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How to make your dog a star

How to make your dog a star
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Once an unwanted pet, Adora the Akita is now a star of stage and potentially screen, whose acting skills won her the Petplan-sponsored 'Dog Star in the Making' award in this year's Dogs Trust Honours.

The 10-year-old Akita has just made a successful stage debut as stray dog Sandy in a version of the musical Annie in North London. Adora's owner Robert Stuhldreer spotted an advert in a newspaper and took her to the auditions where, despite her lack of acting experience,

Keeping children safe around dogs - what you can do

Keeping children safe around dogs - what you can do
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Could you help children stay safe around dogs?

Are you harming your cats by keeping them indoors?

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This article contains: FIV Cats Protection
Q: Last year my two cats, Milly and Molly, were killed on the road I live on. I feel I am now ready to take on another cat, but realise that to keep them safe I will have to keep them indoors. Will this have an adverse effect on them?

A: I am so sorry to hear your last two cats suffered such a fate. However, I may have the perfect solution for you.

What is the best dog training reward?

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This article contains: pet diet dog training dogs

Q: I’m going to begin training my dog soon. Which foods are best to use as rewards during training?

A:  I always recommend using the lowest-value treats that your dog will work for. Using part of your dog’s daily dry-food ration is ideal and means that you can save extra special treats, such as little pieces of cheese or cooked chicken, as rewards for when he has done particularly well.

Toilet train your rabbit today

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Q: Can I train my granddaughters’ rabbit? She won’t use the plastic tray that we bought. We don’t want her to be uncomfortable in a wet hutch. 

A:  Rabbits are generally very clean pets and will naturally choose one spot in their hutch to go to the toilet. Watch your rabbit over a number of days and you’ll see which spot she’s chosen, then place the litter tray there. Fill it with a safe litter, such as recycled newspaper or citrus-based litter, just in case she decides to nibble it.

Try placing a treat or toy in the tray as an extra incentive, and then just be patient. She’ll make a few mistakes, but if you watch her and reward her for going in the tray with a treat, she’ll eventually get the message.

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