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  • Your Dog | 10 tricks to give your dog the X-factor | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    each hand you can lure your dog to walk around you Start with him standing at heel on your left side and with the reward and clicker in your right hand slowly lure him around to your right side As he gets to the back of you swap the reward to your other hand and when he arrives back at the heel position click and reward Practise several times and gradually build in the word Round and fade out the toy or treat Trick 4 Shake on it Teaching your dog to give a paw can form the basis of many tricks Begin with the dog in a sit and kneel down in front of him Hold a treat in your closed hand so the dog can smell it Now move your hand slightly to the side of the dog s body so he shifts his weight a little He will usually lift a paw to touch your hand and try to get the treat Click and reward for this Practise on both sides using a different command such as Touch and Tap If your dog doesn t offer a paw lift it gently and click and give him the treat He should get the idea and begin to offer a paw on his own Soon you will be able to simply show him your open hand and he will lift a paw to try and touch it Trick 5 In reverse Asking your dog to walk backwards can look impressive and you can then add on some other tricks such as sit or roll over There are several ways of teaching this but one method is to hold a treat in front of the dog s nose and then take a step towards him Click and reward as soon as he moves back Keep practising and gradually increase the number of steps building in the command Walk back Eventually you will be able to ask him to walk back and throw the reward towards him Trick 6 Pole dancing Try sticking a pole in a cone or an umbrella in a stand and teaching your dog to circle round it Begin by keeping your dog on your right and hold a toy or treat out to lure him around the pole Click just before he completes the circle and then reward Practise in both directions adding in a different command for each way such as Pole or Circle Eventually you will be able to reduce your hand movements so that they are hardly visible Ultimately you can impress your friends by asking your dog to circle around them on command Trick 7 In the doghouse A dog that will go to his mat or crate on command is a joy to be around Begin by throwing some treats on the mat or in the crate and encourage your dog to find them Give the word Mat or Crate as you do so Eventually you can say the word and

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  • Your Dog | Throw a party for your dog | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    any excess energy and sort out any differences of opinion Check out and plan the route beforehand and make sure it s suitable for all of your party guests Playtime plan your party games before the event itself bearing in mind your canine guests and what they might enjoy There are lots of games you can include Keep them short and simple and don t try to cram in too many in one afternoon Try to organise the games so everyone has a good chance of doing well at something and remember to include a prize for each winner things like toys or treats are ideal Food remember to provide food for both human and canine guests It s probably best to avoid barbecues and picnics at ground level unless all your doggy friends are very well behaved Make sure any food provided for the dogs is suitable and safe There are some yummy products available nowadays that can help to make the day even more special for your dog Access to a constant supply of clean fresh water is important for your canine guests too particularly if they are being very active Presents this is your chance to indulge your canine pal with a new collar lead or toy Why not put together a party bag for each of your doggy guests to take home with them Include a few treats chews and a toy When it comes to party games the opportunities are endless Use your imagination to think up some fun and different games Activities you might like to try include Musical sits Scatter some hula hoops on the lawn one less than the number of canine guests The participants walk around in a large circle and when the music stops rush to the nearest hoop and get their dog to sit inside it as quickly as possible The guest without a hoop is out and the number of hoops is gradually reduced with each round until there is one winner Apple bob Two owners and their dogs race over a couple of jumps to the end of the garden where there is a children s paddling pool filled with plastic balls or other floating toys The dogs must retrieve a toy from the pool and then get back to the finish as quickly as possible First across the finish line wins Egg and spoon race Owners and their dogs line up at the start and it s a straight race to the finish line However each owner must run with the dog s lead in one hand and an egg on a spoon in the other If the egg falls it s back to the start Pass the parcel Wrap some dog treats in layers of old newspaper or wrapping paper and get your human guests to pass it around until the music stops playing It s nice to make sure everyone gets a go at unwrapping a layer and winning a prize So what are

