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    November 10th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The Kennel Club bow-wowed out of Earls Court in style after hosting a successful Discover Dogs event, the last at the iconic venue after nineteen years.

    Almost 33,500 people attended Discover Dogs 2014, which celebrates dogs and helps people to choose the right pedigree dog for their lifestyle from a responsible breeder. This is just shy of last year’s record gate of 34,047. In 2015, Discover Dogs will move to its new home at ExCeL London, with next year’s show taking place on 17 and 18 October.

    Vanessa McAlpine, Events Executive at the Kennel Club, said: “We are so proud to have hosted such a successful final show at Earls Court. It was an honour to share the weekend with the WW1 centenary celebrations, which remembered those – both human and animal – who lost their lives in war, and despite the rightful popularity of events held to recognise this special time, we succeeded in almost matching our record attendance from last year.

    “Whilst we are very sad to be leaving our home of 19 years, which was also home to Crufts prior to that, we are excited to be moving to ExCeL in 2015 and look forward to the show continuing to go from strength to strength. We could not have put the show on without the help of everybody involved, including our sponsors Eukanuba and Metro Bank and the volunteers who man the breed booths, so we extend our thanks and appreciation to everybody for their support and passion for this great event.”

    Visitors at the show were able to meet more than 200 breeds of dog, shop for products at hundreds of trade stands, and get advice about choosing the right dog, dog training and buying from a responsible breeder.

    Competitions taking place at Discover Dogs included the ABC Agility semi finals for medium dogs and large novice dogs, the agility Small Mixi Pairs finals and the agility Starters Cup finals. The event also saw the Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year semi finals, the UK Junior Handler of the Year final, the Companion Dog Club finals, and the semi-finals for Scruffts, the grand final of which will be at Crufts.

    VIPs and celebrities came out in force to support the event with special appearances, including actor Dominic West, model Jodie Kidd and Fifi Geldof.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Discover Dogs is a unique event that enables visitors to meet more than 200 breeds of pedigree dog under one roof, and to find out about their many benefits, as well as making a responsible decision about which breed is right for their lifestyle.

    “We are so glad that the public continue to gain so much enjoyment from this event, which really does make a difference for dogs. We are looking forward to next year’s first event at ExCeL and remind all dog lovers to put the date in the diary for 2015.”

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    November 10th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Britain’s most popular dog-friendly places have been given the woof of approval in the Kennel Club’s Be Dog Friendly Awards 2014.

    The competition, held in association with Dog Friendly, is based solely on public vote and aims to break down barriers for man’s best friend by encouraging more businesses to adopt a dog friendly policy. Nominations have poured in from all over the country for the most welcoming dog-friendly businesses, towns, and public places.

    With over 10,000 canine-canny businesses nominated on the Be Dog Friendly Awards website, competition was fierce. Thousands of nominations flooded in from dog lovers giving their paw of approval for the places that go above and beyond for their customers and their much-loved pets.

    The winners of the nationwide competition were:

    Beach – Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk

    Café/Restaurant – Beach Café, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk

    Camping/Caravanning – Out in the Open, Porkellis, Cornwall

    Day Out – Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford, Oxfordshire

    Great Outdoors – The Lake District, Cumbria

    High Street – Austin & Co, Great Malvern, Worcestershire (greetings cards and stationery)

    Hotel/Places to stay – The Chesterfield Pet Friendly Hotel, Blackpool, Lancashire

    Large Organisation – Eurotunnel, Folkestone, Kent

    Pub – The Lacon Arms, Hemsby, Norfolk

    Town/City – Keswick, Cumbria

    Special Recognition – Metrobank, London

    Special Recognition – The Montague on the Gardens, Bloomsbury, London

    Deborah Elliott, Senior Product Manager at Eurotunnel said: “On behalf of all our dedicated pet brand team, I’m delighted to accept The Kennel Club’s 2014 ‘Be Dog Friendly’ award.

    “This year saw us up against some very strong competition in the Large Organisation category; therefore to win this award for the third year running is a massive honour for us because these awards are voted for by our pet customers and of course their dogs!”

