The Ultimate Guide to Buying The Perfect Dog Run (+ Infographic)

A dog run is the perfect solution for mutts who might be mild or mischievous.

They're economical, safe and they keep your pet happy and healthy when they're not under your watchful eye.

This complete guide will take you through everything you need to know about buying a dog run.



What is a dog run?

A dog run is a fenced off space in your garden or on your property where your dog(s) can play and get some exercise. Generally, they are larger than a kennel – it's like your dog having his or her own little garden. Dog runs keep your dog safe and confined, offering a great temporary solution if you need the pooch out of the way for a bit.


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6 Benefits of a Dog Run

Here are some of the many ways a dog run could benefit you and your dog:

1. Keeping your pooch out of the way

Although you'd probably love to have your best friend by your side as often as possible. Unfortunately, there are times when he or she needs to be confined. Let's say you're having some construction or landscaping work done at your home. You can't have your dog running around amongst the rubble and hazards. It's just not safe.

2. Convenience

Sometimes convenience factors in too. If you're having a party or barbecue for instance, then you might want to keep your furry pal out of the way. Some people, and children especially, aren't comfortable being around dogs they don't know. Kids might even be a little scared, no matter how lovely you know your pet is. So popping your pooch in the dog run for the duration of the party might be a good idea.

3. They're spacious

Dog runs are sizeable. Although your dog is confined, he or she isn't locked away in a little crate. The whole point of a dog run is that your dog still has space to hop around and play to their heart's content. We'll delve into the specifics of getting the size right for your dog run later.

4. They're out in the fresh air

Another nice thing about a dog run is that your dog can be outdoors in the fresh air. As you're probably well aware, canines can't be cooped up inside a building all day, it's not in their nature. With a dog run they get to enjoy the stimuli of the outside world. During the summer months, it's especially important for your dog to be outside, feeling the cool breeze.

5. They're made to suit your dog

You can make a dog run that suits your furry friend perfectly. There's enough space in the dog run to put all manner of amenities. If you're concerned about his or her happiness then you can pop some things that they find comforting in there, such as their favourite toy or dog bed. You can even make it a fun place for them to be by adding a mini obstacle course for example.

6. Safety

It keeps your dog safe if you have to leave them in the garden unsupervised. Lots of dogs have mischievous personalities that we love. But this also means that when you're not watching them, they can get up to all sorts of hijinks like digging under your fence or eating things they find in the garden that might make them poorly. With a dog run however, you know that they're in a safe space.


Why buy a bespoke dog run?

Building your own dog run could be beneficial. You don't have to build it from scratch necessarily but buy a kit or dog run panels which you can assemble in your garden. Or have the experts install a bespoke design for you. The great thing about doing it this way is that you create a tailor-made dog run according to your dog's needs and the size and shape of your garden.

There are some things you need to take into consideration when installing a dog run, like the size and strength of your dog. A ready-made dog run might not be up to scratch for your pet. Plus, if your garden is longer than it is wide, then perhaps a pre-made, square-shaped dog run won't suit your garden.

This could be the more economical option, too. Let's face it, we would all rather save money if we could.


What to Consider When Buying a Dog Run

Here are the key elements to consider:

Size

The first important element to consider when building a dog run is the size of your dog. You don't want your dog to be uncomfortable in a dog run that's too small, obviously.

The average dog run needs to be 3 feet by 10 feet, and 6 feet high.

Those are the minimum requirements. If you want your dog run to be bigger, go all out. And if your dog weighs more than 100 lbs, they're perhaps a golden retriever or Alsatian for example, you'll need to increase the width of the dog run by 1 foot.

Climate

Ultimately you want Fido to be happy, healthy and safe, making climate an important factor you need to consider when designing a dog run. It absolutely needs a roof, to protect your dog from cold, rainy weather and shade them from the sun. You might also want to put a dog house inside of the run as well, in case your dog wants to get warm and cosy inside.

Your dog's needs

You need to take your dog's specific needs into account. Some breeds need more exercise than others for instance, so you may want to give a dog that needs to run around more space to do so. Another vital need for any dog is socialisation. A dog run isn't a permanent home for your dog. They need to be taken out, exercised and introduced to other dogs and people as well.

Location

When considering the location of your dog run, you have to choose an area of your garden or property that you don't use often. In other words, you don't want to choose an area where you like to sunbathe or where the kids like to play etc. because you'll be giving that area to your dog. At the same time, you can't choose a location that's tucked away or too far out because you want to be able to check on your dog easily.

Flooring

You should also consider the type of floor you want your dog run to have. Perhaps, you don't want it to be lawn because your pooch might dig it up. Essentially, you want a surface that is easy to clean, won't absorb the summer's heat, is cost-effective and kind on your dog's paws.


What Materials to Use

The materials you use to create the perfect dog run need to be strong, durable and secure. That's why we recommend using bars or mesh panels made from galvanised steel. They can be bolted together to make a dog run that's your ideal shape or size and topped with a roof sheet to protect your pooch from the elements.

What's really cool is that you can add a number of accessories to your dog run. You might want to try some bowls that clip on to the bars of your dog run or a feeder that you can pop inside. You can add a raised sleeping area and perhaps a kennel heater if you're concerned that your dog will get chilly.


How to Get Your Dog to Love Their Dog Run

It's not always easy to train your dog to get used to their dog run, but these tips sure will help...

1. Make it cosy

As we mentioned, you might want to put a comfy dog house inside the dog run where your pal can relax. Or have a relaxation area with his or her comforts such as a bed or pillows, maybe on an elevated level.

2. Make it fun

On the other side of the dog run, you can create a fun zone where he or she can play. That means putting in toys, ledges, ramps, a tunnel, maybe even a mini obstacle course – whatever you can think of that your pooch will enjoy.

3. Exercise before you leave

Take your dog for a walk or exercise them before you leave your home or put them in their dog run. This way they won't be so restless and anxious when they have to be confined to the space. They will settle more quickly.

