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We all know that having a dog comes with responsibility and commitment but there are also numerous benefits. If you own a dog or are currently considering getting a dog you will be aware of the joy a dog can bring into our lives. Here are some other benefits to having a furred companion in the household that you may not have already thought of.

Benefits of Owning a Dog 


Companionship - Not only are dogs’ man’s best friend but they also encourage social interaction with people and especially other dog owners on walks.

Exercise - Having a dog means that it has to be brought on daily walks which in turn means the owner is getting regular exercise. Regular exercise is essential element of a healthy lifestyle and for overall wellbeing.

Mood booster - Being around dogs can help make more calm and relaxed. In a nutshell dogs are a furred source of happiness for us humans and can help combat depression.

Security alarm - Dogs can help us feel safer and are nature’s security alarm alerting the household to any suspicious behaviour outside with barking or whining. They also act as a deterrent to potential burglars.

Stress busters - Have you notice the trend of having office dogs? That is because according to studies having a dog pottering around the office reduces stress levels in employees.

Personal development - The responsibility, patience, selflessness and commitment that comes with being a dog owner makes us all-around better people.

Allergy fighting - Children that grow up in a house with a dog are less likely to develop allergies over their lifetime.

Cancer detection - Scientific studies have shown that dogs have the ability to smell cancer in the human body.

Never a dull moment - Having a dog means that there is never a dull moment and using the phrase ‘I’m bored there’s nothing to do’ is no longer applicable. Whether it is playing or grabbing the lead and going for a walk, life with a dog can never be classed as boring.

Teaching Children - Having a dog in the home can teach children valuable life lessons such as responsibility, routine and caring for others.

Do you have any benefits of being a dog owner that you would like to share? Share them with us by heading over to our Facebook page and leaving a comment.


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In previous blogs over the past few weeks, we have gone through the initial stages of getting a new puppy or dog including introductions and useful equipment to make the transition seamless. But now for the blog post that can save you from the hassle of cleaning up your new furry companion’s accidents around the home. Yes, we are talking about toilet training! This is one of the most common challenges faced by new puppy owners, this can also apply to untrained adult dogs too!

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Our previous post outlined how to make the initial introductions of a new dog to children, cats and other dogs in the family. Having a new dog is a big change and commitment to any household and there are many factors to consider.

New dog in family - 2 

So introductions made, what is next?

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A new dog is an exciting time for the family and dog alike!Whether it is a new dog or a new puppy, there are certain steps to take to ensure seamless integration into your family and life. This article outlines the first introductions of your new addition to children, cats and other dogs in the family.

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There is nothing better than watching a good movie with friends, family or even by yourself! Who doesn’t love movies starring man’s best friend? Any excuse for a movie night!

Here at Slanneyside Kennels we got together and listed our top five all-time favourite movies that star our favourite four-legged friends. So grab the popcorn and curl up this evening with one of our top movie picks.

All Dogs go to Heaven (1989)

A must watch film for children and adults alike that follows Charlie B. Barkin (voiced by Burt Reynolds) and his friends Itchy and Anne-Marie, a young orphan girl. The movie centres around Charlie’s quest to get revenge for his untimely death.


Marley and Me (2008)

A weepy for sure (don’t say we didn’t warn you!) based on John Grogan’s memoir of his beloved and mischievous Labrador. Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as Marley’s owners. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll also definitely give your dog an extra tight hug before bedtime after watching this!

The Fox and the Hound (1981)

A childhood favourite about the friendship between a fox and a hound, this one never fails to pull at the heart strings! Tod, a young orphaned fox makes friends with his neighbour Copper who is a hound and his natural enemy. This movie depicts their friendship right up to adulthood.

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Who said that romance was just for us humans? This is a heartfelt love story of a Cocker Spaniel and a mutt and their romantic adventures. We all know the spaghetti and meatball scene!

Beethoven (1992)

Okay, there’s eight of them in total but we are talking about the first two. A laugh out loud family comedy about a St Bernard and his adopted family the Newtons.Beethoven’s antics and impact on the Newton family will definitely put a smile on your face. Everybody loves when the dog wins the day!


Whether this is the first time you watch them or the tenth, these movies are a must see for all dog lovers out there! This is our top five, but there is an abundance of dog-themed movies out there that we could have mentioned. Doggy movie marathon anyone?

Did we leave out your favourite movie? Let us know your opinions and top picks by heading over to our Facebook page and leaving a comment. We would love some suggestions for our next movie night!

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