    Craig Donaldson, Chief Executive Officer at Metro Bank said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Special Recognition Award in the Kennel Club’s ‘Be Dog Friendly Awards 2014′. ‘Dogs Rule’ at Metro Bank and we love to see our customers come in to our stores with their canine partners!”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Congratulations to every one of this year’s winners. The winners of these awards are determined by the public, who recognise that businesses are willing to go above and beyond for their customers and that dog-friendly businesses are an important part of the British marketplace. These winners are wonderful examples of the many businesses and public places that have already adopted a dog-friendly policy and are reaping the benefits of welcoming dogs.”

    With over 9 million dogs in the UK, and around one in four households owning a dog, the great British public are always on the look-out for places where their four-legged family members are also welcome, and the Be Dog Friendly Awards recognise businesses and places to visit that go that extra mile for our canine comrades.

    The winners of the Be Dog Friendly Awards were presented with their awards at the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London on Sunday 9th November.

    More information on the Kennel Club’s Be Dog Friendly campaign can be found at the Kennel Club website.

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    November 6th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has awarded a grant of £10,000 to the Safe and Sound dog rescue to ensure the charity can continue its work helping stray dogs from being euthanised.

    Safe and Sound, which saves the lives of 200 dogs each year, appealed for urgent donations to save it from closure after struggling for funding following a busy 12 months, which saw demand double. The charity had to close its doors to urgent new intakes from certain areas, and was looking for a significant amount of funding to ensure it stayed in business.

    Mike Townsend, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, said: “Safe and Sound relies entirely on donations and due to a huge increase in demand it faced shutting down in as little as six weeks if the required funding was not found in time.   There are few charities nationally which specialise in this kind of crisis support and we wanted to help in any way we could to ensure they remained open and were able to continue doing wonderful work helping dogs in immediate risk.”

    Safe and Sound is primarily a coordinating rescue, concentrating on ‘crisis management’ of UK strays, dealing with dogs at immediate risk of death or serious harm. The charity does this by securing rescue placements with established rehoming centres, then arranging the safe transportation of dogs from pounds to places of safety.

    Working in conjunction with local authorities, private boarding kennels and other rescue organisations, Safe and Sound gives ‘death row’ dogs the chance to be much loved family pets once again.

    Amanda White, from Safe and Sound is based in Hampshire and said: “With the number of stray dogs destroyed in the UK increasing, we now provide double the number of emergency kennels compared to a year ago.  In just five months our boarding costs have risen by a huge 50 per cent. We appealed to local businesses and dog lovers to donate but were astounded when we found out about the donation from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

    “To give you an idea of what the donation will help us fund; with £180 we can provide a month’s emergency boarding for a stray at imminent risk of death, allowing us time to find a more permanent rescue placement, £350 will provide a traumatised dog with accommodation at a specialist training kennels where we can begin to address any behavioural issues, £1,000 will provide a lifesaving operation for a desperately ill, abandoned dog with no one else to pay its vet bill. In short, this funding will make the difference between life and death for an awful lot of dogs who pass through our hands.  We were absolutely thrilled to hear the news.  It means a lot to know that our efforts have been recognised.”

    The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has donated more than £8 million to help improve the lives of dogs since it was established in 1987. The Trust awards grants to welfare organisations which make a difference to dogs’ lives, such as Safe and Sound, and also provides financial support to canine scientific research and support charities.

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    November 4th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The Kennel Club has confirmed the judges for its Dog Photographer of the Year competition, the biggest canine photography competition in the world, presented by Samsung.

    For nine years, the Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition has attracted competitors, professional and amateur, young and old, from around the world. Each year the competition grows in size and stature, and the strength and beauty of the images continue to improve, impressing judges year on year.

    This year’s judges will include:

    • Janice McLaren from The Photographers’ Gallery
    • Lee Beel, Professional Dog Photographer
    • Emma-Lily Pendleton, Deputy Editor of Photography Monthly and Professional Photographer Magazines
    • Rosemary Smart, Chief Executive, The Kennel Club
    • Steve Dean, Chairman, The Kennel Club
    • Yung Kook Lee, Vice President and Head of Experience Marketing Group, Samsung Electronics

    Rosemary Smart, Kennel Club Chief Executive said: “We have already received the highest number of entries ever this year, and I am excited to see what the entrants have to offer. I think it will be a fun competition to judge and I look forward to looking at all those wonderful photographs of dogs which is always such a pleasure.”