4. Give them a treat

This acts as positive reinforcement for your dog. Walk into the dog run with them and give them a treat and lots of praise for settling in. Or you can place some treats around different areas of the dog run to encourage them to go inside. The more often you do this, the happier your dog will be to go inside their dog run.

5. Use a verbal cue

As your dog gets used to his or her run, you will be able to get them to go inside willingly by using a verbal cue and hand signals. Using the same verbal cue such as “kennel” while standing next to the dog run will train them to respond to your instructions. Reward them with a treat when they respond successfully. Gradually, you can train them to go into their dog run from further and further away.

6. Help your dog get used to it

To reduce stress, help your dog to get used to their dog run over time. Go in with him or her and spend some time in there together, so that they don't always associate the dog run with you leaving them alone.


Dog Run Safety

As we've mentioned, dog runs help keep your dogs safe. But there are a couple of safety tips to keep in mind:

Weather

Make sure your dog doesn't get too cold when you leave him or her outside. According to the experts, some dogs will be able to handle cold weather better than humans, thick-coated breeds for example. Smaller dogs and short-haired breeds will not be able to handle colder conditions as well as other dogs. So use your common sense when it starts getting nippy outside!

You've got to make sure your furry friend doesn't get too hot either. They need some shade, water and consider getting some doggy sunblock for areas with tender skin like their ears, tails and noses.

Anxiety

Like humans, dogs get anxious too. Make sure your dog doesn't have separation anxiety. If they do, they will exhibit behaviours such as excessive whining and barking, destructive chewing, scratching and trying to escape. If you think your dog may have separation anxiety then you need to take them to a vet as they may hurt themselves.

Make sure that you check up on your dog regularly while they're in the dog run. Don't leave them in there too long or they may get lonely and bored, causing them to become distressed.


Bonus: Dog Run Games

It's a good idea to play games with your pooch in the dog run. This will help them to get used to the space. Dogs also need to play and have lots of human contact. So, these games could be fun...

  • Find the Treat
  • Order your dog to stay. Hide a treat or multiple treats in different places around the dog run. When you're ready, let him go and hunt down the treats. You could also play this game by hiding his or her favourite toy.

  • Bubbles
  • Dogs love chasing bubbles as much as kids do! But you have to make sure you get non-toxic, pet-safe bubbles to play with. They're easy to find on sites like Amazon.

  • Clean Up
  • Scatter toys around the dog run and place a basket in the centre. Train your dog to pick up toys, bring them over and drop them in the basket to get a treat.

  • Which Hand?
  • Place a treat in one hand, close your fists and hold them out in front of your dog. When they touch the correct hand they get a treat. It might take a few tries for them to get it right, but it's a lot of fun!

  • Follow the Leader
  • If you've set up some ramps and/or platforms in your dog run already, it will be easy to get your dog to follow you through the course or you can direct them with hand cues. Alternatively, pillows and rolled up blankets make for great soft hurdles.

Where to Buy a Dog Run

There are lots of great reasons to buy a dog run. Now that you have learned all there is to know about dog runs hopefully you can see the many benefits and know how to make the most of them. Ready to put together your bespoke dog run? Take a look at Kennelstore's range of dog run panels to get started.

A dog run is the perfect solution for mutts who might be mild or mischievous.

They’re economical, safe and they keep your pet happy and healthy when they’re not under your watchful eye.

This complete guide will take you through everything you need to know about buying a dog run.

The Ultimate Guide to Taking Dogs on Holiday

The summer holidays are in full swing and will see a lot of families heading off to take a break – you included, we suspect. Whether you are going abroad or sticking to the English countryside or beaches, you want to enjoy yourselves to the maximum, but how does a holiday fit in when you have a dog?

Around 40% of households in the UK have pets and often, a family holiday wouldn’t be considered a family holiday without the dog – but sometimes it’s not that easy. There are a few things you have to consider when taking dogs on holiday, especially if you’re taking a dog abroad.

Luckily for you, we’ve got everything you need to know about planning a holiday with your dog right here. It will answer all your questions about dog-friendly holidays, from where in the world you can take your pet to what to do when you’re there.

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Where to go with dogs on holiday

First things first, you’ll want to decide where to go. But that decision can’t be purely based on where you want to go, it’s where you can travel to with a dog.

Where can dogs travel to?

When it comes to taking your dog abroad with you, you should know that some countries have particular rules and regulations in place. It’s important that you check these with an official site before booking or travelling.

Below we list the countries that you can go to with your pet, inside and outside the European Union:

The Countries In Europe You Can Take Your Pet

  • Austria
  • The Azores
  • The Balearic Islands
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • The Canary Islands
  • Ceuta
  • Cyprus
  • The Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • The Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Melilla
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden




The countries outside the European Union you can take your pet

 

 

  • Andorra
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Ascension Island
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Bermuda
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • The Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • The Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montserrat
  • Netherlands
  • Antilles
  • Singapore
  • St Lucia
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Russian Federation
  • St Helena
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Vincent & The Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Arab Emirates
  • USA
  • Vanuatu the Vatican
  • Wallis & Futuna

 

As previously mentioned, these countries will have strict rules and regulations for families visiting with pets, which we will cover in more detail later on. If these overseas regulations are not met, your pet could end up in quarantine – so follow the rules!

Dog-friendly accommodation

Where you’re going with your dog on holiday is one thing, but where you’re staying is another. It’s worthwhile investigating your options for dog-friendly accommodation before making a final decision where you’re going. The last thing you want to be is limited when it comes to booking a nice place to stay with your family and your dog.

When investigating accommodation abroad and their dog policies, make sure you check more than just their website and reviews. It’s a good idea to ring ahead to check about their policies and to check if they have any restrictions that might affect you – on the size or number of dogs you can have, perhaps.

Your local area

Don’t forget to think about things you can do on holiday with your dog – and the things you can’t. Holidays tend to be full of activities and restaurant outings, but are these places dog-friendly? For example, not all beaches allow dogs. It’s important that the place you stay in caters for your needs, and your dog’s needs.

You can find out more about the local area when you call your hotel or accommodation owner. They might be able to recommend you dog-friendly places or nearby dog kennels for when your pooch can’t come along.

