, and ran out with Diesel. The fire was so close as they ran past that Diesel’s whiskers were singed in the flames.

Jordan passed Diesel out of the window to Chris, and then jumped out onto the kitchen roof, from where they were all able to climb down and wait for the Fire Brigade.

The next day the family took Diesel to the vet to be checked over, and thankfully he was pronounced completely fine.

The house was completely gutted by the fire, which had been caused by their freezer catching fire. Everything was gone including the staircase, and the whole house had to be refitted.

Jordan Ash, Diesel’s owner said I like to think it was his way of repaying us for rescuing him. Staffies have such a bad reputation but he has the most lovely, placid nature. Diesel undoubtedly saved our lives that night, without him I wouldn’t be standing here today and I will be forever grateful.”

A spokesperson for Animals in Distress said “We are all so proud of Diesel, and over the moon that he has won this award.”

Watch the PDSA video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dgMU4OD_bI

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National Pet Remembrance Day to be Held on Wednesday 5th July

The third national Pet Remembrance Day, where people across the UK will remember beloved companion animals that have died, is to be held on Wednesday 5th July.

Pet Remembrance Day provides an opportunity for people to celebrate the lives of pets and the increasing number of ways in which we can commemorate them.

Pet Remembrance Day, which is organised by 3D printing specialists Arty Lobster (www.artylobster.com) and Pets Magazine (www.petsmag.co.uk), is once again proud to support The Oldies Club (www.oldies.org.uk) – a national charity, which rehomes dogs aged seven and over in need of homes.

A Twitter chat will take place on 5th July using the hashtag #PetRemembranceDay for people to show their support and share thoughts and photos of deceased companion animals.

Best-selling author and speaker Wendy Van de Poll, MS, CEOL (Certified End of Life and Pet Loss Grief Coach and Founder of Center for Pet Loss Grief, LLC) explained: “Pet Remembrance Day is a time for outwardly expressing your deepest love for your pets that have reached the end of their lives. The feelings of pet loss grief are deep within your soul and often-times you may not give yourself permission to express your emotions of grief.

“Outwardly mourning is a way of saying good bye in a very healthy way by celebrating the life of your beloved companions. Paying tribute to those animals that touched your heart with a pet funeral, memorial, or remembrance will help you heal your loss all the while keeping the love of your companion close by.”

Wendy added: “Pet Remembrance Day is a great reminder for you to get in touch with your feelings of loss and learn how they are going to help you throughout your life. Our animal companions are extremely wise and teach us so much. Mourn your emotions and commemorate the life of your beloved companion with this holiday dedicated to loving people like you.”

Lars B Andersen, CEO of Arty Lobster, said: “A growing part of our customer base is served by people looking for that lasting memento of their pet.  

“Pet Remembrance Day is a special day when people can collectively remember departed pets and celebrate the importance they play in our lives.

“We can feel for people like actor Tom Hardy who is grieving the loss of his rescue dog Woody. Pets are like family, and this national day is an important day when people will take time out, even if just a few moments, to remember deceased pets.”

On Pet Remembrance Day, there are many ways in which people can remember deceased pets, including:

  • A memorial service in a place where the pet liked to walk or play.
  • A living memorial by planting a tree or flowerbed
  • A pet sculpture or portrait featuring the pet or their image printed on a coaster or other accessory
  • A scrapbook with photos and other reminders of the pet.
  • An online memorial with photos of the pet
  • A poem about the pet
  • Donating to charities like The Oldies Club or volunteering at an animal rescue centre

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Breed Insight: Cocker Spaniels: Why Do They Make Excellent Pets?

If you’re looking to add a new bundle of joy to your family this year, you might consider investing in your first dog. That’s an excellent idea if you already have enough children to keep you busy. Also, your little ones will benefit from having an animal around the house. It should teach them some valuable lessons about life and respect. They will learn how to live in harmony with a creature that doesn’t have the same perspectives or needs as themselves. That can only be a good thing, and so you should push ahead with the idea.

Today, we’re going to focus on Cocker Spaniels and why they’re the perfect choice for your home.

Cocker Spaniels are energetic

Firstly, it’s important to point out that Cocker Spaniels need a lot of attention from their owners. That is because they are incredibly active animals that need to get as much exercise as possible. So, if you want a dog you can walk three or four times each day, look no further. Also, you’ll have lots of fun if you take a tennis ball and find an open space. In most instances, that breed of dog won’t run away when you let them off the lead. However, you should still make sure you aren’t close to any busy roads the first time you do it. Make sure your kids also get used to walking the dog at least a couple of occasions each week. It’s a family responsibility.

Cocker Spaniels are loyal and friendly

In most instances, it’s hard to find a naturally aggressive Cocker Spaniel. Many people have misconceptions about that because they are one of the most popular types of hunting dog. However, nearly all the puppies you’ll find available for sale with have docile personalities. Still, they’re loyal and friendly if you treat them right. You should expect your new dog to follow you everywhere and whine whenever you’re trying to eat a meal. That’s just how Cocker Spaniels are I’m afraid. They do that because they think they are part of the family and should have a seat at the table. Many of them seem to think they’re human!

Cocker Spaniels are very intelligent

There is a reason armies and police use Cocker Spaniels in professional situations. That is because they are one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. You just need to make sure you stimulate their learning from a young age. As the old saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. If you want to ensure your puppy has the best start in life, you should consider paying for specialist training. Cocker Spaniels tend to produce excellent results when they are young. You could even train your dog to become the next dancing canine on Britain’s Got Talent! Who knows?

As you can see from the points made on this page, Cocker Spaniels are excellent pets for the entire family. With that in mind, you should perform some more research before contacting breeders or rescue centres in your hometown. It’s usually wise to get your animal from a charity because there are far too many homeless dogs in this country.

Whatever you decide, I hope you manage to find the perfect new addition to your little family.

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