Pet Advice

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Our vision is happy pets in responsible loving homes.
Over the years we have gained a lot of experience in caring for dogs. This advice section covers the most frequently asked questions and situations for dog owners. If you have a question not covered in this section please get in touch with us via our online enquiry form.

The advice in this section is not intended to replace veterinary advice. If you are concerned about your dogs health you should always contact your vet.

No longer able to cope with your dog
There are many reasons why owners are no longer able to cope with there dogs and need to find new homes for them...

Dog Training
Finding the right kind of trainer or class can make learning a lot of fun!

All dogs will benefit from knowing basic training commands such as sit, stay, leave it and to come back to you when called. Knowing these commands, along with how to walk nicely on a lead, will help you and your dog to enjoy your time out and about together.

If this is your first time owning a dog, if it has been sometime since you have owned a dog or if you need help with more than ‘the basics’ you may wish to look for a trainer or training class to give you the skills to train your dog further.

There are many people who call themselves trainers and behaviourists, but some use outdated, harsh methods and training aids which could inflict pain or discomfort, cause anxiety and distress and may exacerbate the original issue or create new ones. You can find out more about why you should avoid trainers who use aversive methods.

At Merseyside Dogs Home we only use reward based training, and recommend that you look for a certified trainer who uses positive reinforcement in their training. We are always happy to offer advice on training and behavioral issues – all you need to do is call! We are also happy to pass on details of trainers and clubs we have worked with.

Don’t let little issues build up until they become too much for you!

Neutering
Neutering has many health benefits for your pet But can effect behavioural issues, take advice before deciding to neuter your dog.

Neutering is an operation done under general anaesthetic to permanently prevent reproduction. In males it is called castration and in females it is called spaying.
Why neuter your dog?

Every year, thousands of puppies will find themselves abandoned across the UK, often as a result of unplanned breeding. It can be very difficult to find homes for a litter and it is not uncommon for Merseyside Dogs Home to see dogs that have had several homes in a short space of time before they eventually end up in Rescue. Dogs do not recognise family groups and may mate with their close relatives which can increase the likelihood of birth defects in the puppies. Wanting a ‘copy’ of an existing dog rarely produces offspring that are identical in looks and behaviours. There can be health complications for pregnancy and birth.

Neutering will not stop all undesirable behaviours, but it can help with dogs that are roaming, mounting humans and furniture, some types of aggression and marking indoors. Male dogs can smell a bitch in heat from up to a mile away, and whilst they may usually be very well trained, their hormones can take over and they may roam across roads to try and find what they are looking for. There is a real danger of road traffic accidents. Unneutered males should be microchipped in case they roam.

The age at which neutering can take place can depend on the breed of the dog so it is best to discuss this with your veterinary surgeon. Neutering typically costs between £100 and £300 depending on the size of the dog. There may be assistance available for people on low incomes by contacting the PDSA.

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