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How to travel with your dog

Your next step is to think about how you’re going to travel to your destination with your dog. There are several options you can take for dog travel:

When it comes to travelling with your pets, it’s good to assess all of your options. You will come across different policies on travelling abroad with dogs with different travel companies so you’ll need to take these into account. On top of this, you’ll want to consider factors such as time, cost, and most importantly, your pet’s comfort and safety.

Travelling can be traumatic for animals so comfort is key. For the ultimate comfort and safety, pet owners should invest in a quality, portable dog crate or dog carrier to suit your method of travel.

If you are worried about transporting or travelling with your dog, whether you are with them or not, you can get in touch with pet travel agencies who will be able to offer you their professional services, as well as advice on dog travel.

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What to do before your dog holiday

There are a few things you need to tick off the to-do list before going abroad with your dog, otherwise, you might not be getting the holiday you’ve planned.

Prepare the essentials

We’ve got our own essentials for going abroad, don’t we? Passports, buy clomid online australia money, foreign currency, travel insurance documents, tickets or booking confirmations, and so on. Well, pets have holiday essentials too – especially if your dog is going abroad.

If you are taking your dog abroad, your pet packing checklist should include:

  • A pet passport
  • Pet travel insurance documents
  • Travel documents, tickets and confirmations
  • Any other necessities for check-in procedures (stated in travel company’s policies)

Yes, that’s right – a pet passport. Pet passports are essential for any dog travel so make sure you have one, or get one before you go. They provide important details including verification that your dog is rabies-free and that your dog is up-to-date with all necessary vaccinations for travel, including tapeworm. Leading us to our next point…

Vet trips

Vet: a word that might make your dog quiver, (even though he doesn’t seem to understand when you say to ‘Sit’ or ‘Stay’).

Planning in a trip to the vets before your holiday away is essential, not only if you’re going to a different country where they have specific regulations about pet travel, but also for benefit of enjoying your holiday free of worry.

Your pre-holiday vet trip should include:

  • A general health check-up
  • Tapeworm treatment
  • Any other necessary boosters or vaccinations, eg. rabies jab
  • Microchipping – if not already received

Your pet’s health and safety are of the utmost importance. A full vet trip will provide you with the requirements needed for you to travel with your dog including an officially signed document from a veterinary doctor or nurse, and the reassurance that your pet is fit and healthy. Fit it in as early as possible in preparation for your holiday.

Dog obedience for holiday

This is just another little thing that will give you peace of mind when you’re away. Training up your dog or refreshing their memories with basic commands will leave you feeling less anxious for your holiday with your pet.

It’s likely that you’ll be in an unfamiliar place for you and your dog, and some extra training will help to reassure you. It will help you to feel more in control of your pet, and relieve you the anxiety of your dog running off, for example.

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How to plan for pet emergencies

Not to sound pessimistic, but you should plan for all emergencies when bringing your pet on holiday. It’s better to be prepared after all! We’ve already mentioned about pet travel and pet health insurance, but what else can you do to prepare for any unfortunate circumstances?

Know where the nearest vet is

Knowing about what there is to do and to see in your local area generally is one thing, but do ensure you know where your nearest vet is in case an emergency arises. Knowing where you have to go will cut down on time, which can be precious in certain situations.

Be aware of warning signs in dogs

Get clued up on health warning signs in dogs before going away – knowledge about pet health care is so important, especially when you’re in unfamiliar circumstances. For example, with the warmer climates abroad, overheating in dogs is common. Would you be able to recognise the warning signs?

Heatstroke or overheating is one of a few risks for dogs in hot weather or hot countries, and can become very serious if it’s not dealt with quickly and efficiently. Some signs of heatstroke in dogs include heavy panting or breathing, vomiting and general weakness. If you know what to look out for, it could make a real difference to the situation.

Have a plan

Have a basic plan for any potential pet emergency, from your dog running away on holiday to any medical or health problems. Preparation is key when it comes to dealing with these types of situations, but it will help to reduce your stress levels and enjoy your holiday more. The more time you spend worrying about what could happen, the less you will enjoy yourselves.

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What to pack for your dog

We’ve already mentioned the essential items and documents that you’ll need for going on holiday with a dog, including that all-important pet passport, but what else do you need to keep in mind?

Our top tip for packing for your dog’s holiday: keep things as familiar as possible.

What do we mean by this? Well, travelling can cause stress and anxiety in dogs – that includes the travelling aspect, as well as being in a new and unknown place. By trying to keep things as familiar as possible, it will help them to feel comfortable and settled.

Of course, location can be a bit of a difficult one, however ensuring your dog has got his trusty dog toy or dog blanket on hand is easy enough.

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Enjoy yourself!

Holidays are all about enjoying yourself and having a break from busy day-to-day life. You want to be stress-free, and in total holiday mode with your family, your friends… and your dog!

Before heading out exploring, down to your nearest beach or famous landmark, you should do a quick check of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for any dangers or hazards that could cause a less than happy holiday for you and your pooch. Again, it’s all about the preparation – if you know to steer clear of certain areas or to keep your dog on a lead near that busy road, you will save yourself a lot of worry and stress.

Now, use this guide to go enjoy yourselves on holiday – your dog included!

The Dangers for Dogs to Look Out for This Summer

The summer season is often associated with sunnier days, warmer weather, outdoor parties and long walks. Gone are the days of you having to don a raincoat or battling with an umbrella when you take your dog out for a walk… well, almost.

However, summer can bring on another set of worries for dog-owners. The warmer weather and the longer walks pose certain risks for your pup – to avoid them, you just need to know what to look out for. Continue reading

Top Tips on Travelling With Your Dog

Now it’s getting warmer, those weekends away will start to become more and more regular. Wherever you’re going, you want all the family there and having fun. Being able to take your dog along with you is an exciting prospect, but can sometimes seem like a huge task to plan and carry out.

It doesn’t have to be that way! Here at Kennel buy antibiotics online usa Store, we’ve put together some of our top tips on taking your dog on holiday to help make sure that you have the family getaway you are looking for… with the whole family involved.

