The wonderful work of the Irish Guide Dogs for the blind

Guide dogs (also called assistance dogs or seeing eye dogs) are not a new phenomenon.

A popular verse alphabet of the mid 16th-century began “A is for Archer, B is for Blind man led by dog”.  In the 19th-century novel Aurora Leighby Elizabeth Barrett Browning begins “The man walks wherever the dog pulls / And so I answered”

 

The history of Irish Guide Dogs for the blind

The Irish Guide Dogs for the blind is a...............................................................................

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Crufts - The world’s largest dog show

March, was a big month in the dog showing world, with Crufts - the world’s largest dog show taking place.  Between March 9th and March 12, 2017, over 20,000 dogs and many more times that number of humans attended the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, United Kingdom for the Greatest [Dog] Show on earth.

 The History Of Crufts

The history of Crufts dates back over 125 years.  It was founded by a British business man, Charles...............................................................................

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Training Your Dog

Watching Crufts or other dog shows, gives you an idea of how well and to what level dogs can be trained.  This level of obedience though is difficult to achieve and takes a great deal of dedication from both the dog trainer and the dog themselves.  Dog training though is essential and in this post, we discuss the following:

  • What are the benefits of training your dog?
  • When to start dog training
  • Obedience classes or train yourself
  • Which dogs are...............................................................................

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A dog is for life, not just for Christmas

Remember the old saying, ‘a dog is for life not just for Christmas’.  Did you know this phrase was actually coined over 40 years ago by Clarissa Baldwin of the Dogs Trust.  Here at Slaneyside Kennel Solutions we would 100% agree with the sentiment of that statement.  Infact, we would probably go a little further.  A dog should never be brought into a new family at Christmas time.

However, we know that all of Ireland and indeed the world,...............................................................................

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Dog Grooming

The purpose of Dog grooming is two-fold. First and foremost, it is about maintaining the health of your dog.  And secondly, it is done to improve their appearance.

Regular grooming will reduce the incidence of health problems such as scratches and cuts and make you more aware of any issues you might miss if you were not grooming your dog regularly.

Keeping your dog well-groomed will help with general cleanliness.  Your dog will smell less, which is a particularly issue for some breeds like Basset Hounds and Beagles. ...............................................................................

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How long do dogs live?


In a previous post we wrote about the many physical, emotional and social benefits of owning a dog.  These included:

  •     Dogs can boost your mood
  •     Dogs make your more social
  •     Dogs (should) may you exercise more
  •     Dogs can make you feel less stressed / depressed
  •     Dogs make you feel safer and less anxious
  •     Dogs in your home can reduce the incidence of allergies in your...............................................................................

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