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  • Your Dog | Can I set up my own dog walking business? | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    may specify areas where dogs are excluded or must be on a lead At some stage in the autumn Public Spaces Protection Orders are due to be introduced which allow councils to make specifi c rules that apply to public places so keep a close eye on your council s website Even though the dogs won t be yours you will still be liable for what they do when they are in your charge It is therefore essential that you get appropriate commercial insurance as this should cover you for third party liability claims You will still face criminal proceedings if any of the dogs is dangerously out of control It would also be worth getting a local solicitor to compile some terms and conditions for your customers to sign so it is absolutely clear the service you are providing and the cost The collar and tag law applies just as much to a handler as it does to an owner so make sure that any dog you are walking has a collar and tag displaying the name and address of his owner All bookazines 5 99 each available from the Your Dog Shop BUY NOW More dog activities 10 places to meet other dog lovers 10 things to do on your dog walks 10 tricks to give your dog the X factor Agility jump training Can dogs compete if they have hip dysplasia Can I set up my own dog walking business Can old dogs do agility Flyball for the first time Get fit with your dog Giving rally obedience a go How can I put on my own fun dog show How to be the star of a dog show How to get started in dog agility How to set up a dog walking group Places to go

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  • Your Dog | 10 places to meet other dog lovers | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    common ground with your classmates Speak to other dog owners about which classes they d recommend in your area or your vet may have details of local classes 5 A trip to the vet is sure to bring you into contact with other pet owners 6 The dog groomers often other dog owners will be waiting with their pets or you may bump into them as you arrive to collect your dog 7 On a dog friendly holiday or dog activity holiday not only are more places welcoming dogs but there are specific holidays geared towards providing great activities for you and your dog to try Some of these provide a great platform for launching new friendships with many people returning year after year 8 Pet friendly social media sites online networks can be a great place to discuss dog problems or just share the joy of dog ownership 9 By volunteering at a local shelter or a dog charity such as Dogs Trust the charities are often desperate for people to help with fundraising or dog walking and you are sure to find friends among the other volunteers or staff Alternatively you could help local elderly or disabled people with their pets The Cinnamon Trust runs a national network of volunteers for this purpose and is a good place to start 10 By involving your pet in the Pets As Therapy PAT dog scheme where dogs visit sick and elderly people in care homes hospitals or hospices bringing cheer and affection to needy people All bookazines 5 99 each available from the Your Dog Shop BUY NOW More dog activities 10 places to meet other dog lovers 10 things to do on your dog walks 10 tricks to give your dog the X factor Agility jump training Can dogs

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  • Your Dog | Preparing for a dog show | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    comfy shoes 5 Safe and sound A travel crate is an invaluable piece of kit to take to a show as you can sit at the ring side while your dog rests in the shade feeling safe and secure until it is time for him to enter the ring or go for a walk If necessary take a parasol to angle over the crate to provide shade or invest in a refl ective sheet to put over the crate to deflect the sun s rays and keep him cool 6 Showing off Take time beforehand to teach your dog to stand nicely when asked and practise walking in a relaxed manner to show off his natural paces Doing this with a group of friends will enable you to offer each other critiques and accustom your dog to striding out happily while leaving his pals behind If you have a small dog the judge may ask you to lift him on to a table to be examined You could be asked to show off his teeth and gums so do this at home asking male and female friends to pretend to be the judge 7 What a treat Most fun dog shows allow handlers to take treats into the ring so prepare a range of tasty titbits to keep your dog interested Small pieces of cheese chopped sausage and chicken should do the trick You may find it easier to wear a treat bag around your waist or simply put a handful of treats into your pocket if that is more convenient 8 Choose your classes Fun dog shows always have a range of classes that are suitable for pedigrees cross breeds and mongrels You can usually enter on the day and classes often cost only one or two pounds per dog Visit the secretary s tent to look at the schedule and choose classes you think will most suit your dog Common classes include Most Handsome Dog Prettiest Bitch Best Puppy Best Rescue Dog Dog with the Waggiest Tail and Dog with the Prettiest Eyes Some shows feature a Best Trick class so brush up on one or two tricks and take any props you may need if you want to enter this category 9 Have fun Regardless of whether your dog wins a rosette you know you are taking the best dog home Smile relax and enjoy the experience Make sure it is a happy and pleasant event for your dog and he will benefit enormously from all the socialisation on the day When you are leaving it s a nice touch to thank the judge and organisers for giving up their time to put on the show Other useful tips Avoid crowding the dog in front Make sure your dog is always on the same side as the judge so his view is not blocked If you have a dark haired dog wearing light coloured trousers or a skirt will help to show him off Alternatively dark clothes