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The Top 10 Dog Breeds in the UK

There are around 8.5 million pet dogs in the UK. With such a high number, they are undeniably a popular pet to have at home along with cats – but you probably knew that already. What you might not know is which are the most popular breeds of dog amongst the country’s pet owners.

With so many buy doxycycline for malaria breeds out there, the UK sees a huge selection of dogs walking its streets, but which can be seen the most? Check out our infographic to find out more about the most popular dog breeds at the moment.

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The ultimate guide to training your dog

Training your dog can seem like a daunting task when there is so much information available. How are you supposed to know what to do for the best? Or who to listen to?

We at Kennelstore therefore decided to put together an ultimate cheap medications no prescription guide to training your dog, providing an overview of some simple ways you can train your dog to improve their behaviour and make everyday life with your dog easier, both whilst at home and out and about.

 

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6 Simple Tricks to Teach Your Dog

Don’t underestimate the great benefits there are teaching your dog a few simple tricks. The time spent teaching your dog these tricks will be enjoyable for you and him (throughout this post we will refer to your dog as male). Simple commands such as down and stay are basic dog training exercises, however dog tricks are a great way to offer mental stimulation for your dog and many of them are derived from those simple commands. Plus, they’re also a bit of fun and look great!

1.Come

Difficulty: Moderate

Items required: Clicker, Treats

Basic steps:

  1. Constantly say the command ‘Come’ and treat him, whenever he is around.
  2. Give the command from across the room.
  3. Every time your dog comes, click, treat and pet his head before looping your hand under his collar.
  4. Try calling him from another room.
  5. Call him when he is doing something else.

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This is a useful and very important trick to teach your dog. If your dog is reluctant to come to you when he’s called, he isn’t really that safe off the lead. If you can trust your dog to come to you, it makes the time spent on walks (in the outside buy zithromax in uk world) more enjoyable. You aren’t worried if your dog is going to run off and potentially come to harm crossing a road etc. Out of all the tricks to teach your dog, this one will build the most trust in your relationship with him and trust is crucial.

First, walk up to him and give the command that you will use e.g.  ‘Come’ or ‘Here Dougal’, then treat him. Repeat this multiple times throughout the day and vary your treats and give plenty of praise. Once you have done this for a sufficient amount of time, walk across the room and give the command again.  When he comes to you, give him a big treat and lots of petting. If he doesn’t come to you, go back to the previous step and spend some more time on it. Now start to develop this trick. Every time he comes, click, and then pet and loop your hand under his collar before giving him a treat. Your dog needs to get used to being handled when he comes to you. He may pull away otherwise if he feels he is being cornered. Once he has got the hang of repeatedly coming to you from across the room, try calling him from a different room, or even better, when he is engaged in another activity and vary the reward each time between praise and treats.

2.Sit

Difficulty: Easy

Items required: Clicker, Treats

Basics steps:

  1. Stand with your clicker and treats in front of him
  2. Wait until he sits. When he does, click and treat
  3. Repeat this exercise several times
  4. Once he starts to get it, say ‘sit’ as soon as he sits. Click and Treat
  5. Repeat several times
  6. When he sits consistently after you command, click and give him a fab treat. Return to Step 4 if he isn’t quite getting it.

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The first part of the training session is a bit of fun for your dog. It’s a puzzle. Stand with your clicker and treats in front your dog. He has to work out what to do to get the treat. He may do other command movements, but unless he sits, stand in front and don’t react. As soon as he sits down, press your clicker and feed him a treat. Make sure your treats are tasty enough to get him motivated for more.

Your dog may start to get frustrated and agitated if he can’t figure out why he gets/doesn’t get the treat.  In this instance, be patient with him if he starts barking. Just ignore his plea and wait. With enough practice, eventually a switch in his head will flick on, ’when I sit, I get a treat’. Once he starts consistently sitting, introduce the word ‘sit’ when using your clicker. This will reinforce the command. Make sure you treat well and click whenever he sits. Once you finish, give him a good cuddle for a job well done. Clicker training is much more effective if you and your dog take regular breaks because his concentration may start to waver.

3.Back up

Difficulty: moderate (evolution of the stay command)

Items required: Clicker, Treats

Basic Steps:

  1. Once you have mastered the ‘stay’ command you are able to do this trick.
  2. Give the ‘stay’ command and take a few steps back then turn to face him.
  3. Now, give the command ‘back up’ before moving towards him.
  4. Keep going forward and lean forward slightly.
  5. As soon as the dog takes a step back, give him a treat.
  6. Most dogs will learn to back up quickly.

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Once your dog is stood in front of you (‘stay’), turn around and walk two or three paces away from him before spinning round to face him again.  Then command in a loud and clear tone ‘back up’.  Now start to walk towards your dog. Many dogs at this point will immediately start to move backward. If so, you should click and treat him. If the dog stays still during your first few steps, lean forward slightly and continue to walk forward. Your lean makes you look like you are walking over him slightly which should cause him to want to move backwards. Whenever he moves backward, say ‘good’ or click and give him a treat. This drill should only need to be repeated a few times. Your dog should start to pick up the command fairly easily. This trick can be very useful when walking through doors with your dog but also in the outside world as a means of controlling your dog in busy areas.

Some dogs may get up and walk away instead of moving backwards when you try this drill. If this is a common occurrence, relocate your dog training into your hall way, or a narrow area. The spaces’ shape allows your dog to go anywhere but backwards and should make it much easier for him to learn the trick. This is a bit of fun for your dog and can be useful in a range of situations, especially in public areas.

