Q: Our Great Dane weighed 75kg when we adopted her a year ago. She has three 20-60-minute walks a day but can't manage more since a leg operation. She won't eat diet food so I give half the amount recommended on the packet, some tripe, two treats a day and some fruit. How can she lose weight?
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MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites are some of the main ways we communicate nowadays. We project ourselves into the virtual world for everyone to see. But what if our pets could share in this online experience? What would they have to tweet about? One in ten of UK pets have their own page on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Below are some of the most famous canines and moggies that have gained thousands of views through social networking.
From the Bond villain's cat to the Queen's corgis, Kay Raven has spent 30 years working with movie stars - the furry ones, that is! Here are her top tips for training your dog1) Give every action a nameName it and keep repeating it while the action is taking place so that the dog makes the association. For instance, when your dog is laying down praise him with, 'Down, good, down.' My puppy naturally tugs on people's trouser legs when she's playing. So I give the action a name, for instance 'ankle', so that I can train her to do it on command for films when she is older. 2) Be consistent and patientIf I am training a dog not to pull ahead of me out of the door, I will just not let it happen - even if it takes eight hours!
Dalmatians are not the best choice for first-time dog owners and are best suited to active people with a keen interest in training and behaviour. While they enjoy children's playfulness, as with any breed, they shouldn't be left alone with little ones as their unbridled exuberance may end in tears. Dalmatians are very active indoors; they will love a house with a large garden to run around in, but shouldn't be kept outside in the colder months. They'll appreciate a doggy buddy for when you leave the house, and should also get on with other pets they've grown up with.
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