Adorable sleeping habits of dogs revealed in infographic

Adorable sleeping habits of dogs revealed in infographic

Almost half of dogs have amused their owners by waking themselves up after breaking wind (Image: SWNS)Six in ten (59 percent) admitted they should educate themselves more on dogs and their sleeping patterns to ensure they're living a healthy life.

Explained: How the retriever got its golden coat

Explained: How the retriever got its golden coat

Rather dogs needed mutations in two areas of the ASIP gene to get different yellow coat patterns.Lighter coats would have helped dogs living during glaciation periods millions of years ago (Getty)Co-author Dr Chris Kaelin at the Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama said: ‘We were initially surprised to discover that white wolves and yellow dogs have an almost identical ASIP DNA configuration.

These common home and garden plants are actually poisonous to dogs

These common home and garden plants are actually poisonous to dogs

Daffodils Tulips Clematis Geranium Hydrangeas Bluebells Snowdrops Rhododendrons Irises Azaleas The charity advises that owners also need to watch out for substances such as insecticides and poisons used in treating common garden nuisances (used by 39% of dog owners) that can be potentially toxic to dogs.

Dog owners warned 65% of pets exposed to poisonous plants in own gardens

Dog owners warned 65% of pets exposed to poisonous plants in own gardens

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Dogs getting fat in lockdown with London pets putting on most weight

Dogs getting fat in lockdown with London pets putting on most weight

The average dog has put on half a stone during the course of the pandemic (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)The average dog has put on almost half a stone since the pandemic began with pets in London gaining the most weight, new research suggests.

Hero dog stops traffic during owner's seizure in video footage

Hero dog stops traffic during owner's seizure in video footage

A dog named Clover is being hailed by Canadian media as a hero for helping her human, Haley Moore, survive a seizure that struck her suddenly during a walk.Dryden Oatway, a driver who stopped thanks to Clover's heroics, said, "It was really impressive, the dog actually blocked my way.

Half of dog owners spend more on their pet’s birthday than their partner’s, poll says

Half of dog owners spend more on their pet’s birthday than their partner’s, poll says

The study by Forthglade found that British dog owners spent an average of £62 on their dog’s birthday this year.On average, owners spent £62 on their dog's birthday.

Top 10 most popular dogs as prices hit £4,000 during lockdown - watch out for hidden costs

Top 10 most popular dogs as prices hit £4,000 during lockdown - watch out for hidden costs

Research from Burgess Pet Care has revealed that cocker spaniels are the most popular breed of dog purchased since the first lockdown.(Image: Burgess Pet Care)Burgess Pet Care has listed the essential vet treatments dog owners must be aware of when owning a puppy including microchipping £15, neutering £110- £300, and vaccinations £143.60.

Meaty meals and play stop cats killing wildlife, study finds

Meaty meals and play stop cats killing wildlife, study finds

The scientists are not sure why the killing was reduced by feeding the cats premium food in which all the proteins came from meat, but they said cats had specific dietary needs, including particular amino acids found in meat.

You can teach an old dog new words, researchers find

You can teach an old dog new words, researchers find

Now researchers say they’ve found some dogs are indeed able to learn the names of new objects, and rapidly – and that this occurs through play.“It is similar to the situation [by] which human children learn words, but we don’t know if the mechanism [in the brain] is the same,” said Dr Claudia Fugazza of Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary , an author of the new study.

Over a third of dogs bought during the pandemic have never even been to the park

Over a third of dogs bought during the pandemic have never even been to the park

Relaxing is good, but dogs need to be around other dogs and people (Picture: Getty Images)A third admit to now realising that their lockdown dog was bought from a puppy farm and that same amount are considering putting their lockdown pups up for adoption once life returns to normal.

Dogs and owners may share resemblance in diabetes risk

Dogs and owners may share resemblance in diabetes risk

“Given the previous research on the shared risk of [being overweight] between dog owners and their animals, we believe that shared dietary habits and also physical activity levels might be involved,” said Kennedy.

How to feed your pet without destroying the planet

How to feed your pet without destroying the planet

For some people who have chosen to reduce or cut animal products from their diet altogether for environmental reasons, it’s just not ethically possible to keep a pet cat or dog.

Dog walkers ‘are 78% more likely to catch coronavirus’

Dog walkers ‘are 78% more likely to catch coronavirus’

Scientists have suggested the virus may be spread through the faeces of pets (Picture: Getty Images)Those who walk pet dogs may have an increased chance of catching coronavirus by 78%, according to a study.

Genius Dog Challenge: Dogs to compete in live virtual intelligence test

Genius Dog Challenge: Dogs to compete in live virtual intelligence test

Dogs will test their memories to the limits in a live-streamed competition on Wednesday night to determine the smartest canine.The Genius Dog Challenge includes six of the planet’s brainiest dogs, set to go head-to-head in a virtual stream test.

Dogs are humankind’s oldest companions, DNA research shows

Dogs are humankind’s oldest companions, DNA research shows

Lead author Anders Bergstrom, a post-doctoral researcher in the Ancient Genomics laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute, said: ‘The dog is the oldest domesticated animal and has a very long relationship with humans.

Interactive: see how your favourite dog breeds are related to each other

Interactive: see how your favourite dog breeds are related to each other

Photograph: Phil Crowder/Alamy This created a messy, intertwined relationship between different dog types, with the details of a breed’s origin sometimes recorded only in oral history.The German shepherd shares DNA with Italian dog breeds, including the cane paratore, according to researchers.

Majority of pet owners cancel plans to hang out with cats and dogs

Majority of pet owners cancel plans to hang out with cats and dogs

What’s more, the research confirmed that pets have a positive impact on our mental health, with a staggering 99% of dog owners and 96% of cat owners saying they think this the case for them.

Brits purchasing 'pandemic puppies' cost £400m in vet bills

Brits purchasing 'pandemic puppies' cost £400m in vet bills

Pet care brand Bob Martin has identified a tenfold spike in demand for people looking to purchase a companion animal whilst in lockdown, with the cost of not rehoming or buying from responsible breeders reaching £400 million across the country.

Pampering your pet could be increasing your energy bill by as much as £120

Pampering your pet could be increasing your energy bill by as much as £120

Research carried out has found that cat and dog owners can spend up to 10% of the average annual energy bill on their pets.