4.Wave

Difficulty: Moderate/difficult

Items required: Clicker, Treats

Basic Steps:

  1. This is a progression from paw shaking.
  2. Give the command ‘shake’.
  3. Move your hand up so he has to move his paw up higher to reach it.
  4. When his paw goes higher than it would be normally, click , treat and give him praise.
  5. Repeat this action several times, each time increasing the height of your hand until his paw has to go above his head.
  6. Once your dog has got the hang of raising his paw higher than usual, give the command ‘shake’ and as soon as his paw leaves the ground, give the command ‘wave’ and then repeat several times following similar steps as 2-4.
  7. After a number of repetitions, start using only the ‘wave’ command
  8. Now make it harder for your dog and only give him treats when his paw is raised above his head, or moving up and down (a wave)

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This trick is only possible once you have taught your dog how to shake his paw with you. Many dogs use their paws to get attention. Keep some treats and your clicker handy at all times. When he raises his paw in day to day life, you may be able to capture this movement using your clicker. Whenever he raises his paw, click and treat. Make sure you do this consistently every time. If he is used to clicker training, your dog will soon start to figure out what behaviour will get him a treat. Once he has established what he needs to do, start incorporating the command ‘wave’ whenever he raises his paw. Once he is consistently waving on command, only click and treat for the action that looks most like a wave. All he needs now is practice.

Try to work over this command several times a day for short periods of time to insure that he is concentrating during the training sessions.

5.Kiss

Difficulty: Easy

Items required: Clicker, Treats (spreadable e.g. peanut butter, cream cheese)

Basic steps:

  1. Put a blob of peanut butter on your cheek
  2. Give the command ‘kiss’ or something of that nature
  3. Now lean in towards your dog and he will lick the treat off your cheek
  4. If you repeat this practise over and over several times a day, it won’t be long until your dog will lick your cheek, ‘give you a kiss’, every time you give the command.

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This is a great trick for children to learn.  You can also try to capture the dog’s behaviour. Whenever the dog licks you, say ‘kiss’ and click. Then give him praise and a treat. Soon, your dog will figure out what the ‘kiss’ means and will perform the trick on demand.

If your dog has the tendency to get over excited and starts licking your whole face, tell him ‘enough’. Then wait until he has stopped licking you before telling him ‘good’ and click and treat. Repeat this several times and he will soon stop kissing you on demand too!

This practice doesn’t have to be on your face if you or your dog are not comfortable with this close contact. You can also perform this trick on your hand, for example, using the same method outlined above.

6.Release

Difficulty: Moderate

Items required: Clicker, treats

Basic steps:

  1. This is a progression from Sit, Lay Down, and Stand.
  2. Command ‘sit’ and wait for around 6 seconds.
  3. Then perform a hand motion coupled with the command ‘release’. If you act enthusiastically when doing this, your dog should move from his seated position.
  4. When he moves off, click and treat.
  5. Repeat this step until your dog is releasing on demand consistently.
  6. Gradually, start to be less enthusiastic with your command. Withdraw the hand motion and just use your voice.
  7. Then begin to tone down your voice until your command is quit subtle.
  8. Each time you practise this trick after step 7, increase the time in which you throw the ball to when you command release (3 seconds every time). This builds up your dog’s patience and discipline until he can wait for a few minutes in the sit position.

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This trick is only teachable if you have already taught your dog how to Sit, Lay Down and Stand. It is the next progression. If your dog sits and stays consistently on command, then this trick should be really easy to teach, but very difficult he doesn’t. This trick is a mechanism to let your dog know when it’s ok to move around freely. This is very useful when playing with your dog. If you are playing fetch, you can get him to sit, stand or lay down before you throw the ball. After you have gone through the steps of this trick sufficiently, your dog should stay in the position until you command ‘release’ and then go and fetch the ball.

If your dog releases before you tell him to, it might be because he is anticipating the amount of time he needs to sit before you command release. Try varying the gap between the two commands to keep him on his toes.

11 Expert Tips on Choosing Your First Dog

If you’re looking for your first dog, there are a number of things that you need to consider to ensure a happy life for both you and your future pet.

Whilst you might like the look of a certain breed, they may not be suited to your lifestyle or circumstances. The right dog breed for you will depend on a wide range of things, from the size of your home and garden to the time you can give it.

We’ve gathered up some top tips where to buy levaquin online from dog experts to help make sure you find the perfect pooch for you and your family…

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The World’s 50 Favourite Dogs

To this day scientists are still baffled by the existence of people who don’t like dogs. But thankfully, most of us do. Man’s best friend, dogs come in all shapes, sizes, colours and coats, and have stood by us for thousands of years. So we thought it’s about time we celebrated them.

Since the days of ancient Greece, dogs have gone down in history for their loveable personalities and their unwavering companionship. From Homer’s Odyssey to Homer Simpson, we’ve looked everywhere and considered all dogs, including rescue dogs, animated dogs, acting dogs, family dogs, literary dogs and many, many more, to put together what we see as the world’s 50 favourite dogs.

So without further ado, take a look at the list below (click on any picture for a brief bio!)



Toto

Toto is the much-loved terrier belonging to Dorothy Gale in L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series. Toto rose to fame through the 1939 film adaptation of the book by MGM, during which she was even paid more than some of the human actors. After the film her owner officially changed her name to Toto.


Odie

One of the less enlightened characters in the comic series Garfield, Odie is the happy-go-lucky dog who’s always either caught with his large tongue hanging out his mouth, or licking his feline friend, Garfield. He’s mostly classed as the “village idiot” character, but some of us believe he's secretly really clever – once being caught reading War and Peace and watching a TV show about Mozart.


Pluto

Pluto, Mickey Mouse’s pet bloodhound dog, first made his appearance in The Chain Gang all the way back in 1930. One of the biggest stars in the Disney universe (part of the “Sensational Six”) Pluto is arguably the most upbeat of all the characters, and mostly doesn’t speak or do anything human-like.

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Hooch

The co-star in the 1989 film Turner & Hooch, Hooch is the unruly, slobbering Dogue de Bordeaux that lands in Tom Hanks’ life to help him investigate who killed his previous owner (and Turner’s friend). Though they get off to a rocky start, the two become a loveable pair, and Hooch even helps Turner begin a romance with the town’s new vet, played by Mare Winningham.

