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Weird and wonderful pet patterns

Weird and wonderful pet patterns

From kittens with eyebrows to puppies with love hearts on their rear – we take a look at some really cool markings and patterns on our furry friends. There are countless genes that determine different aspects of fur colour, length, patterns and other properties....

Summer dog shows – a family affair

Summer dog shows – a family affair

If you’re looking for activities to do with your dog this summer, you can’t go past a good old dog show! There’s dozens of agricultural shows and festivals on all around the country throughout the summer months; and dogs can be a part of them with pet corners and dog...

Small dog syndrome

Small dog syndrome

Small dog syndrome – or Small Dog Owner Syndrome? We take a look… If you own a small dog or toy dog breed like a Chihuahua, Pomeranian, toy poodle, yorkie or the like, chances are you’ve experienced the ‘small dog syndrome (SDS)’ behaviour. But in truth, it’s doing...

Petinsure.ie ‘dog of the month’ – Yorkshire Terrier

Petinsure.ie ‘dog of the month’ – Yorkshire Terrier

Last month we shone the spotlight on the Bichon Frise; this month the honours go to the Yorkshire Terrier – vigorous exterminator or delicate toy dog made for pampering? The Yorkshire Terrier is classified as a toy dog but has the personality of a pure terrier –...

Top ten kitten names for 2014

Top ten kitten names for 2014

Here Kitty Kitty… We look at the top ten kitten names for 2014. And yes, Kitty is in there – at least in some of the ‘Top Ten’ lists – but not all. It seems what we like to name our favourite feline friend differs between the US, UK and Ireland. We got stuck into the...

Petinsure.ie ‘dog of the month’ – Bichon Frise

Petinsure.ie ‘dog of the month’ – Bichon Frise

We’ve been blogging away about all things dog (and occasionally cat) every week now for over a year. We try to mix it up a bit, and as such, have added ‘dog of the month’ to our repertoire. First up, the spotlight is on the adorable Bichon Frise. The Bichon Frise is a...

Puppy training – early puppy ‘socialisation’ is key to success

Puppy training – early puppy ‘socialisation’ is key to success

With proper puppy training from birth to week 16, you can avoid behavioural problems in your dog later on. We take a look at socialisation of your puppy, give you some tips and point you in the direction of the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust joint socialisation plan. A...

Toilet training puppy – a wee guide!

Toilet training puppy – a wee guide!

We give you some tips on how to toilet train your puppy – it’s all about routine, reward and reinforcement… From about two to four months of age, most pups pick up on the concept of house training or crate training quite easily since its part of their natural...

Preparing for a new puppy

Preparing for a new puppy

Pre-puppy preparation can be fun, but it also involves a lot of planning. Our quick guide to the puppy supplies and equipment you’ll need will help you along the way. You don’t need to go over the top, but there are a few essentials you’ll need to prepare for the new...