    Janice McLaren from The Photographers’ Gallery said:” As a professional working in the field of photography, and someone with a canine in the family, I’m looking forward to seeing a whole range of styles of dog portrait photography, as well as the dogs themselves.”

    Yung Kook Lee, Vice President and Head of Experience Marketing Group from Samsung Electronics said: “As a twenty two year partner of Crufts, we are happy to be the exclusive sponsor of the Dog Photographer of the Year event and be part of the judging panel as well. Our pets are a beloved partner of our lives, and it is with great dedication we help dog lovers discover and capture the life’s greatest moments of their pets with Samsung’s innovative technology. We look forward to seeing all the talents that the participants from this year have to offer. “

    Guest judges in the past have included famed photographers Tim Flach and Martin Usborne; international award winning artist and 2012 Grange Prize Winner, Jo Longhurst; Professional photographer, Andy Biggar; the award winning agency behind o2’s BE MORE DOG; and famous dog lover, Dame Jenni Murray.

    The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition is accepting submissions until 10th November. People wanting to find out more about the competition and dog photography can visit the Kennel Club Bark and Read stand (number 16) at Discover Dogs on Saturday 8th November from 12pm– 1pm to get some tips from previous winner Andy Biggar.

    This year’s competition is sponsored by Samsung who will give the overall competition winner a Samsung Galaxy NX camera plus additional camera prizes for category winners. The winner will also have VIP access to photograph the Crufts Best in Show winner in 2015. The winner of the Assistance Dogs category will receive £500 for his/her nominated dog charity. (The above mentioned prizes may be subject to change.)

    To enter and for terms and conditions visit www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk.

    Deadline to enter is 5pm (UK time) on 10th November 2014.

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    October 31st, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Jayne Bateson from Bracknell, Berkshire, and her dog, Chip, a five year old Working Sheepdog have lost more than four stone combined, thanks to improving their diet and increased exercise.

    The pair, who entered the Kennel Club’s Get Fit With Fido Challenge compete in dog agility together and have been getting fit to improve their health and fitness. Jayne has gone from a size 20 to a size 14, losing a total of three stone and four pounds and Chip lost seven kilograms, the equivalent of more than one stone.

    Jayne realised she wanted to lose weight after struggling to run alongside Chip when competing in agility. Since they’ve both improved their health and fitness, Chip has recently progressed from Grade 1 to Grade 3 in agility and is winning lots of competitions.

    Jayne commented: “Chip has always been a big dog and even as a puppy he was a little chunky, but we always attributed it to puppy fat. As he got older we changed his food and tried everything but he was still overweight. After multiple tests, the vet finally revealed it could be down to his metabolism and suggested we change his food.”

    Jayne lives with her two dogs and walks them for up to two hours a day and trains nearly every day for agility, either at her local club, Vyne Agility, or on her own. She started a calorie controlled diet and increased her exercise, walking the dogs more and training regularly. It was through Vyne Agility that she heard about the Kennel Club’s Get Fit With Fido Challenge and decided to take up the challenge.

    Jayne continued: “After hearing about Get Fit With Fido, I decided it would be great for me and Chip to enter. The challenge has highlighted the importance of keeping your dogs healthy. By combining the new food for Chip, improving my diet and increasing the amount of exercise for both of us, we’ve managed to both reach our target weight.  Chip is a totally different dog since he lost the weight, and is much happier.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Balancing the nutritional requirements of our pets with a suitable level of exercise according to their fitness is the key to success. Taking your dog out for at least two walks a day will help maintain their fitness and keep them occupied. After all it’s not just physical but also mental stimulation that they need.

    “We’re so happy to hear Jayne and Chip are doing so well and hope they keep up the good work.”

    The Kennel Club’s Get Fit With Fido campaign encourages dogs and their owners to get fit together to improve both health and fitness. All dog owners who enter Get Fit With Fido will receive a 20 per cent discount on Crufts and Discover Dogs tickets, as well as advice, tips and tools for owners.

