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Puppy Sleeping Habits
Learn how much puppies need to sleep and what are the best bedtime routines for puppies that can help them into healthy sleeping habits
Nurse clinics for pets
Veterinary nurses run clinics to help keep your pets in top condition, offering services such as checking your pet's weight and dental checks.
Spring tips for your cat and dog
Keep your pet safe this Spring with our collection of tips and tricks. Make sure you know how to protect your pet with our helpful guide. Find out more here.
Orthopaedics and Fracture Repair
Veterinary orthopaedics may be needed to help with any abnormality your pet develops or to repair fractures from injuries. Find out more about our services.
Dog microchipping can help retrieve lost dogs and comply with some laws. Learn more about microchipping dogs of all breeds and sizes from our experts.
Getting puppies used to the car
Unfortunately car travel for some can be really difficult, as dogs can develop phobias or even true car sickness. So how do you keep your dog happy in the car?
A puppy vaccination can help keep vulnerable pups safe and healthy. Find all the advice you need about puppy vaccinations and request an appointment online.
Introducing Puppies To Cats
Getting a puppy is a really exciting time, but not all the family may share your enthusiasm! Read our expert advice for some hints and tips.
Appropriate Exercise For Your Puppy
While young puppies can’t do the levels of exercise they can as adults, building their exercise steadily will help keep them healthy! Click here to read.
Safe play and handling puppies
Playing with your puppy can be fun, but it is important to ensure it does not get dangerous or out of hand. Find out how to properly play with your puppy here.
The puppy socialisation period
Learning about the puppy socialisation period can help them to adapt well to new situations. Find out more with pet health advice from Vets4Pets.
Adolescent Dog Training
When your puppy becomes an adolescent, it may lose some of its previous tricks and skills. Find out more about training your adolescent dog with our guide.
Dog warts which are also called canine papillomavirus are rough in texture. Find out more about the causes and how to remove dog warts.
How To Help Puppies Who Have Missed Out On Socialisation In Lockdown
If you've welcomed a new puppy into your family recently, could they have missed out on early socialisation due to lockdown? Use our guide to find out more.
House Training Your Puppy
Toilet training is one of the first things you should teach your puppy. Discover our handy tips for how to potty train your pup before they arrive home here.
Avoiding Puppy Biting
Everyone wants to be part of the fun when a new puppy is around, but puppy biting can be a problem. Find out how to avoid puppy biting with our online guide.
Crate Training Your Puppy
Crate training allows you to teach your dog valuable lessons, including toilet and sleep training. Find out more about crate training with our expert advice.
Lead Training Your Puppy
Teaching your dog how to behave on the lead will make this safe for you both, and certainly more enjoyable! Read more here.
Letting your dog off the lead when it’s safe to do so can be great fun, but not if you struggle to get them back! Learn reliable recall training tips today.
How to Prepare for a New Puppy
Preparing for a puppy with a new puppy checklist is crucial before you're bringing home your new furry little friend in order to make it feel welcome and safe.
You’re quite right - adolescent puppies can be every bit as wayward and distracted as human teenagers!
Go back to basics and practice your training in ‘safe’ environments with no distractions and lots of positive rewards for correct behaviours, and be reassured that this is likely to only be a phase that they will grow out of.
If you are not sure how best to approach this we would suggest finding a qualified dog trainer to work with or click here for more dog training advice.
Lead walking is something to practice with short sessions at home before you go out for a walk.
Start by teaching your dog to sit and stand comfortably at your side. Remember to reward them regularly, giving your dog a treat whenever they don’t pull. Slowly build up to taking some steps around the room or garden, being sure to stand still every time pulling occurs.
Read our top lead training tips here
They could be barking because they’re friendly and excited, or it may be that they are anxious and aroused.
In either case, it’s really important that you don’t try to punish or dissuade the behaviour since this could create a problem or make it worse.
If you are concerned please talk to your vet for more advice.
Just like wolves, dogs howl when they are trying to communicate at a distance with their pack members.
This suggests that your dog may be feeling distressed when you leave them, and we would suggest talking to your vet for more advice.
Read about separation anxiety in dogs here
Puppies will quickly learn to settle and sleep through the night as they get older.
For very young pups, night-time can be too long to go between toilet breaks. So you may have some broken nights sleep for the first weeks or months that your pup is with you.
Aren’t puppies delightful? This is likely to just be a ‘phase’ that they quickly move on from, but it would be worth making sure that they are up to date with their worming. If the problem persists please talk to your vet in case there are signs of a medical condition.
It sounds like he also had his kennel cough vaccination today, which is usually administered as a squirt of liquid up one nostril.
It’s perfectly safe for him to be given this at the same time as his injected vaccine, and provides important protection for when he comes into contact with other dogs or has to stay in kennels.
Kennel cough vaccination lasts for a year so it will need to be repeated alongside his booster vaccination in the future.
Spaniel ears are, by design a bit prone to collecting dirt and getting waxy and smelly.
An occasional squirt of ear cleaner is not a bad idea, but needing to do it twice a week and only in one ear seems a bit excessive - it’s probably worth getting your vet to check that there isn’t an infection or foreign body in there that’s causing a problem.
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