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    January 27th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Today we have some good news for those of you who just couldn’t stop watching last year’s Budweiser commercial: the adorable Labrador puppy will be back in 2015!

    For those who haven’t seen the 2014 advert yet (I just have two questions: why not and what are you waiting for?), it features a Labrador puppy who escapes from his farm one day and makes friends with the iconic Budweiser Clydesdale who lives next door. When someone tries to adopt him – and take him away – the horse chases down the car and saves him. It ends with the clearly inseparable pair frolicking in the fields.

    Photo Credit: BudweiserUSA (Facebook)

    Budweiser have only released teasers from the new advert so far; it will, of course, air in full during the NFL Super Bowl XLIX on 1 February. It appears the adventurous pup goes missing this time, and we can only assume that his equine friend is bereft without him.

    We have no doubt that he’ll make it home, however, and we can’t wait to see the final product.

     

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    January 25th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Over 5000 dog lovers have signed an online petition asking the UK Kennel Club to stop registering Cavalier King Charles puppies unless their parents are health tested. They claim that a lack of MRI scanning and heart testing is the  reason why many Cavaliers are born to suffer from Syringomyelia – a painful malformation of the spinal cord near the brain – and Mitral Valve Disease (among other cardiac complaints).

    “Cavaliers can be the most wonderful family pets but they have two serious inherited health conditions that cause severe pain to the dog and heartbreak to many owners,” states the petition. “However little is being done by the UK Kennel Club to encourage breeders to use the testing schemes available to them.” Studies show that both diseases are less likely to occur if Cavaliers are screened before breeding, but the petition supporters believe that not enough is being done to prevent these conditions being passed on to the next generation.

    Celebrity Cavalier owners, including ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘ judge Craig Revel Horwood and his partner Damon Scott, TV presenter Lisa Riley, celebrity chef Richard Corrigan and ‘Made In Chelsea’ star Binky Felstead, are among those who have supported the petition. Jemima Harrison, director of the 2008 documentary ‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed’, has also added her endorsement, as have the RSPCA.

    They believe that unscrupulous breeders are either not health testing their breeding stock, or disregarding the results to breed for profit or show ring success. They want the Kennel Club to refuse to register puppies from unhealthy or untested parents, thus ensuring that puppy buyers know that they are getting.

    Cavalier registrations have dropped 55% since 2007, as you can see below. Optimistically, this could be taken as good thing; perhaps breeders are breeding more discriminately. On the other hand, it means a shrinking gene pool.

    Cav Reg

    “Far fewer Cavaliers are being bred, the demand for the breed has fallen dramatically,” petition creator Margaret Carter told Dog World newspaper. “Special measures are needed to enable the breed to survive.”

    Animal welfare and pedigree dog health campaigners will be watching the outcome of this petition with interest. The Kennel Club made £12.3 million from registrations (and healthcare) in 2013 and if restrictions were to be imposed on Cavalier breeders it’s logical that other breeds will follow.

    The Kennel Club have issued their response here.

    As always, we would recommend that puppy buyers do thorough research into their chosen breed and its particular health issues before purchasing.

     

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    January 6th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    You’d think that, as a dog lover, I’d have been really excited to hear that the BBC was looking to commission a show which would follow a group of puppies for the first year in their new homes. But instead, the very concept filled me with dread from the first moment it appeared. Would the puppies come from ethical breeders? Would the families be responsible pet owners, role models for those considering a new addition to the family? How would the show handle the training and socialisation concerns which are so very important?  Perhaps it’s just the residual bad taste which shows like PDE and “A Different Breed” have left on the airwaves, but I was worried more than delighted.

    Anyway, for months I have been following discussions on the ‘Exhibitor’s Voice and Choice’ Facebook page along the lines of “Just been contacted by a production company asking if I am going to have any puppies soon and if I knew of any potential owners who would be willing to participate in their filming process. I told them no. Absolutely not!”  Now, I completely understand their position – they too are still bitter about PDE and the BBC pull out of Crufts, they want to protect their reputations and, more importantly, their puppies. But, if the respectable breeders in the country were not willing to participate, where exactly were the TV people going to find their pups?

    The answer to this question is still not exactly clear. All but one of the pups are crossbreeds, so they definitely did not come from reputable pedigree kennels. Please bear in mind that I have nothing against crossbreeds per se, and acknowledge that some crossbreed breeders can be more ethical than their purebred counterparts. But, with three trendy ‘doodles’ in the mix, I do think it’s inevitable that some of these dogs came from less than ideal backgrounds. As it is, the breeders were barely featured at all, so the source of supply will have to remain a mystery.