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Brian Griffin

One of our favourites and definitely the most sophisticated, in the TV series Family Guy, Brian is the Griffin family dog, but he’s really a human (apart from on the few times he’s chasing cars and barking at other animals). Clever, cynical and possibly alcoholic, Brian is a struggling writer whose views repeatedly clash with the rest of the Griffin family and of their hometown of Quahog.

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Rin Tin Tin

Before becoming a major Hollywood star, German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin was a military dog used in World War I. Lee Duncan, an American soldier, rescued him, trained him, and eventually gained work for him in silent movies. Rin Tin Tin enjoyed a successful career in the film industry, and even received the most votes for the very first Oscar (Academy Award) for Best Actor, but the academy decided that only humans could win.

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Santa's Little Helper

The Simpsons’ pet dog Santa’s Little Helper has been in our lives ever since he was abandoned by his owner at a greyhound racing track in 1989. Homer and Bart decided to adopt him after he lost a race and his owner deserted him. Despite never speaking or performing any human acts, Santa’s Little Helper’s simple ways have found a way into our hearts – and he’s been the star focus of a number of the show’s episodes.

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Wishbone

Wishbone is a Jack Russell Terrier, and star of the children’s TV show of his own name. Known as “the little dog with the big imagination”, he daydreams about being the lead character in literature classics like Robin Hood and Don Quixote. The show was a popular and educational success, and won many awards during its running time in the late 1990s.

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Scooby Doo

The goofiest canine ever known, the always-hungry and usually-scared Great Dane, Scooby Doo, in the long-running TV series of the same name, fought paranormal and supernatural crime with his gang Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy. He and the equally hapless Shaggy were always getting in over their heads as they got distracted by food – large sandwiches especially.

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Nana

The devoted Nana is the canine nanny to children Wendy, John and Michael Darling in the 1953 Disney film Peter Pan. As the nursemaid of the house, Nana looks after the children, and is amazingly talented at balancing trays of stuff on her head.

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Blue

Animated, blue-spotted dog Blue quickly became a household name and a fans’ favourite amongst young children from her show Blue’s Clues. Combining learning and development insights with likeable characters and modern animation, the show received a total of nine Emmy award nominations and has been described as “one of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and ground-breaking preschool television shows of all time.”

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Airbud

Buddy is the Golden Retriever starring in the 1997 movie Airbud, who can somehow play basketball. After being left homeless by his previous owner he's adopted by the 12 year old Josh Framm, a new kid in the area, and the two quickly strike up a bond. The end of the film features a classic scene in cinema, when Buddy is asked to choose between Josh and his legal owner, Norm – buddy tears up Norm’s newspaper before running over to Josh.

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Lady & the Tramp

“His happiest motion picture” Lady and the Tramp is the typical princess and stable-boy story, where a well-to-do Cocker Spaniel (Lady) meets and falls in love with a mutt who lives on the streets. Their famous spaghetti eating scene taking place in the back-alley of a restaurant was enough to earn them an instant place on the list, having already won the hearts of the world’s dog lovers over 60 years ago.

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Beethoven

Named after the German composer after barking along to his fifth symphony, Beethoven was one of the most loveable dogs of the nineties. Despite a rocky start with family man, George Newton, Beethoven eventually found his way into the Newton household and into our hearts. Throughout the first feature film Beethoven manages to help all of the children with their problems, and probably the most famous image of him is in bed right in between parents George and Alice.

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101 Dalmatians

Taken as one entry, Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmatians is an adaptation of the 1956 novel by Dodie Smith. The story spawned one of the most iconic villains we know, Cruella de Vil, who hated animals, and stole the Dalmatian puppies in order to make a coat out of their fur.

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Copper

Along with his unlikely friend Tod (the fox) Copper makes up the hound in Disney’s much-loved 1981 film The Fox and the Hound. Copper is a young bloodhound and is a natural enemy of Tod, a fox. The two overcome their backgrounds to form a heart-warming friendship.

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Old Yeller

Old Yeller is the story of the boy, Travis, and his adopted dog, Old Yeller, who wins the hearts of this post-Civil War family in Texas with his loyalty and heroics. It’s a cult classic in America, up there with the likes of Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz, and features one of cinemas saddest scenes at the end.

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Benji

Who could forget Benji? The star of his own movie of the same name, the fictional dog Benji is a loveable mixed breed that has starred in many feature films. With a great ability to always be in the right place at the right time, Benji was always there to help when someone needed him.

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Winn-Dixie

The award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie, was turned into a feature film in 2005, and tells the story of the young India Opal Buloni who finds and adopts a scruffy Berger Picard in a Winn-Dixie supermarket, and decides to name her after the store. Loveable and popular, Winn-Dixie quickly made friends both for himself and for Opal.

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Marley

Though most know him from the 2008 movie Marley & Me, Marley was a real dog whose life was chronicled in his owner John Grogan’s book, published in 2005. It tells the story of Marley and his family as they struggle to cope and come to terms with a dog that simply can’t get onboard with what’s expected of him as a household pet. Despite being destructive and unruly, Marley is ultimately loved for his good intentions, and the family understand that he’s only acting in the way natural to him.

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Charlie B. Barkin

Charlie B. Barkin proves that dogs do go to heaven in the 1989 animated film All Dogs Go to Heaven. After going back to Earth to avenge his death, he teams up with best friend Itchy Itchiford, and the two meet the young orphan Anne-Marie who teaches them a valuable lesson about loyalty and love. In the end he unwittingly discovers that he does deserve to go to heaven after all - of course!

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Shadow & Chance

The classic Homeward Bound film series covers the games, misdemeanours and adventures of Chance, the American Bulldog, Shadow, the older and wiser Golden Retriever, as well as their feline friend Sassy, a sassy Himalayan Cat. Despite always getting lost on far-flung adventures out in the wild of America, the group always manage to come through.

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Balto

Disney’s Balto was a wolf-dog crossbreed, outcast by both dogs and humans, who risked his life to save children from a deadly outbreak of diphtheria in Nome, Alaska. The character is loosely based on the real dog of the same name, a black and white Siberian husky sled dog who led the final leg of a run to deliver diphtheria serum to Nome in 1925.

