Dog talk

Keeping active dogs fit, balanced and healthy during lockdown

We would all like our dogs to remain healthy and injury-free – even more so when we are in lockdown and when they normally participate in dog sports. But it can become a challenge. There are three principles to consider ...

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Being active in winter keeps your dog healthy

Winter tends to force families inside the house, under a cosy blanket and next to the fireplace. With hot chocolate in the one hand and the other hand on your dog, you realise that both of you need to be ...

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Understand your dog’s coughs

We all know how it feels to get the flu virus and how irritating the constant coughing can be. The same goes for our beloved pets, and there are various reasons why animals cough. Rather consult a veterinarian to ensure ...

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Importance of routine – 6 things to do

Although your dog probably loves having you at home all day, it’s still important to keep to some form of routine during lockdown. Dogs are creatures of habit and, just as routines are important to children and adults for mental ...

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Socialising your puppy in lockdown – 5 tips

So, you’ve just brought home your new puppy and you are ready to raise him as well as you possibly can. And then, suddenly, lockdown! Unfortunately, socialisation – which is so vital for pups – can’t really happen while we’re ...

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Spring cleaning while in lockdown

By now, we all know the importance of a hygienic home and many people use the lockdown period to spring clean their homes. Here is a guide of what to keep in mind for the health of your family and ...

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The role of treats in training

When you train your dog, there is no doubt that you will need treats to reward him for his hard work. But certain questions often arise about the treats we use while training. This article will address some of those ...

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New tricks for older dogs

Have you given up on teaching your older dog new things because you believe it all has to be done during puppyhood? Animaltalk is here to bring you good news: older dogs CAN learn new tricks. Training always involves patience ...

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Playing tug-of-war

Whether you’re stuck inside because it is cold outside, or stuck inside due to lock down from the coronavirus, here is a game that you can play with your dog to bond with him and to stay active: tug-of-war. Who ...

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Frisbee time with your dog

You’ve seen the dogs in the parks and on the beach playing with a frisbee with their owners and you can too. You have to agree that playing with a frisbee is fun, but even for humans, it needs a ...

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Play ‘find the treat’ with your dog

This is the third game in our series of games to play with your dog. An alternative to playing hide-and-seek with Fido is to hide his favourite toy or a tasty treat for him to find. The game is very ...

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Play hide-and-seek with your dog

Most dogs love games and one game that you can play with your dog inside or outside, is hide-and-seek. Not only is this game fun, you also teach your dog to stay close to you when walking off the lead ...

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