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Rawhide – Good or Bad?


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Before a fellow dog owner mentioned to me during a walk how unhealthy rawhide treats were, I was in total ignorance. Freya’s breeder had included a puppy-sized rawhide bone in her take home pack – and she loved it! So I naturally continued to buy them as I thought the act of chewing on a

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Rawhide: Expert Opinions


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Feelings run high when it comes to giving your dog rawhide treats. I recently shared a video on one of the cockapoo Facebook groups I follow; it had originally been posted by someone who felt it important to highlight the negative manufacture of rawhide in China and it was interesting to read the feedback. Most

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It’s All in the Genes


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Cockapoos are one of the oldest of the hybrid dog breeds. Created in the US in the 50s, they were introduced into the UK around 10 years ago. The fact that pairing any two breeds results in what are effectively ‘mongrels’, means that cockapoo breeding can never be an exact science hence the myriad of

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Spaying or Neutering Your Dog


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I did a great deal of research about when (and if) you should be spaying or neutering your dog. There are so many contradicting viewpoints, the most controversial being the American trend of spaying/castrating a puppy before it reaches six months old. The stats are varied, and while they all cite a medical value in

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From The Blog, Terrible Teens

From Puppy to Teenager


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So Freya’s teenager years have begun. I did hope that all the effort I put in to her puppy training would mean that this would pass me by unnoticed. However, like most cockapoo owners, my puppy has a huge and highly demanding personality, so this was never going to happen. Apparently dogs begin their adolescence

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From The Blog, Puppy Power

Puppy’s First Season


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Now a puppy’s season was a subject I definitely knew nothing about and so I’ve been fairly explicit in this blog for any other puppy novices out there who have no idea what to expect from their female charges. However, please don’t continue if you’re squeamish because what follows is the full, illustrated account of

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From The Blog, Puppy Power

Puppy toilet training


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I was walking with Freya in Delamere Forest recently – she was doing her usual nonsense of getting crazily over excited when she saw other dogs coming towards her – when I spotted a beautiful, calm, relaxed golden cockapoo coming towards us. “How old?” I asked. The couple walking the beautiful Freddie smiled knowingly as they

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