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Lassie

One of the most famous and loved dogs on this list is undoubtedly Lassie. She rose to fame in the novel and subsequent MGM film Lassie Come-Home, which depicted a Rough Collie dog who always turns up to save the day. The TV show Lassie, which ran through the 50s, 60s and 70s is the fourth longest-running US primetime TV series and ran for 17 seasons.

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Hachiko

A golden brown Akita dog, Hachiko is an inspiring example of the strong bond between man and man’s best friend. After greeting his owner at Shibuya train station in Tokyo at the end of each day for all of his life, one day his owner didn’t show up – he had died from a brain hemorrhage. But that didn’t stop him waiting. Hachiko returned to the train station at exactly the time his owner was due to arrive every day for over nine years.

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Snoopy

Undoubtedly the most famous and well-loved of dogs in history is Charlie Brown’s pet Beagle, Snoopy. Part of the hugely popular Peanuts comic strip, we were able to see his thoughts through “thought bubbles”, to make up for him not being able to speak. But his real character came out from his various imagined fantasy lives, like being a daring WWI fighter pilot often in combat with the Red Baron, a cool college student, and an author who can never quite make it.

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Strongheart

He’s not quite as well remembered as his contemporary, Rin Tin Tin, but he’s equally worthy of being on the list. Strongheart was one of the very first canine Hollywood film stars, brought to the US in 1920 after first training as a police dog in Germany and serving with the German Red Cross. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was the subject of two popular books by writer J. Allen Boone, detailing his deep connection with animals.

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Fido

The story of the Italian dog Fido has made it possibly the most popular dog name ever since, and meaning “faithful” it was the perfect name at the time. In a story similar to that of Hachiko, Fido was found injured in a ditch one day and nursed back to health and adopted by Carlo Soriani and his wife. For two years he accompanied Carlo to and from his bus stop every workday, until he was killed by a bomb blast in 1943. For the next fourteen years Fido loyally continued to wait at the bus stop each day, awaiting his master’s return.

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Petey

Petey was the beloved Pitbull Terrier in the hit show Little Rascals most recognised for the iconic ring around his left eye. Always loyal and protective over the gang, he quickly won a place in our hearts. When the original dog, Pal, passed away, his 6 month old pup Pete took over the role as Petey – and with the help of a little make-up he looked the part with his father’s ring around his eye.

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Otis

The slightly less adept but no less adorable pug Otis was the loyal companion to friend Milo, the cat, in the 1986 film The Adventures of Milo and Otis. The two get lost down a river during an eventful adventure in which they encounter all kinds of other animals in the wild, before finding mates of their own and reuniting at the end of the film.

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Uggie

It was the 2011 Oscar-winning silent film The Artist that raised the Jack Russell Terrier, Uggie, to fame and into our hearts. His friendly and boisterous personality was an instant hit, and he even won the 2011 Palm Dog Award at Cannes, and the 2012 Golden Collar Award.

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Laika

Laika was a true pioneer in space discovery, and not just in the animal kingdom. Once a stray dog found on the streets of Moscow, she became a Soviet space dog (part of the Sputnik 2 mission) and one of the first animals in space. At a time when little was known about the effects of space travel on human or animal organisms, she paved the way for human voyages into space. Though sadly she died during the mission, she was integral in the development of human missions to space.

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Appollo

Possibly the bravest dog on the list, Appollo was the first search and rescue dog on the scene of the attacks on the World Trade Centers on 9/11. At age 9, and after a career of high achievement in law enforcement, he braved fireballs, acres of jagged concrete and days of double shifts, tirelessly searching for survivors – and when the search ended he had to be pulled away from the rubble.

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Lex

Lex was a brave and fiercely loyal military dog and partner to handler Corporal Dustin J. Lee in Iraq. When an attack killed Lee and wounded Lex, he refused to leave Lee’s side and had to be dragged away in order to be given treatment for his wounds. He became the first active-duty military dog to be granted early retirement and was adopted by Lee’s parents after their online petition gained national media attention.

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Bobbie

Bobbie “the Wonder Dog” rose to fame through a feat that it’s still hard to believe now. After they became separated whilst on a roadtrip in Indiana, his broken-hearted family returned to their home all the way in Oregon, never expecting they’d see Bobbie again. But six months later and completely out of the blue, Bobbie turned up on their doorstep battered and bruised, showing all the signs of having walked the entire 2,551 miles all by himself. His subsequent rise to stardom earned him a role in the 1924 silent movie The Call of the West, and fellow canine star Rin Tin Tin placed a wreath on his grave after his death 1927.

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Checkers

Checkers is widely credited with saving former US President Richard Nixon’s career. In 1952, when the then vice-presidential candidate was facing allegations that he accepted money from a secret political fund, Nixon declared that the only gift he’d ever accepted was their family dog Checkers. It was a sensational hit with the public and helped to turn his career around, and images of Checkers, the cocker spaniel, became hugely popular.

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Argos

Another figure of canine loyalty, Argos dates back thousands of years to the time of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey. When his master returns to his home disguised as a beggar, Argos is the only member of the household to recognise his true identity, wagging his tail and dropping his ears when he sees him. Odysseuss’ friend Eumaeus tells the story of a supreme tracking dog known for his speed and strength.

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Capitán

German Shepherd, Capitán, guarded his owner’s grave since his death in 2006 in Argentina. Though he had never been to the cemetery, his family returned from his master’s funeral to discover the dog gone, and later found him at the grave. He has stayed there virtually ever since his owner died, and the staff at the cemetery even started taking care of him and putting out food.

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Gidget

Gidget, “America’s Most Beloved Chihuahua” gained fame in the US as the Taco Bell Chihuahua. She was a dog actress and comedienne in America, best known for her portrayal of the mascot for Taco Bell in its TV advertising between 1997 and 2000.

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Clifford

Clifford, of Clifford the Big Red Dog, was a big red dog and loyal friend to owner Emily Elizabeth. Shy, friendly, loyal, clumsy, caring and helpful, Clifford frequently used his varying size to help Emily and the inhabitants of their island get out of sticky situations. The children’s book was first published in 1963 and was adapted for TV in 2000.

