Episode 10 - doggy nail art, rogue Poodles, guilt and more
The tenth episode of The Dog News Show opens with a story that may divide opinion - although for once Debbie and Julie are in agreement, and neither of them are in favour of the latest trend for pampered pooches. This is a trend in America, and we can only hope it doesn't spread - a dog doesn't need his claws painted, so why should he go through the discomfort and inconvenience of having them painted, and will the need to protect his nail art impact on his quality of life? Nail art for dogs gets a big thumbs down from The Dog News Show.
Next up for consideration are two stories that are a big reminded to keep an eye on our dogs when we're out and about and train a good "leave" command. In the first story, a Labrador from South Wales died after eating mouldy cheese that had been inconsiderately dumped rather than disposed of in a bin. In the second story a dog was bitten by an adder in his own back garden in Oxfordshire. If your dog is unfortunate enough to be bitten by an adder - or any other poisonous snake - he will have a much better chance of survival if you are aware of the bite and can inform your vet who can then give the most effective treatment.
Debbie has a story of a dog attack involving a Pitbull and a Poodle in Boston, U.S.A. However all is not quite what it would seem, and there are many surprising aspects of this story - listen to find out more!
Julie has found more research into dogs' behaviour and emotion. This study investigates whether dogs feel guilt - and the short answer is of course, "No they don't!" Hear Debbie and Julie's thoughts on this complicated study that comes up with some interesting findings.
Microchipping your dog is so important in case he is ever lost or stolen, and in this episode you can hear the story of Libby who was finally reunited with her owner after six years thanks to her chip. So what happened when they were reunited? Did Libby remember her former family, and what made the meeting extra poignant? Are you a fan of microchipping or not? Don't forget that you can have your say on any of the topics discussed via the Facebook page or Twitter account.
Finally in Schmaltz Corner, has Julie finally found a story that Debbie can't trample all over? Well maybe, maybe not. Hear the story of Poppy, a pup who ended up in rescue and was bounced from shelter to shelter with at least three families adopting and then rejecting her in her first few months of life. But luckily the qualities that can get a pet dog into trouble - intelligence, determination, independence - can make a great working dog. Find out exactly how Poppy got her happy ending and the other rescue dogs who have matured into excellent working dogs.