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  • Your Dog | What type of toys are best for dogs? | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    wedged in the throat Select one that is larger than your dog s jaw and can t be compressed down to a size that he can swallow A toy that has a rope attached to it will not only be safer but will enable you to throw it further As well as being a fun way of interacting with your dog toys can make useful training aids used as a reward for doing something or to help break undesirable patterns of behaviour To be used successfully you need to ensure that the toy you choose for your dog really does motivate him Pick out the toy you feel your dog likes best and then put it away out of his sight Allowing free access to it will reduce its level of appeal and the impact it makes when you want to use it as a reward When you feel like it get the toy out and have a short but very exciting game with it round the house or garden Stop the game while your dog s still really interested in it don t play until he s had enough but leave him wanting more Put away the toy and ignore your dog until he settles The next time you bring out the toy you should find your dog is much more interested in it All bookazines 5 99 each available from the Your Dog Shop BUY NOW More dog activities 10 places to meet other dog lovers 10 things to do on your dog walks 10 tricks to give your dog the X factor Agility jump training Can dogs compete if they have hip dysplasia Can I set up my own dog walking business Can old dogs do agility Flyball for the first time Get fit with your dog

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  • Your Dog | Can dogs compete if they have hip dysplasia? | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    severe enough to cause him pain as he ran up would be lame which would prevent him from being successful in the show ring When choosing a dog I would always recommend that prospective owners do so on the basis of his health status and that of his parents many hereditary diseases such as hip dysplasia can be screened for Ideally breeders should concentrate on using parent dogs who are healthy this isn t always necessarily the same as choosing dogs that are successful in the show ring Hip out of place A painful condition that frightens many dog owners hip dysplasia occurs when there is insufficient stability to keep the head ball of the femur within the socket of the hip joint and causes mobility issues of varying severity Hip replacements are possible and may be recommended if a dog is disabled but many dogs merely need the condition managed rather than having to undergo surgery It is commonly seen in large and giant breeds such as Labradors Mastiffs and Golden Retrievers but can also be seen in smaller breeds too Many dogs with the disease live relatively normal and healthy lives All bookazines 5 99 each available from the Your Dog Shop BUY NOW More dog activities 10 places to meet other dog lovers 10 things to do on your dog walks 10 tricks to give your dog the X factor Agility jump training Can dogs compete if they have hip dysplasia Can I set up my own dog walking business Can old dogs do agility Flyball for the first time Get fit with your dog Giving rally obedience a go How can I put on my own fun dog show How to be the star of a dog show How to get started in dog agility How

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  • Your Dog | Can old dogs do agility? | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    it by ear and be ready to stop agility if your old dogs show any signs of struggling with the obstacles Above all keep agility as a fun activity and avoid any pressure that might cause stress Top agility tips Find a local agility class that can teach you and your dog how to begin agility safely Visit the Kennel Club website to search for a KC affiliated club or the Agility Net website for agility clubs near you Keep an eye open on walks for obstacles that could help with agility training bollards to weave around a fallen tree to walk along or a branch to jump over go under You don t need lots of agility equipment to start agility at home simply grab a broom handle and a couple of flowerpots How to get started in dog agility What makes a good agility dog Caring for an older dog Tags exercise fun senior sport agility dog sports old dog obstacles agile fitness All bookazines 5 99 each available from the Your Dog Shop BUY NOW More dog activities 10 places to meet other dog lovers 10 things to do on your dog walks 10 tricks to give your dog the X factor Agility jump training Can dogs compete if they have hip dysplasia Can I set up my own dog walking business Can old dogs do agility Flyball for the first time Get fit with your dog Giving rally obedience a go How can I put on my own fun dog show How to be the star of a dog show How to get started in dog agility How to set up a dog walking group Places to go with your dog Preparing for a dog show Stay safe on dog walks Taking part in Cani cross

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