    As to the content of the show itself, let’s have look at the puppies (and their families) one by one shall we?

    First there’s Ralph, a “Vizmaraner” (Hungarian Viszla x Weimaraner), who went to live with the Loveday family. Purchased in the hope that he and the family’s shy pre-teen son would become best pals, poor Ralph’s novelty value wore off within just four hours. His first evening, he lived up to his nickname of “Wreck It Ralph” on the messy bedroom floor, while the boy ignored him in favour of playing Minecraft on his Xbox. No love was lost between Ralph and the resident Cavalier, Ellie, either, with the incumbent dog becoming a reluctant chew toy for the rambunctious and largely ignored pup. Thankfully, a behaviourist arrived at the end of the episode to point out that a lot of Ralph’s ‘naughty’ activities were actually due to his boredom and lack of direction, and to provide some much needed advice as to how to better channel his energy. (It seemed to come as a surprise to his adoptive mother that a dog bred from two active working breeds would be, well, so darn active!)

    Then there’s Stan, a ‘Mastweiler’- a Rottweiler X Neapolitan-Mastiff, according to the show commentator, although I would hypothesise that he’s more Dogue de Bordeaux than anything else. This was a cross which made no logical sense to me until it was revealed that Stan was a rescue pup from Battersea. Ah. Despite some initial hiccups, including multiple fear reactions while on his first walk with his new owners (the Pooles) he seemed to settle in well with his new family and was walking smoothly on a leash by the end of the episode. We didn’t see much of Stan during his first few weeks: maybe he was too well behaved for the camera, or maybe Battersea advised against stressing him out with film crews in the early stages, but he appears to be the well-balanced success story in this series.

    The only purebred dog is Jess, a working Border Collie, who, I get the impression, was bred by the France family to be a companion for their 15 year old son. Unlike Ralph’s owner, Jess’ boy dotes on her, while she seems largely indifferent to him. “She’s really obedient,” he boasts “Watch, come girl!” Jess proceeds to carry on digging a hole without so much as an ear flicker in his direction. Later the boy tries to demonstrate the proper way to teach the common canine command “Sit… Jess, sit, siiit, sittt, sitsitsit, Jessy sit, sit please, SIT!”, without any success in getting her bottom to touch the ground. He doesn’t care, and talks about the wonderful pride he feels for his pup regardless.  Meanwhile, Jess enjoys the freedom of living on a farm in the Lake District and her future as a sheep herder is all but guaranteed.

    Again, we felt we didn’t see enough of Jess. The producers were clearly focussing on more naughty puppies, like Byron, a Poodle X Beagle (the show did give him a stupid trendy nickname, but I can’t bring myself to repeat it here). Another breed pairing which made no sense to me from a temperament perspective (intelligent AND stubborn, really!?), but the outcome was fluffy which was clearly the Ryder family’s first and only selection criteria. Was it just me, or did the Ryder mother seem really uncomfortable around dogs, even her own? Yes, Bryon was play biting and that can be a worry when one has small children around, but she threatened to have him put down at least twice and she clearly had a gross misunderstanding of how puppies play and interact. Byron, far from being the placid and undemanding pup she had apparently anticipated, thought the word “No” was a syllable of encouragement and the push-me-bite-you game was excellent fun. When traditional methods of deterrent didn’t work, the vet recommended a Pet Corrector – don’t even get me started!

    The next ‘doodle’ – this time a yellow labra-doodle – was Lola, who belonged to a young Ms Emsley who suffered an injury in her youth and intended to train Lola to be her assistance dog. I’m not entirely clear on the hows or whys of this statement, to be perfectly honest, but the process, to put it mildly, is not going well. Lola is quick and eager to learn but her owners are training her themselves and seem to be inadvertently teaching her all the wrong sorts of behaviour, including ‘night time equals play time’, jumping up and play biting; all of which are getting less cute as she gets less small. I think their hearts are in the right place but their effort may be misplaced.