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Slink

By far one of the most underrated characters, Slink is the friendly, southern-spoken toy dachshund and friend to Andy in the Toy Story series. His torso consists of a long, coiled metal slinky, which comes in useful for some of the gang’s tricks and stunts.

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Baxter

Pet dog, sidekick, close friend, confidant and saviour, Baxter is the loyal partner to Ron Burgundy in the Anchorman movies. After being kicked off a bridge by Jack Black, Baxter returns at the end of the film to save Ron and Veronica from an attack by bears, where it turns out he can speak their language.

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Comet

Comet was the furry, four-legged star of the hit US family TV Show Full House, which ran from 1987 to 1995. His real name Buddy, he’s actually the same dog that stars in the hit Disney movie Air Bud. But we prefer Comet.

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Cujo

A dog we maybe love to hate, Cujo is the huge St. Bernard and central character of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, which was made into a hit film. Despite starting out in the story as a gentle and friendly dog, Cujo is bitten by a bat and contracts rabies – resulting in small-town carnage and many dead as those around him struggle to deal the situation.

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Bolt

Loveably naive, Bolt is the white German Shepherd who stars in the 2008 Disney film of the same name. He spent most of his life in isolation, playing a TV role in which he uses superpowers to protect his owner from the evil Dr. Calico. But when his owner, Penny, appears to be kidnapped in real life, Bolt sets out on a wild adventure to “rescue” her, believing he really does possess superpowers. His unwavering trust, loyalty and good-will are what we and so many are drawn to in Bolt.

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Spuds MacKenzie

A beer-drinking dog? Spuds MacKenzie was the cool Bull Terrier who for a few years in the late 1980s was the massively popular mascot for Bud Light. Frequently, depicted wearing sunglasses on a beach with a cold beer, Spuds first appeared in a Super Bowl XXI advert in 1987, and went on to sell a huge amount of associated merchandise.

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Astro

Probably our favourite character from the animated US sitcom The Jetsons, Astro was the clumsy canine and less enlightened member of the Jetson family. But despite being quite dumb-witted, he had a pretty good grasp of English, taking after Scooby-Doo by pronouncing almost every consonant with an “r”.

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Eddie

One of the best characters in Frasier, and certainly one of the best fictional dogs out there, Eddie was Martin Crane's pet Jack Russell Terrier. A dog capable of more than meets the eye, Eddie was capable of understanding human conversations, and in one episode we find out he has six puppies, all of which inherited his habit of staring at Frasier.

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White Fang

White Fang entered our lives via Jack London’s adventure novel of the same name – which tells the story of the mixed wolfdog and his friendship a young Yukon gold hunter. The story was made into a feature film in the 1990s, starring a young Ethan Hawke alongside Jed, who played White Fang.

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Zero

Definitely the most elusive of all the dogs on this list, Zero was the ghost-dog in Tim Burton’s 1993 dark fantasy feature film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Belonging to Jack, his body appears to be entirely made up of a white sheet, with a tiny pumpkin sitting at the end of his long and slender nose.

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6 qualities every family dog should have

Choosing a dog can be a difficult decision, particularly when you have children and a certain type of lifestyle to think about. What kind of qualities should every family dog have to make your life a little easier?

Child-friendly

If you have children, this one is quite obvious. You want to choose a breed that is good with children; a breed that is lovable to everyone, no matter how big or how small.

But remember, it’s not only the dogs that can go overboard – kids aren’t always as gentle as they should be with dogs. This means your dog should be tolerant and be able to cope with a few rough pats and ears pulls every so often.

You’ve also got to think about things like doing the school run – will you need to leave your dog at home? Will it be okay on its own for a bit? These are important factors to consider before making your decision, and could save your home from being torn up by an impatient pup.

Affectionate

No matter what their home situation or lifestyle, every person will want to choose a friendly dog to own, but when it comes to a family dog they need to be openly affectionate. Your dog will essentially be an added member of the family so you want it to get on with everyone and everything.

Those walks in the park can get a little embarrassing – even nerve-wracking – if your dog is violent towards another, or even when they are overly scared of other people and their pets. It shouldn’t be a matter of having to avoid inviting family and friends over or steering clear of other people in a public park.

Intelligent

All dogs should be trained early on, but it’s particularly important that they are when they’re around children. Whilst we know that dogs and children can have a fantastic relationship, there are some things to be weary of – things that can be prevented if the dogs have been trained properly.

A lot of the time, buy amoxicillin online cheap children act and communicate very differently to adults; particularly younger children with their crying and shrieking outbursts. This can confuse dogs and thus have an impact on the child’s safety. Even a child’s most innocent sign of affection – a kiss – could come across as threatening to an untrained and intolerant dog.

Loyal

Loyalty is an attribute of many breeds – a dog is one of the most loyal pets after all. People want their dog to be trustworthy and reliable, particularly when those people are in a family environment. Looking after children can be hard enough, let alone adding an uncooperative, mischievous dog to the mix.

Loyal dogs will save you a lot of time and effort, and may even help you along the way too! They will become a much-loved and irreplaceable member of your family in everyone’s eyes.

Energetic

Family life is non-stop, and you need a dog to go with that. We all know that living in a family home can mean a lot of things going on; all sorts of different people are in and out of that front door – family, old friends, new friends, children, adults…

The dog you choose has to keep up with all of that, and be prepared for it too. A lazy or nervous dog might react negatively to situations like those, but an energetic, friendly dog will take on the opportunity for a good back rub and maybe even an extra walk.

Easy to groom

With the business of family life, you may want to consider getting a dog that is easy-to-groom. If you rarely find time to sit down between looking after everyone and working, you might not want to pick a high-maintenance dog.

Some breeds require regular bathing, cleaning, clipping, trimming and other grooming just to stay happy and healthy; however some breeds can be a quick brush-and-go job. Of course, there is the option of going to a professional grooming service to keep your precious pup in check.