Dog play styles: Get your game face on

Dogs play for a variety of reasons. Not only does it help them learn motor skills, but it also teaches our dogs about social structure. Dog play styles vary from dog to dog and breed to breed. And while many dog to dog interactions are positive it’s important to recognize what normal play looks like. … Read more

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Dog ear types: More than just a shape

Dog ears types vary from the large and droopy ears of the Bassett hound through to the tiny rose shaped ears of the pug. No matter the shape though, our dog’s ears are a hardworking part of their anatomy and need to be kept clean. Not only do our dogs have more sensitive ears than … Read more

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Dog commands; 7 essential canine cues

Teaching your dog commands not only makes life with your dog more enjoyable, but it can help keep your dog safe too. While all training is an excellent way to bond with your dog, we’ve chosen the following dog commands to a) keep your dog away from danger and b) ensure that they become a … Read more

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Fluffy dog breeds: 15 to fall in love with

If you’re a fan of fluff and want a hairy hound to share your life with we’ve got the fluffiest, hairiest and cuddliest dogs just for you. Whether you’re after a petite pompom or a giant hairball, there’s a dog to suit your needs. So, here’s our favourite fluffy dog breeds from small to large. … Read more

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Dog parks pros and cons, are they right for your dog

Giving our dogs the freedom to play with other dogs and have a good off leash run tempts many of us to take our dogs to a dog park. In fact, dog parks have become so popular that they have become the fastest-growing segment of city parks in the USA. But are dog parks the … Read more

Pug mixes: 11 lovely Pugs

While the Poodle might be considered the King of cross breeds as it’s used so often in creating designer dogs, the humble Pug is catching up fast. With it’s easy-going, clownish nature and boundless affection for its family the Pug wins hearts where ever it goes. These delightful dogs are full of mischief, love to … Read more

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Dog breeds that look like wolves

Majestic, powerful and proud, the Wolf encapsulates much of what scares us but also what we admire. From an evil presence waiting in the woods to attack unwary travellers to benevolent spirit guides that show us the way. Wolves have woven in and out of our fairy stories and legends for centuries. Our fascination with … Read more

Brain games for dogs; 5 fun ways to beat boredom

We love brain games for dogs at Practical Paw, so we thought we’d share our favourites. Not only do brain games keep your dog’s mind active, but they also tire them out much more effectively than physical exercise. What’s more, brain games are suitable for all ages of dog. Whether you’ve just taken on a … Read more

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Scotch Collie – Lassie and the lost dogs

Talk about Scotch Collies, and most people think of Lassie.  Although Lassie, now known as a Rough collie shares her roots with Scotch Collies, they are very different dogs. In fact, there is a growing movement to get the Scotch Collie recognised as a distinct breed. The original Scotch Collies were landrace which means that … Read more

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YorkiePoo – feisty and fun

Are you looking for a pint-sized pooch with plenty of personality? Despite its diminutive stature, the Yorkiepoo is big in character. As a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a miniature Poodle, the Yorkiepoo is both confident and playful. While small dogs are generally easier to manage than their bigger counterparts, choosing the right breed … Read more