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Breed Profile – Whippet

This breed from the hound group is the classic Northern sporting dog. Loyal and affectionate with an amazing turn of speed, the Whippet is a dog you can put your money on. History of Breed: Small Greyhounds, similar to the Whippet, have been around since the 17th century and can be seen depicted in 18th century…

Bonnie the Rescue Retriever

Story of a Rescue Dog – Bonnie The Golden Retriever

Giving a rescue dog a home reduces the pressure on overburdened rehoming centres as well as having its own rewards. However, a rescue dog with an unknown history can pose a real challenge to dog owners. We spoke to Vicki Trigg about the potential problems, hard work and rewards that can accompany a rescue dog.…

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Breed Profile – Basset Hound

The Basset Hound makes a great family pet and doesn’t require as much exercise as other hounds. This friendly French breed has an intelligence that belies its unfair depiction as being a bit ‘slow’. History of Breed: The Basset Hound originated in France, where monks developed the breed for hunting hare. The term ‘basset’ translates as ‘rather…

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Breed Profile – Rhodesian Ridgeback

We’ve talked about this handsome breed before, but never done a proper breed guide, so it’s time to put that right. Despite an image as a fierce lion hunter, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a good-natured breed. This interesting breed with its distinctive ‘ridgeback’ needs an experienced handler. History of Breed: The Rhodesian Ridgeback originated in southern…

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Alabama Rot – How Worried Should We Be?

Alabama rot is making headlines once again. Understandably, dog owners are very concerned about what seems to be an unexplained disease without a cure. In this article, we look into Alabama rot, most importantly examining the risk it poses to dogs here in the UK. Alabama rot has affected Greyhounds in the US since the…

Westleigh Bedroom. Dog-friendly B&B.

Dog-friendly B&B Delights in the Heart of Devon

Many readers of our articles will be aware that Gilbertson & Page has long been owned by the Ware family, with several family members being well-known faces in canine circles. What’s less well appreciated is that there’s another, distinctly dog-focused, side to the family’s activities in the shape of Westleigh, a rather special Bed &…

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Reading Canine Body Language

Learning about canine body language can help you bond with your dog. It can also help you understand other dogs that may not be so familiar to you. Knowing when to approach other dogs and when to stay away can keep you safe whilst out and about. Here we examine some dog body language and…

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Breed Profile – English Bulldog

The pugnacious Bulldog is the focus of our latest breed profile. Full of character and fighting spirit, it became a symbol of Britain and remains popular today. History of Breed: The Bulldog’s origins lie in the ancient ‘entertainment’ of bull baiting, which was introduced by the Normans and used short thick-set versions of mastiff-type breeds. Thankfully,…

Canine Playtime – Learning Through Play

Dog training in the UK has thankfully developed a more positive and science-based basis when compared to the often rather harsh training methods of the past. Training now involves much more learning through play, fun and games. Furthermore, canine playtime is a great opportunity to provide physical and mental stimulation and bond with humans and…

Supporting Dogs and Dog Owners

For decades, Gilbertson & Page has been supporting lots of organisations and events across the canine world. Whether it’s our long-term role as principal sponsor of the International Sheep Dog Society or supporting a one-off event for a dog rescue charity, where there’s been a good reason for us to lend a hand, we have.…