You’re home all day, with plenty of time for walks and attention, what better way to spend this time than to get a new puppy?  Puppies are bundles of love and joy during these testing times, but we all know dogs depend upon routine.

There has been a lot of discussion recently of an imminent rise in separation anxiety in our pets, particularly new dogs.  Having owners home all day to smother them with love and affection will become a normal routine for them.  As we eventually begin to transition back to our normal working and social lives, these new pups won’t understand how to be alone, more often resulting in separation anxiety.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who have “children” that are a bit hairier than others and walk on four paws.

This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick dogs in their arms saying, “It’s okay baby, Mummy’s here”. To the mums who do the walks in the rain and the mud when we are sick and exhausted but go anyway and worry about our own health and comfort after theirs.  How many of us show up at work with dog hair on our suits, unexpected scratches on their wrists and poo bags in their pockets?  Who goes to the special pet store to collect the proper nutritious treats, wholesome healthy food and safe, fun toys no matter if that takes 5 stops and many traffic lights?

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Because of the limited movement and social distancing of people during the COVID 19 lockdown, owners will have to be more inventive with their puppy socialisation, particularly if there are no children around.

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 Summer brings with it the heatwaves that we need to cope with.  When it’s especially hot outside, we change our habits to acclimatise to the weather, how about your pets?

Keep Pets Indoors - We all know it’s dangerous to have your pets in the sweltering heat of Summer.  Cars heat up quickly so plan to leave your fur-babies at home in the cooler temperatures whilst you are out.  When they go outside be sure to have them on a lead, as it is easy for dogs to become disorientated in hotter temperatures. 

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Grooming is not just about maintaining your dog’s level of cleanliness, and it is not just about keeping your dog good-looking. Grooming is about maintaining both your dog’s physical health as well as their appearance.

How much grooming a dog needs depends upon its age, breed and health. 

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