    In addition to the education campaign, Get Fit With Fido includes a Challenge that rewards the dog and dog owner who jointly lose the most weight, and the dog owner and dog who individually lose the most weight, with the help of exercising together.  Prizes on offer for the winner of the 2014 Get Fit With Fido Challenge include a one night stay at the dog friendly 4* boutique townhouse hotel, Flemings Mayfair; a luxury dog bed from Charley Chau and Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two at the Milestone Hotel in Kensington.

    For more information on the campaign please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getfitwithfido.

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    October 29th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Petlog and the Kennel Club have praised the Government for its commitment to the compulsory microchipping of all dogs, following the regulations that were laid out yesterday in Parliament.

    The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, has campaigned for compulsory microchipping as part of the Microchipping Alliance since 2009 and alongside Petlog, the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets, welcomed the Microchipping of Dog Regulations 2014.

    Within the secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, from 6 April 2016, microchipping will be mandatory for all dogs in England as follows:

    • Every keeper of a dog which is older than 8 weeks must ensure that the dog is microchipped and registered with an approved microchipping database
    • Any changes to a keeper’s details must be updated on an approved microchip database
    • Where a dog is transferred to a new keeper – the new keeper must, unless the previous keeper had already done so, record their contact details on an approved microchip database
    • No keeper may transfer a dog to a new keeper (this includes breeders) until it has been microchipped, unless a certificate from a veterinary surgeon has been issued regarding the dog’s health

    Anyone who does not have their dog microchipped after 6 April 2016 will have 21 days to have the dog microchipped and failure to do so may result in a fine of up to £500. Under the new regulations it is also a requirement that the records must be kept up to date and failure to do so could lead to enforcement action resulting in a fine for non-compliance.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “The Kennel Club has always been dedicated to reuniting dogs with their owners through Petlog and through our campaign as part of the Microchipping Alliance to make permanent identification compulsory.

    “The microchipping regulations will go a long way towards improving dog welfare by ensuring that dog owners are more aware of their responsibilities, and that microchipping as well as keeping contact details up to date ensures speedy reunification of a missing dog with its owner. In addition, it will add traceability of where each dog has come from, and in turn should assist with improving health and welfare issues such as puppy farming.”

    Celia Walsom from Petlog commented: “We welcome the announcement of the new microchipping regulations. The regulations highlight the importance of dog owners ensuring that they register their pet’s details to an approved database – not only because this is now a legal requirement but also because it is in the interest of the welfare of their dogs to do so. With over 12,000 lost and found telephone calls received by Petlog alone in one month, it is critical that contact details are kept up to date – it is heartbreaking for all concerned when we cannot reunite lost pets with their owners.

    “The regulations include provisions for everything from ensuring the quality of the microchip being to ISO standard, training requirements of implanters and responsibilities laid down for approved databases. We are very committed to ensuring that this benefits all dog owners and most importantly improves the welfare of the millions of dogs in this country.”

    The announcement of the regulations comes on the back of Petlog becoming the first UK microchip database to be awarded ISO 27001 certification for information security management. The certification confirms that all sensitive customer and partner information is secured and managed at the highest level, and is the same standard held by such companies as Microsoft and Xerox.

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    October 29th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    As Bonfire Night approaches, people will be busy buying sparklers and fireworks but may forget about the traumatic effects the noisy evening can have on dogs and other pets.

    In the run up to Halloween and 5th November, the Kennel Club is urging dog owners across the country not to ignore their four-legged friends. Halloween costumes and the loud bangs and flashes created by fireworks can be exciting for humans but very frightening for dogs, and owners will need to plan ahead to keep their dog safe.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said:  “In the run up to Bonfire Night, try playing a sound CD with firework noises or firework sound videos on Youtube at a low level to let your dog get used to the sound in the background. On Bonfire Night itself it’s best to close the curtains and turn the television or radio up and try to behave as normally as possible to encourage your dog to do the same.

    “It’s also important that we don’t forget Halloween as this can be a very frightening time for dogs too. Make sure to walk your dog before trick-or-treaters start their rounds and keep a firm grip on the lead as many dogs are frightened by people in costumes.

    “Speaking to a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor in your area about any potential behavioural issues that may arise around this time of year is recommended, as they are experts in the field and can offer invaluable advice which will help to safeguard the health and happiness of your dog.”

