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Five great games to play with your dog

Five great games to play with your dog
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Playing regularly with your dog will keep him stimulated, teach you about his personality and strengthen the bond between you.

‘All dogs enjoy different games, so working out which kind he enjoys and the rewards he responds to is the first step,’ says Ali Taylor, Head of Canine Welfare at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. ‘Border Collies like to chase toys and bring them back, while a Springer Spaniel will enjoy interaction based on searching for a toy.

Pet pictures could make you work harder

Pet pictures could make you work harder
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We recently told you about research that found owning a pet can bring health benefits and may even help you live longer. Now a Japanese study has discovered that having a picture of your pet on your desk may boost your performance at work.

The experiment, carried out at Hiroshima University, discovered that looking at pictures of cute animals may increase concentration by up to 10 per cent, thanks to a ‘cuteness-triggered positive emotion’ associated with taking motivation from anything that makes you feel good.

Things You Wished Known Before Buying A Pet? Part 2

Things You Wished Known Before Buying A Pet? Part 2
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Earlier this year, we devoted a blog post to the things you wish you'd known before you got your pet. We had a fantastic response, so we decided to ask 10 of our favourite mummy and pet travel bloggers, too. Their responses express the joys and challenges of juggling a family and pet.

'I wish I'd known about the early morning rubbish clearances. Even though we feed our pet a healthy diet, she still cannot refuse the allure of bins.

Weight gain and upset tummies – what to do

Weight gain and upset tummies – what to do
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Eating unusual foods or too many treats can be harmful to your pet. Vet and writer Alison Logan explains what to do if your pet has gained weight or is suffering from an upset tummy.

NEW FOOD If vomiting and diarrhoea occurs when you introduce a new food, then the food may not suit your pet. Dietary changes should be avoided for small animals in particular.

For the love of Battersea

For the love of Battersea
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Millions of animal lovers have been tuning in to ITV1’s Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs to follow the fortunes of the canine residents at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Having experienced the heartbreak of losing his faithful sidekick Buster in 2009, entertainer Paul O’Grady is no stranger to the sad side of animal life. But, as he says of the programme, ‘People think it’s all doom and gloom but it’s not. Battersea is a magical place.’

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