Category Archives: Behaviour & Temperament

Canine anxiety and puppy-rearing: my November 2019 “Best of Health” article

Earlier this year I analysed some data collected by one of our Dachshund Breed Rescues. We wanted to see whether the massive increase in popularity of Miniature Smooth Dachshunds was feeding through into a rehoming and rescue problem. Unsurprisingly, the 2 are linked and this particular rescue charity has seen a 4-fold increase in rehoming …

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Top tips for fireworks night – are your dog’s microchip details up-to-date?

With Bonfire Night coming up, the Kennel Club is warning pet owners to be extra vigilant following statistics that show that 71% of owners’ details on microchipping databases are inaccurate. Around 40% of dogs are scared by fireworks so there are increased risks of dogs being frightened and running off at this time of year. …

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It’s one gene pool; we should be sharing it!

This week’s “Countryman’s Weekly” newspaper features an article by Keith Edmunds (Hazelglade Dachshunds) titled: “Working breed conservation in practice”. He starts by commenting that there are pressures on all sorts of working breeds and that many now have new “jobs”, often primarily as pets. We’ve always had a strong, albeit quite small, working Dachshund community …

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The Dangerous Dogs Act – no evidence that it is successful!

The recent Select Committee Report on dangerous dogs says: “We were concerned to hear that the Government considered the Dangerous Dogs Act to be successful on the grounds that it was impossible to tell how many attacks would have occurred without the law. This is not convincing”. Yet another example of policy-making and legislation that is not …

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New RVC study into early puppy behaviour – can you help?

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