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Prized French sniffer dog arrives in the UK for coronavirus sniffing trials

Prized French sniffer dog arrives in the UK for coronavirus sniffing trials

A Belgian shepherd from France trained in detecting molecules arrived in London today to conduct tests on whether it can smell the coronavirus, reports The Telegraph. Lauded as one of France’s most highly prized sniffer dogs, Ila, a six-year old Belgian shepherd dog, will go through trials in London to see if he can sniff out the coronavirus. Ila’s pet parent and trainer Sidi Drici, says he is confident that the sniffer dog’s “unique molecular” technique could help “save the planet”. la…

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Virtual dog show coming soon, aims to raise money for coronavirus

Virtual dog show coming soon, aims to raise money for coronavirus

Dog Furiendly, a digital dog friendly community, is partnering with dog-related businesses across the UK, to host a virtual dog show. The virtual dog show, ‘Bark Aid’, will raise funds for charities that desperately need support to cope with coronavirus crisis. Dog parents will show off their beloved pooch by uploading photos in a series of fun categories from the comfort of their home. Each category will raise funds for a charity in need such as Fare Share who redistribute…

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The 8 best dog friendly cars for UK dog lovers

The 8 best dog friendly cars for UK dog lovers

The UK is known as a nation of dog lovers and with that in mind, it’s important to consider man’s best friend when it comes time to look for a new car. In the car, dogs should be kept comfortable and, if needed, restrained, for safety reasons. When buying a new car, keep that in mind. These security restraints could be in the form of a doggy seat belt harness, a dog crate, or a dog guard. In the UK…

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Coronavirus Crisis sees more dogs and cats finding loving homes

Coronavirus Crisis sees more dogs and cats finding loving homes

There is some positive news amid the current coronavirus crisis and lockdowns. The number of people adopting pets across the world is soaring. According to UK-based animal shelter Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, more than 150 Battersea dogs and cats found loving new homes last week as the UK public opened their doors and hearts to rescue pets amid the coronavirus health crisis. “At such a challenging time, Battersea saw a small ray of hope as its staff managed to…

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UK: Police say you are not allowed to drive anywhere to walk your dog

UK: Police say you are not allowed to drive anywhere to walk your dog

In the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, police in the UK have warned people not to get in their cars to drive to a location to walk their dogs or exercise. The UK announced a nationwide lockdown on Monday to fight the spread of the coronavirus. It said that people were allowed to leave their houses for for only a few necessary reasons including one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or…

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Can I walk my dog during UK lockdown? Rules for dogs explained

Can I walk my dog during UK lockdown? Rules for dogs explained

The UK announced a nationwide lockdown on Monday to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The lockdown means people must not leave their homes unless it’s for ‘absolutely necessary’ reasons. So do those absolutely necessary reasons include walking your dog? According to government guidelines You should only leave the house for one of four reasons: Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible. One form of exercise a day, for example a…

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Dog working from home during crisis? There’s an Instagram account for that!

Dog working from home during crisis? There’s an Instagram account for that!

Instagram account @DogsWorkingFromHome made its first post during the onset of the coronavirus crisis, and already has hundreds of submissions, according to The Guardian. The coronavirus outbreak has meant that many countries across the world are having their employees work from home to slow the spread of the disease. This means colleagues can out each other’s pets during video conferences. Mark Polchleb, a brand manager from Melbourne, thought this pet video conferencing experience deserved its own home online.  “I just…

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Dogs can help ease stress during self-quarantine

Dogs can help ease stress during self-quarantine

As a response to the Covid-19 outbreak, more people are social distancing and undergoing self-quarantine, but man’s best friend can help with emotional support during the isolation. In a Q and A session published in the Medical Express, University of Arizona biological anthropologist and comparative psychologist Evan MacLean spoke about how dogs may provide welcome emotional support during the pandemic. MacLean, an assistant professor of anthropology and director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center in the College of Social and…

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Walking the dog becomes a get out of jail card for locked down Spain

Walking the dog becomes a get out of jail card for locked down Spain

Walking the dog has become an enviable get-out-of-jail card in lockdown Spain with many dog parents offering their dogs for rent and others resorting to walking fake dogs to get out of the house. Unlike in Italy, where people can go out to stretch their legs despite a national lockdown, Spain has banned all such outside trips under its state of emergency amid the coronavirus crisis. But those in Spain can step outside if they have a four-legged friend but…

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5 pet friendly hotels in Singapore for a relaxing staycation

5 pet friendly hotels in Singapore for a relaxing staycation

Many travel plans have been cancelled amid coronavirus concerns. In Singapore, the government recently announced that people in the country should defer all overseas travel. But that doesn’t rule out staycations. You should still absolutely be socially responsible and avoid going out if you are feeling unwell. If home rests are not for you then perhaps you can use a little relaxing staycation with your pooch. Shopback compiled a list of 5 pet friendly staycation deals in Singapore that will…

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