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Mud larks at sled-dog World Championships!
  Mary Carter didn’t let the mud stop her from winning a fantastic Silver medal at the 2017 World Championships of the International Federation of Sleddog Sports held in Poland in November.   As seen in the photo Mary gritted her teeth and triumphed in the ‘6 dog Rig pure breed’ race despite being splattered   read more

Dog walking : Canal & River Trust
  Dog walking : Canal & River Trust When it comes to stretching all four legs, the canal is a canine’s best friend. Paula Boyden, deputy veterinary director at the Dogs Trust says: “Many dog owners enjoy taking their dogs for walks along the canals and rivers because it is generally quite quiet. Many city-dwellers   read more

Logan's run...
Less than 2 years after their partnership began Logan Williams and his young dog Ned have just won the International Young Handler Championship competition held by the International Sheep Dog Society. At Lodge Park near Cheltenham on 8th to 10th September the trials attracted huge entries plus crowds of visitors and in their classification L   read more

Dog Friendly Britain : CAR STICKERS!
     Would you like a FREE Dog Friendly Britain Car Sticker?   Business owners if you welcome dogs then we have FREE "Well Behaved Dogs - Welcome Here" window stickers which we hope will let dog owners know where they, and their dogs, are welcome.   Just email:   read more

Vets strip off to help pets of homeless!
  “Everyone enjoys a bit of nudity”…. and students of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh University have proved it by getting naked to raise funds for the All4Paws charity and posing for a beautiful high quality 2018 calendar. All4Paws offers free veterinary care to the pets of homeless and   read more

The Countryside Code
   Keep dogs under effective control...   make sure that you know the Countryside Code     read more

How to keep pets cool on hot days
  You may think that looking after your pets in hot weather comes down to common sense, but... never hurts to go back over the basics. So here's a brief guide to keeping dogs, cats and other common pets cool this summer.   Dogs Dogs aren't much good at keeping themselves cool, so you'll need to help them. Here's   read more

British Flyball Association (BFA) What is Flyball? Flyball (International Flyball Racing) is a team "knockout" relay race with 4 dogs and their handlers. A team is permitted to have 6 dogs and handlers (so they have reserve dogs.) The object of the race is for each dog to jump over 4 hurdles, trigger the Flyball box to get the   read more

Travelling with your pet? Taking your pets abroad?
If you are preparing to travel abroad with your pet the Animal Welfare Foundation has created a simple guide to help you keep your pet safe.  Their 'Taking Your Pets Abroad’ leaflet includes: A pre-travel checklist Advice on how to prevent common diseases transmitted by insects and ticks  A guide to the Pet Travel   read more

New packs and 2 new herbs from CSJ
CSJ's highly acclaimed herbal supplements range, including the ever popular Billy No Mates which repels fleas, lice and ticks naturally, now comes in handy high visibility foil-fresh packs.   CSJ have also added 2 exciting new product lines....Skinny Herbs and Thistle Work!   The herbs used in Skinny Herbs have traditionally been   read more

Dogs 'mimic movements of owners'
By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC News Dogs "automatically imitate" the body movements of their owners, according to a study. This automatic imitation is a crucial part of social learning in humans.   But Austrian researchers report that the phenomenon - where the sight of another's body movement causes the observer to   read more

DOGS FOR LIFE: a people issue
Probably more than any other issue in the natural environment, the UK’s 6 million dogs can provoke passionate feelings and intense debate by all those touched by their presence. A lack of understanding or sensitivity by even a small number of dog owners can seem like a big issue at a local level; in wider society this has traditionally led   read more

Shar-pei wrinkles explained by dog geneticists
Just how did the Shar-pei get its famous wrinkled appearance? Scientists who have analysed the genetics of 10 pedigree dog breeds believe they now have the answer. Their research identifies 155 distinct locations in the animals' genetic code that could play a role in giving breeds their distinctive appearances. In the Shar-pei, the team found   read more

Children 'more active' in homes with dogs
By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent   A study of children in 78 inner-city primary schools in England found children in homes with dogs were more active than those without.   Researchers from St George's, University of London, were carrying out a study on child heart health.   They found that children in   read more

When planning to take your dog on holiday please remember to mention to the holiday accommodation proprietor that you will be bringing them with you. If you have more than one dog, or if they are of a particularly large breed, then do remember to mention this at the time of booking. Consider what to do with your dog whilst visiting   read more

Variety of dogs' coats explained
By Victoria Gill  Science reporter, BBC News Wiry, smooth, curly or straight - the genetic reason for the array of coats of different dog breeds is surprisingly simple, say scientists.   Just three genes account for the coat types that make canine pets so diverse. A team of researchers reports in the journal Science that different   read more

Pet dogs can 'catch' human yawns
By Jennifer Carpenter Science reporter, BBC News Yawning is known to be contagious in humans but now scientists have shown that pet dogs can catch a yawn, too. The copying activity suggests that canines are capable of empathising with people, say the researchers who recorded dogs' behaviour in lab tests. Until now, only humans and their   read more

It will come as no surprise to the vast majority of dog owners that having a dog in your life is good for you. And now, it seems, that it is official!   Dog owners already know that having a dog around is just great but now research shows that “dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol” Information from   read more

HEARING DOGS for Deaf People
The idea of training hearing dogs to assist deaf people was first introduced to the UK in 1982 after Lady Beatrice Wright and vet Bruce Fogle saw a similar scheme in America. The first dog selected for training, 'Favour', a tan and white crossbred dog, was selected from a rescue centre and Hearing Dogs was launched at Crufts that year.    read more

It's true that one of the biggest hurdles to businesses welcoming dogs is the behaviour of a minority of dog owners. So, whilst we are sure that users of the Dog Friendly Britain site are already responsible owners, we are including a few friendly tips to help ensure that dog-friendly venues continue to be so and perhaps encourage other, less   read more

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