    The Kennel Club has put together some steps that can be taken to minimise a dog’s levels of stress:

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    • Acclimatise your dog to noises prior to the big night. There are many noise CDs on the market which give you the opportunity to introduce your dog to a variety of potentially disturbing noises in a controlled manner.
    • Seek help from an experienced animal behaviourist. If your pet is severely noise phobic, sound CDs are likely to make the situation worse. Kennel Club Accredited Instructors are experienced in different aspects of dog training and behavior
    • Make a safe den for your dog to retreat to if he or she feels scared. Alternatively, let your dog take refuge under furniture and include an old, unwashed piece of clothing like a woolly jumper so that your dog can smell your scent and feel comfortable.
    • Distract your dog from the noise by having the TV or the radio switched on.
    • Try to act and behave as normal, as your dog will pick up on any odd behaviour. Remain calm, happy and cheerful as this will send positive signals to your dog. Reward calm behaviour with doggie treats or playing with toys of interest.
    • Check where and when displays are being held in your local area.  Also ask your neighbours to let you know if they are planning anything.
    • Consult your vet if your dog has any health problems or is taking any medication before giving remedies to help him cope with fireworks night, and always follow the manufacturers’ instructions.
    • Feed your dog a while before you expect any disturbances, as once the fireworks start your dog may be too anxious to eat.
    • Walk your dog before dusk.  It may be some time before it’s safe to venture outside again for your dog to relieve himself.
    • Make sure you shut all doors and windows in your home and don’t forget to draw the curtains. This will block out any scary flashes of light and reduce the noise level of fireworks. Don’t forget to block off cat flaps to stop dogs (and cats) escaping.
    • Shut your dog safely inside a room before opening the front door.
    • Your dog might choose to hide under the bed if he or she comes to you for comfort, make sure that you give it to him/her. Ignoring your dog would only make things worse as he or she wouldn’t understand your withdrawal from them.
    • Keep a collar and ID tag on your dog, just in case they do accidentally escape. Make sure your dog is microchipped too, as if he or she does escape without a collar on this will ensure you are reunited as quickly as possible.

    Don’t:

    • Take your dog to a firework display, even if your dog does not bark or whimper, don’t assume he or she is happy. Excessive yawning and panting can indicate that your dog is stressed.
    • Tie your dog up outside while fireworks are being let off.
    • Assume your garden is escape proof.  If your dog needs to go out keep him on a lead just in case.
    • Leave your dog on his own or in a separate room from you.
    • Try to force your dog to face his fears – he’ll just become more frightened.
    • Forget to top up the water bowl.  Anxious dogs pant more and get thirsty.
    • Change routines more than necessary, as this can be stressful for some dogs.
    • Try and tempt him out if he does retreat, as this may cause more stress.
    • Tell your dog off! This will only make your pet more distressed.
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    October 29th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    By Laura P – editor

    Is your dog stressed out by fireworks? Ours is. Around this time every year my family have to watch the poor Terrier pace, pant and panic at the noises and flashy explosions which come from the sky. We’ve tried everything we can to reduce his fear, from acting calm ourselves, to DAP diffusers and Thundershirts. We close the curtains and leave the TV on, as advised, and we try to provide ‘den’ areas where he can retreat, but nothing seems to really help.

    Our main frustration is that we can’t predict when the fireworks are going to go off. In our society where Christmas lasts from August until the Easter Eggs hit the shelves, Bonfire Night is actually Bonfire Fortnight, which runs together with Diwali and what seems like a six week period covering Halloween. Random bangs go off almost every night from mid-October until 2nd January, and our dog remains on edge for at least an hour after each of these occurrences.

    Now, personally, I’d like to see an all-out ban on firework sales to the public, with only professional displays permitted, but historically petitions calling for these have not been well embraced. Therefore I am toying with the idea of submitting a petition to call for a ban on the use of fireworks except on special occasions. At least then we’d know which nights our pets would need to be wary of, and we could relax in between.

    Below is my proposed wording:

    Private fireworks displays can cause distress to pets (and wild animals).Every year, countless animals across Britain suffer due to the human whim to celebrate in a way that they don’t understand. Vets face increases in cases where medication is required, rescue centers are inundated with runways who have escaped after being spooked, and pet owners have to endure being witness their animals’ discomfort.

