Dog behaviour has little to do with breed, study finds

Dog behaviour has little to do with breed, study finds

Dr Elinor Karlsson of the University of Massachusetts Umass Chan medical school, a co-author of the study, said research revealed a huge diversity of behaviours within each breed.“Even if the average is different, you’ve still got a really good chance of getting a dog that doesn’t match what people say that breed is supposed to be,” she said.

Dogs grieve when a friend dies, study finds

Dogs grieve when a friend dies, study finds

But their owners can ease the grieving process by maintaining any routines dogs are used to and staying close to their surviving pets, said Dr. Federica Pirrone, a veterinary physiologist at the University of Milan and the lead author of the study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.

Covid-19 issues behind record high in complaints to firms, survey finds

Covid-19 issues behind record high in complaints to firms, survey finds

The top 10 included Pets at Home, first direct, Saga insurance, Timpson, Skoda UK, Nissan and Greggs.

Pet sounds: dogs’ favourite Christmas songs revealed

Pet sounds: dogs’ favourite Christmas songs revealed

A survey of 1,000 dog owners by the charity Guide Dogs found Wham’s classic is the most beloved by canines, with 10% of the votes, followed by Jingle Bells (9%) and All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey (6%).Those who took part in the survey said their animals liked upbeat tracks, compared to quieter, slower or instrumental ones.

Stunning photos show most scenic UK spots for dog walks - including Hadrian's Wall

Stunning photos show most scenic UK spots for dog walks - including Hadrian's Wall

The Yorkshire Dales tops the list of most scenic dog walking spots in the UK (Image: Paul Harris/National Trust Images/SWNS)The survey, commissioned by OnePoll, also found that during the pandemic, 46 percent said dog-walking helped their physical and mental health, with 24 percent going on more strolls throughout the day.

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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Dog owners scared to walk their pets amid 170% surge in thefts

Dog owners scared to walk their pets amid 170% surge in thefts

Ms Bourne said: ‘Police forces across the country need a ‘flag’ for reports of dog theft on their systems as currently it is extremely difficult to track this crime trend and put in place an appropriate police response.

Dog owners scared to walk their pets due to rise of kidnappings in lockdown

Dog owners scared to walk their pets due to rise of kidnappings in lockdown

Dr Daniel Allen, an Animal Geographer at Keele University, who set up the Pet Theft Reform campaign with the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance in 2018, said: “The number of survey responses shows the extent to which the public are concerned about dog theft crime.

As dog thefts soar, owners and charities call for tougher penalties

As dog thefts soar, owners and charities call for tougher penalties

The survey, by the police and crime commissioner for Sussex, Katy Bourne, had nearly 125,000 responses and she said the “huge” response showed widespread fear among dog owners about pet theft and a lack of confidence that the crime is taken seriously by police.

Mane attraction: cats beat dogs at the box office – but is the data fishy?

Mane attraction: cats beat dogs at the box office – but is the data fishy?

The survey also listed the genres people enjoy when it comes to films about cats or dogs.And what an inspiring message to aspiring film-makers: if you want to be popular, you should make a cartoon about a brown cat.

Obese pets: Millions of cats and dogs in the UK now considered overweight

Obese pets: Millions of cats and dogs in the UK now considered overweight

The rise in the number of obese pet cats and dogs in the UK is forcing vets to use heavy lifting equipment to avoid injury, figures show.

Study reveals your pets influence the car you choose

Study reveals your pets influence the car you choose

The data was analysed by Harvard mathematician, Dan Fortunato, who revealed that cat and dog owners do consider the breed of their pet while finalising their automobile purchase.

Owners urged to snub fashion as high cost of flat-faced dogs revealed

Owners urged to snub fashion as high cost of flat-faced dogs revealed

Flat-faced dog breeds cost twice as much in veterinary bills and average more annual vet visits than other breeds, according to an Australian survey of five years of pet insurance claims.

Therapy dogs ‘overwhelmingly’ help children in hospital beat anxiety

Therapy dogs ‘overwhelmingly’ help children in hospital beat anxiety

These very good boys and girls have helped put children in hospital at ease (Picture: PA)Therapy dogs have helped patients at a children’s hospital so much staff are calling for them to be used in wards across the country.

I’m keeping the dog! The rise in ‘pet-nups’

I’m keeping the dog! The rise in ‘pet-nups’

Custody over pets is increasingly figuring in divorce proceedings – and one in 20 pet-owning couples now reportedly have a pet-nup detailing everything from contact time to grooming parlours. Maguire provides a template to give people an idea of what a pet-nup looks like.

Are dog people really happier than cat people?

Are dog people really happier than cat people?

The survey’s findings also revealed that dog owners are more likely to be married and own homes than cat owners – both of which are factors that typically improve life satisfaction.

Do dogs love their toys? Scientists study if pets are like children with comfort blankets

Do dogs love their toys? Scientists study if pets are like children with comfort blankets

Study will explore dogs and their attachment to toys (Image: GETTY) Scientists are investigating if dogs form an emotional bond with their favourite toys in the same way children get comfort from blankets and teddy bears.

Americans Will Spend $815 Million on Pets for Valentine's Day

Americans Will Spend $815 Million on Pets for Valentine's Day

According to an article by Laura Petrecca and Sabrina Treitz, of USA Today , one out of five pet owners will spend money on their pets this Valentine’s Day. A total of $815 million will be spent this year on Valentine’s Day gifts for furry friends; this from a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation .

Why you shouldn’t brush your dog’s teeth with human toothpaste

Why you shouldn’t brush your dog’s teeth with human toothpaste

‘While there is a potential risk to pets from the ongoing swallowing of fluoride…the inclusion of the artificial sweetener xylitol in toothpastes is a more serious concern as this is much more toxic and products containing this ingredient should not be given to dogs.’

Dogs could help you get a date and make you look more attractive, research finds

Dogs could help you get a date and make you look more attractive, research finds

They flock to Donut – “a particularly cute dog,” he says – and he often finds himself surrounded by a gaggle of young women who want to know how old she is (4), if he raised her from a puppy (yes) and if they can pet her (sure).