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Rally Obedience - from Pugs to Bernese Mountain Dogs
Reflecting the growing popularity of Rally Obedience there were 170 entries at the first competition run by Best Paw Forward Rally Obedience Club at Melton Mowbray on 24th April.   The competition was sponsored by CSJ, who have a long tradition of support  for dog sports – from show to Sleddog racing – and organiser Sabine   read more

Hefin Jones and Casi win first 'A Way With Dogs'
In a nail-biting final first shown on Boxing Day on Hefin Jones won the coveted A Way With Dogs trophy with his Border Collie Cassie.   Nine handlers had competed in the first three programmes of these brand new sheepdog trials developed by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, then the winning handler and dog from each programme   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

No Ake! tincture - hits pain where it hurts!
No Ake! tincture - the potent herbal tincture for dogs getting over injury or experiencing acute joint stiffness - has succeeded in relieving pain without the need for expensive medicines or resorting to steroids.     CSJ say, “It is a highly potent herb extract that is aimed at the nutritional maintenance of the dog's   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

Fish 'n' Hips chewy treats fox spitters!
CSJ’s yummy Fish’n’Hips chewy dog treats are brilliant for using to administer tablets and pills.   Dog owners are telling CSJ that they’re easy to press medication into for those crafty dogs that somehow manage to eat a normal treat it’s hidden in…… then spit out the tablet!   But   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

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

X-ray reveals rubber duck inside terrier 18 months on
A dog has had a £1,000 operation to remove a rubber duck from its gut - 18 months after the bathroom toy vanished. The owners of Spike the Patterdale terrier were astonished when they took their sick pet to the vet and discovered what had caused the problem.   Colin Smith, 52, of Thorner, near Leeds, said: "I was absolutely   read more

RSPCA give English lessons to 'Polish' dog
A dog caused confusion in an animal home when he failed to respond to basic commands - until staff realised he could only understand Polish. Staff at the RSPCA centre in Oldham, Greater Manchester, originally thought Cent the collie was deaf. However, when they looked into his history they realised he came from a Polish family and so did not   read more

Missing dog Muffy found after nine years
Just like Lassie the adventurous collie dog, a scruffy pet named Muffy will finally return home after a nine-year, 2000km (1250 mile) odyssey down the east coast of Australia. The terrier-cross (or "bitsa" as her type of cross-breed is more affectionately known) was last seen by her owners on the Gold Coast in Queensland in 2000 when   read more

New face at CSJ!
CSJ are delighted to welcome Margaret Masterman on board as their Brand Ambassador to visit and advise stockists and dog owners about their comprehensive feed, herbs and treats ranges.    Margaret is well known in trade, breeder and exhibitor circles and will be using her wealth of canine and pet industry knowledge and experience to   read more

COOL STOPS for Hot Dogs...
During the summer holiday season don’t forget about the comfort of your four-legged friend. Forestry Commission England is supporting the Kennel Club’s summer campaign – Hot Dogs Are Not Cool in Cars to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving your dog in the car during hot weather. In 2007 the Commission is targeting dog   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

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

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