    Under the present legislation, anyone can set off a firework any day of the year, between 7am and 11pm, if they wish. (On Bonfire Night these can go to midnight, and on New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year they can go as late as 1am.)

    This petition would like to see the dates which fireworks can be launched restricted, specifically so that pet owners can make provisions for their animals during these times. It is all very well and good to issue advice as to how to prepare your pets for fireworks season, but when they can go off randomly at any time this is very difficult to apply in practice

    Personally, a ban on all fireworks except professional displays would be preferable, but previous petitions have demonstrated that this is not an option which appeals to the current government. We therefore propose that you restrict their use to only the dates and times below:

    31 Dec/1 Jan – 9pm to 1am
    Chinese New Year – 9pm to 1am
    Halloween and the weekends either side – 7pm to 11pm
    Bonfire Night and the weekends either side – 7pm to 11pm
    Diwali – 9pm to 1am
    Christmas period (24 to 26 Dec) – 7pm to 11pm

    This would allow people to celebrate special occasions as they see fit, but would reduce the occasions of potential stress for our animal companions.

    I’d love to know your thoughts on this subject – every year our Twitter feed is full of people expressing exasperation at the constant fireworks, but maybe together we can actually make a difference!

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    October 26th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Insurance pioneer Bought By Many have analysed a ton of internet search data to find the UK’s most popular puppies of 2014. The surprising results show that the Cockapoo is the new favourite puppy of UK internet users, while last year’s champion, the Cocker Spaniel has dropped three places to 4th.

    Bought By Many InfographicGerman Shepherd puppies have seen a surge in popularity in 2014, rising six places to 5th, with Husky, Golden Retriever, and Boxer puppies also making gains. Meanwhile, Chihuahua, Pug and Shih Tzu puppies have all seen a decrease in popularity.

    Surprisingly Rottweiler puppies are the only new breed to enter the top 15 and have displaced Border Terrier Puppies who previously occupied the 15th Spot in 2013. Evergreen favourites like the Labrador, Jack Russell Terrier, and the Bulldog have all held their positions, along with
    Beagles and French Bulldogs.

     

     

    What’s behind the year­ on ­year movements?

    Could the decline in the Cocker Spaniel’s fortunes be Royalty­related? Perhaps the birth of Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, on 22nd July 2013 took attention away from Kate’s Cocker puppy Lupo? Could recent media coverage of the Tulisa Drug trial be a factor in the renewed interest in Rottweiler puppies? Or could is be showering Youtube sensation Lena the Rottweiler? How does demand for puppies correspond to supply?

    Interestingly, there is actually very little correlation. At the time of writing, there are 2,064 Chihuahua puppies (15th most popular) listed for sale on Pes4Homes, but only 195 Beagle puppies (7th most popular). Similarly there are significantly more pug puppies for sale (1,005) than there are Cockapoo puppies (536). This could mean the price of Cockapoo puppies and Beagle puppies is set to increase, while prices for Chihuahua and Pug puppies fall.

    At Bought By Many, we spend a lot of time pawing over statistics about dogs. This kind of data is enormously helpful to us in providing useful information to our members, and in matching the right breeds to the right insurers.

    One of the most common things we find ourselves searching for is information about how the popularity of different breeds is changing over time. The Kennel Club produces a very interesting report about new breed registrations each quarter. But that data leaves a couple of gaps. Firstly, it only covers puppies and breeders who are Kennel Club registered. Second, there is inevitably something of a lag between a puppy being registered, and the publication of the data.

    With Trending Puppies, we hope to be able to provide a leading indicator of the changing popularity of puppies, nearer to real­time.

    How is Trending Puppies compiled?

    We license a tool called Hitwise from Experian. Among other things, Hitwise enables you to research anonymised internet search data for millions of UK internet users.
    For this research, we looked at searches containing the term “puppy” in the 12 weeks to 28th June 2014, and compared them to searches for puppies in the 12 weeks to 13th July 2013. We got rid of the searches that weren’t relevant (such as those for Hush Puppies) and then summed up different variations on the same search (for example, “cockapoo puppies” and “cockapoo puppies for sale”). Finally we sorted the data set by the volume of searches to create these results.

