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Tag Archives: pet relationships

Celebrity Big Brother’s Judi James on pet behaviour

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There’s been no shortage of incidents in the Celebrity Big Brother house for body language expert Judi James to get stuck into this summer.

However, as well as spending her time analysing the behaviour of Gary Busey, writing books and running training courses and seminars, Judi is the owner of three cats and so the study of pet body language is naturally something that interests her.

She’s managed to find time to speak to Petplan about her love of animals and what she’s learnt about how to read her pets’ behaviour…

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New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet


As 2013 comes to an end, you may start to contemplate good intentions for the new year. But remember, resolutions are not limited to pet owners: our faithful friends can also benefit from some positive thinking. Here Julian Hall explores top tips of how to keep your pet perky in 2014.

More exercise is a great way to kick-start the year for both you and your pet.

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Bringing home baby


How do you help your pets adjust to a brand-new member of the family? Hazel Davis, dog-lover and mum of two, shares some advice from her own experiences about how to live together safely and happily.

When I became pregnant with my first child, people gently suggested that our dogs might object to an unannounced arrival – neither is especially known for calmness.

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Does your pet like to pinch?


Here at Petplan we adore our animals, but some of them steal more than just our hearts. Sophie Mackenzie reveals the reasons behind our furry friends’ thieving tendencies.

Just about anyone who’s had a puppy will know the horror of hunting for a favourite pair of shoes, only to find one of them chewed beyond recognition in the dog’s basket.

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New tricks


Our feline friends can master tricks just like dogs. In fact teaching your cat some clever tricks can improve their mental agility and wellbeing, as well as strengthening the bond between you.

Pets can learn to perform all manner of tricks, from heeding a potentially life-saving ‘wait’ command to more unusual activities such as skateboarding.

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Summer update on Bunker, the Hounds for Heroes pup

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It’s time to catch up with trainee assistance dog Bunker as he prepares to graduate. Also, find out what else has been happening at Hounds for Heroes, the charity that sponsors him – including the Endal Awards, which celebrate heroic dogs.

As you can see, Bunker is definitely growing up – although his trainers say he’s still as soft as butter and totally loveable.

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What’s the best book for pet lovers?


At Petplan, we are always keen to discover and share all things to do with pets. With this in mind, for this week’s blog we’ve collected some of our favourite cat, dog and rabbit books.

From My Family and Other Animals to Marley and Me, pets have taken a starring role in many stories over the years. Here are some of our top reads from recent times

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Great days out for pet lovers this summer


While our summer has been far from inspiring this year, what is getting the Petplan team excited is the number of fabulous events to look forward to.

Pet lovers have a slew of great shows and days out to attend over the coming months. Check out these dates for your diary – some of which let your pets come too!

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Debate: should cats be allowed out at night?

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Not so long ago, most cats were let out each evening to roam as they pleased while their owners slept peacefully. Nowadays it’s becoming less common. With around one in four cats killed on the road, should all our feline friends be locked in at night? Sophie Mackenzie examines the issue for Petplan.

If you are a cat owner, you will be familiar with the feeling of being jerked from sleep in the small hours by needle-sharp claws kneading your body.

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Breed profile: the Irish Wolfhound

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An Irish Wolf Hound in a field

From the wide range of dog, cat and rabbits we insure, we pick a Petplan ‘Breed of the Week’ to star on our Facebook page. This week, it’s the turn of the Irish Wolfhound. Here’s all you need to know about this giant of the dog world…

Standing at around a yard (about 91cm), the Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all dog breeds and roughly the height of a small pony.

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