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Are our pets’ personalities programmed at birth?

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Rachael Garside investigates whether nature or nurture has the greater influence on our companions’ behaviour.

Mike Mullan is used to seeing people cross the street to avoid him when he’s out walking his dogs. He’s the proud owner of two impressive Rottweilers, Lazer and Ross, but admits that he gets frustrated when people assume his pets are aggressive and unpredictable.

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Debate: Are foxes a problem for pet owners?

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Foxes are thriving in our cities, and despite their reputation for raiding bins, digging up lawns and making loud mating calls, a survey carried out by Channel 4’s Foxes Live programme showed that the vast majority of people in Britain like foxes.

We want to know what pet owners think.

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Leave your dog in safe hands while you travel

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Concern for your dog’s wellbeing when abroad can spoil a relaxing holiday or important business trip, and may prevent you from travelling altogether. So Barking Mad has come up with the answer: ‘Home From Home’ pet care.

Barking Mad understands how important peace of mind is for dog owners when they travel, especially when kennels or house-sitting are not appropriate. That’s why its unique ‘Home From Home’ service was set up 12 years ago.

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How to control your dog in the park

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Q: My dog always barks at other dogs in the park. He’s never attacked a dog, but he doesn’t sound friendly. When we walk somewhere new, he doesn’t bark, and even plays with other dogs. Why?

A: As your dog is friendly towards other dogs when he’s walked in a new area, I don’t think his behaviour is related to a fear of dogs. If you walk him in the same park frequently, it’s possible your dog may regard that park as part of his territory. He is probably

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How to conquer ‘little dog syndrome’

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Q: I have an 18-month-old Yorkshire Terrier called Butler who barks like mad when anybody comes in the house. When I take him for a walk he tries to bite people’s ankles. Can you help?

A: This sounds like a classic case of ‘little dog syndrome’, where your dog is nervous and uses aggression to keep people away. If the barking has gone on for the first 18 months of Butler’s life, then

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Stop your dog barking at strangers

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Q: My dog is normally well behaved, but when he’s left in the car while I go shopping, he barks at passers-by. Why is he doing this? A: We often use the car to take our dogs for a walk, …

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Controlling your dog’s barking

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Q: My dog loves people, but she constantly barks at the postman and delivery people. Why might she be doing this? A: This is quite a common problem with dogs. As dogs are pack animals, they have a very strong …

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How to stop your dog barking at strangers

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Q: Oscar, our German Shepherd, met lots of people as a puppy, but has started to bark at people wearing coats and hats. Why?

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This is not an uncommon behaviour, particularly with German Shepherds. It sounds as though you obtained Oscar as a puppy in the spring. Although you spent time socialising him

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Is your dog stirred by the scent of foxes?

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Q: We have foxes in our garden, and when I let my Collie out for his bedtime wee, he charges about barking. How can I stop this? A: It seems your Collie is being aroused by the scent and possibility of …

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