    Which brings us to Stewie, the final doodle and the final pup. This wee Yorkie-Poo (Yorkshire Terrier x Miniature Poodle) was evidently purchased as a baby substitute (or a pre-baby test run) by Ryan and Joseph Sinclair. They have all the kit (matching collar and lead sets, fancy treats, doggie water bottle for walkies), but none of the knowledge and, like most spoilt children, Stewie very quickly went from adorable ragamuffin to out of control terrier-ist. His owner, who is apparently afraid to discipline the dog for fear of damaging his confidence, stands helplessly, murmuring “no boy” and that dreaded phrase “bless him, he only wants to play!” while other dog walkers endure Stewie’s lack of canine manners.  Hopefully their next trip to the toy store will include a stop for some dog training manuals.

    What did I like about it? Well, the commentator did try to present a balanced overview of why the pups were behaving the way they did and what their owners were doing wrong. It was great seeing Louise Glazebrook step in to address some of the issues with Ralph, and I hope that some of the common sense messages got through to the general public.

    However, I would have liked to have seen more of the pre-puppy issues addressed, eg why were these people attracted to that particular breed, how did they select the breeder and so forth. Many of the issues presented during the show (like an active breed not suiting a sedentary family, or a live puppy needing more attention that your average cuddly toy) could have been avoided if more careful initial consideration had been given. It would have been nice if the BBC could have rounded off the cute images with some more serious messages about how important the first six months of a pup’s life are and how big a commitment a puppy really is. (My Twitter feed, filling up with dog-broody comments, became slightly worrying as the show progressed.)

    It will be interesting to see how they handle tomorrow’s subject – canine adolescence – and if any of the dog’s stories end with their owners giving up on them. Tune in to BBC2 at 8pm to find out.  If you missed part one, you can catch up on iPlayer.

    We’d love to know what you thought of the show – please leave a comment below.

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    December 1st, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Insurance pioneer Bought By Many have created a new tongue and cheek report comparing
    the cost of owning a dog vs the average savings. They have proved that as well as bringing
    endless amounts of joy and happiness, dogs can also help you save over £1,200 per year.

    The average annual cost of owning a dog today stands at around £1,183 according to
    research by Bought By Many. But where does your money go?

    Dog food is by far one of the biggest spends when it comes to owning a dog and accounts for
    almost one third of the annual cost at £399.00. Then you have the cost of grooming, pet
    sitters, kennels, toys and vet fees. On average vet fees come in at £177.00 per year and can
    of course cost significantly more depending on the health of your dog.

    A dogs love is of course priceless but we understand that £1,183.00 per year may be
    breaking the bank for many, but, what if we told you that dogs can in fact help you save
    money?

    It turns out loyalty, love and wagging tails aren’t the only reason to love your dog, we’ve found
    5 unexpected ways that owning a dog can actually help you save money.

    1. Save on Gym Memberships
    The average cost of a gym membership comes in at a whopping £798.00 per year. Why
    waste money on a fitness fad when you already have your training buddy? Getting outdoors
    with your dog each day saves you a trip to the gym, all those walks add up and keep you in
    better health. Your pooch’s needs encourage you to have a healthier lifestyle.

    2. Save on Spa Treatments
    On average people spend £148.00 each year on spa treatments, this cost can be cut instantly
    when owning a dog. It’s a well known fact that dogs aren’t just a good exercise buddy but they
    are fantastic at helping you reduce your stress levels. They’re also great at facials. Why
    spend money on a facial when you have a dog that will happily lick your face?

    3. Save on Dating Websites
    Your dog is a fantastic wingman, instead of joining pricey dating websites, or paying for
    expensive cocktails hoping to meet someone at a bar, your dog can not only help you meetsomeone but your canine companion can also be a great ice breaker or conversation starter.
    Dating sites cost around £29.00 a year but walking your dog in the local park is free.

    4. Save on Alarm Systems
    Dogs are a well known deterrent for burglars, so they can save you hundreds of pounds on a
    home alarm system. It’s not just the bigger dogs that will scare away burglars, even the
    smallest Jack Russell will scare away any wrong ‘uns. Criminals do not want to deal with any
    type of dog. Let your barking buddy watch over your home and save yourself an average of
    £198.00 per year.

    5. Save on Christmas Decorations
    The Christmas holidays are an exciting but expensive time of the year. Each year we spend
    an average of £43.00 on the cost of a Christmas tree and decorations and we think it’s fair to
    say that dogs and Christmas trees do not mix. So, before you start putting the Christmas
    decorations in your trolley, remember that you could be saving £42.00 instantly.

    About Bought By Many
    We help people club together to buy insurance. We connect people with similar insurance
    needs in groups, and use the group’s collective buying power to negotiate offers on insurance
    that wouldn’t be available to individuals.

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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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