    A note about Huskies

    One the interesting aspects of analysing internet search data is the terminology people use which does not necessarily correspond to what an expert or insider would say. Searches for “Husky” are a case in point: these occur over 100 times more than searches for actual Husky breeds (such as Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute).

    About Bought By Many

    Our goal in life is to help people who share something in common (for example, the puppy they own) get a better deal on insurance. We do that by enabling people to club together in groups; and then using collective buying power in negotiation with insurance companies.

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    October 26th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, the Kennel Club, is calling for the owners of Britain’s 9 million dogs to keep their dogs safe this Halloween by following a few simple steps.

    Halloween poses a number of health and welfare risks to dogs, from eating foods that can be toxic to man’s best friend, such as chocolate and some sweets, to being scared by trick or treaters and children in costumes.

    Taking a few simple precautions can ensure that Halloween is a happy and healthy time for dogs:

    • Keep chocolate out of reach of dogs.  Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs.  Eating chocolate can initially cause vomiting and diarrhoea, but is a stimulant and so can cause your dog to become excitable, as well as develop muscle twitching, tremors, fitting and life threatening problems with their heart.
    • Hide the sweets.  If dogs get hold of a large quantity of sweets, such as those being stored for trick or treaters, they can develop an inflammation of the pancreas due to a sizeable ingestion of sugar.  Sugar free sweets can contain ingredients such as Xylitol which can be poisonous to dogs, so it is important to keep these out of reach of your dog too.
    • Be careful of lit pumpkins.  Many people enjoy putting candles inside carved pumpkins, and dogs may inadvertently cause a fire or burn themselves if they knock it over with an overzealous nose or wagging tail.  Never leave your dog unattended with a lit candle, even when it is inside a pumpkin.
    • Beware of trick or treaters.  Take extra care to ensure your dog is kept calm and happy.  At Halloween it is not uncommon for strangers to knock at the door more frequently than usual, and in costume, so be aware that this can be stressful for the dog and ensure that he is kept in a quiet and safe place.  For advice on how to keep your dog safe in unfamiliar situations, seek advice from a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (KCAI) who is an expert in dog behaviour and training.
    • Be aware of choke hazards.  At Halloween there are often more objects around that could obstruct a dog’s airway if swallowed, such as sweet wrappers, small parts of costumes or decorations and hard sweets, which could require surgical intervention. Signs of an obstruction could include your dog going off his food, vomiting, lethargy and finding it difficult to defecate or not defecating at all.
    • Have the number of your dog’s vet to hand.  If your dog has eaten chocolate, lots of sweets or items which may obstruct its airway, contact your vet immediately for advice. They will need to know what was eaten, when and how much.  If your dog eats something he shouldn’t, do not attempt to make him sick unless your vet advises this, as this could cause further problems.
    • Consider walking your dog at a different time.  If your dog is usually walked in the early evening, consider changing the time of the walk on Halloween to make it a bit earlier or a bit later to avoid the rush of trick or treaters, who may scare your dog or cause unnecessary stress.  Also be aware that fireworks are available before Halloween and loud bangs and sudden bright lights may spook your dog.
    • Be aware of children.  Your dog is likely to come into contact with lots of children – probably more than usual – on Halloween so it is important that you are aware of your dog’s reaction to children and can prepare accordingly.  Equally it is important to be prepared for children wanting to touch your dog, which can cause extra stress, particularly if the children are in costume and excitable.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said:  “Halloween can be lots of fun for humans but can be frightening for dogs or even fatal if the proper precautions are not taken.  Actions as simple as keeping sweets and chocolate out of your pet’s reach could be lifesaving and will ensure that Halloween doesn’t turn into a nightmare for you or your dog.

    “There are lots of added stresses for dogs on Halloween, with so many people dressed up in costume and various noises that your dog may not be used to.  Dogs are a part of the family, with around nine million in the UK, and as such are likely to be very much included in Halloween celebrations, so it is important that dog owners do their best to keep their pets healthy, happy and safe and can use the Kennel Club’s advice to help ensure this.”

    Visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/dogs-at-halloween for more information on how to keep your dog safe at Halloween.  Use the hashtags #DogsAtHalloween and #AllHallowsDogs on social media to encourage others to make Halloween a treat not a trick for dogs.

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