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# Dogs

This month
March 2023
Dog behaviourist: Dogs are complex - here are some tips on communicating with them
Suzi Walsh looks at the emotional makeup of dogs and offers some advice on how best to read their behaviour.
Last month
February 2023
# Dogs Trust Ireland
Dogs Trust Ireland sees a stark increase in post-Christmas surrender requests
The charity is urgently appealing to anyone who can help, as they are facing a “rehoming crisis”.
# greyhound racing ireland
Dogs found dumped in Kildare bog likely suffered 'traumatic injuries'
Tests and post mortems have thrown renewed spotlight on the greyhound racing industry.
This year
# Animal Welfare
Over 100 dogs currently on waiting list to be surrendered to DSPCA
The charity told The Journal that it has also seen an increase in the number of older dogs being surrendered to the shelter.
# working group
Working group established around dog control and ownership after recent 'harrowing scenes'
The Agriculture Minister said ‘the harrowing scenes we have witnessed recently show the threat dogs can pose’.
Last year
Dog behaviourist: Tips for keeping your pooch safe and well this Christmas
Suzi Walsh has some tips for dog owners who want things to run smoothly over the holidays.
Dog behaviourist: Why Christmas is the worst time to get a puppy
Suzi Walsh looks at the controversial Christmas puppy market and says it should be avoided at all costs.
# Dogs
McConalogue writes to Cabinet in effort to tighten laws around control of dogs
This comes after a young boy was attacked by a dog in Co Wexford last month.
# dspca
DSPCA seeking more volunteers due to 'concerning' surge in surrendered pet rabbits and dogs
The animal welfare charity describes the number of surrendered dogs as ‘unprecedented’.
# ruff night ahead
Dogs Trust urges owners to watch out for their dog's safety and welfare on Halloween night
The charity said 31 October can be ‘the worst night of the year’ for canine companions.
Dog behaviourist: Tips and tricks for keeping your dog calm and safe this Halloween
Dog expert Suzi Walsh says the most important thing this Halloween is to keep your dog calm.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you a dog person?
This week in our Voices column, a dog trainer talks about communicating with your canine companion.
Dog behaviourist: Yes, you can 'speak dog' - some tips for learning
Getting to know your dog’s behaviour will increase your bond, says dog expert Suzi Walsh.
# Animal Welfare
Oireachtas Committee recommends ban on owning dogs with cropped ears
At present there is no law in place against owning a dog with cropped ears.
# Liverpool
Woman dies after being attacked by dogs at property in Liverpool
Merseyside Police has launched an investigation into the incident.
Dogs can sniff out the scent of stress, new study from Belfast researchers suggests
Researchers say the skill could be useful when training service dogs and therapy dogs.
# Animal Welfare
Owners leaving dogs at shelters citing mental health issues, housing problems and cost of living
Animals in pounds that can’t be rehomed are often put down.
# debunked
Debunked: Is it potentially dangerous to give dogs ice during high temperatures?
A viral post shared thousands of times during the heatwave warned against giving K9s ice, but is it true?
# Los Angeles
US authorities offer almost €5,000 reward for man accused of shooting Lady Gaga’s dogwalker
James Howard Jackson, 19, is also one of three men charged with stealing two of the popstar’s French bulldogs in 2021.
Opinion: Legislation must be improved so that seized puppies can be rehomed
Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan says an outdated law means that young dogs found in dire need cannot be rehomed for some time.
# Your Say
Poll: Should dogs be banned from Blue Flag beaches during peak times in summer?
Dedicated areas for dogs on leads will be established.
# Offaly
Gardaí launch investigation to find burglars who stole eight dogs and drowned two puppies
The incident happened when a dog breeder’s kennel was broken into.
# dog fouling
Dog fouling emerges as main cause of swimming bans in Dublin last year
A new report shows all four notices issued by Dublin City Council last year were linked to dog fouling events.
All time
# dog is for life
'Do your research' before choosing to get a pet this Christmas, DSPCA says
Many animals are often surrendered or simply abandoned after the festive season.
# pandemic
'A very unique year': Big drop in the number of dogs destroyed at Irish pounds in 2020
171 dogs were put to sleep in pounds last year.
Opinion: Dog fouling is driving Ireland's residents barking mad
Fianna Fáil TD Cormal Devlin says we need greater education and enforcement when it comes to the growing scourge of dog fouling.
Opinion: A plea to dogowners - keep them on the lead?
Dublin resident Ken Cowley has had enough of dodging other people’s pets while out walking with his family.
# woof few weeks
Joe Biden’s dogs back at White House after banishment ended
One of the canines injured a Secret Service agent and they were sent to Delaware.
# bonzo's back
Agriculture minister relaunches 'Bonzo the dog' ad from 1984 to warn against sheep worrying
The ad was originally broadcast in 1984.
Pete the Vet: Top 10 things to consider if you're getting a new pet
Dr Pete Wedderburn says there are many things to consider when you’re planning to get a new pet, but for now, he has 10 tips.
ISPCA shuts down illegal puppy farm in Offaly
Over 60 dogs were surrendered.
# Homeward Bound
Dog reunited with owners after going missing for over three years
Lola, a black Labrador, vanished from a fenced garden in 2017.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19: Australian researchers begin training sniffer dogs to detect virus in infected patients
14 dogs are being trained as part of a feasibility study.
# baldoyle
Gardaí seize 32 dogs worth more than €150,000 in Dublin
The seizure was made in the Baldoyle area of north Dublin today.
# Sold a pup
Dogs Trust Ireland warns many people are unwittingly buying dogs bred on puppy farms
A new campaign aims to warn people about the cruelty involved in online dog purchases.
Opinion: Let's celebrate the dog - man's best friend in a pandemic
Tom Inglis and his Wheaten terrier, Pepe, lived together for eighteen years. Here, he pays tribute to Pepe and all the furry friends who have helped us through 2020.
# Animal Cruelty
Abandoned dog 'in safe hands' after being rescued from locked crate by ISPCA
It was unclear how long the dog was kept in the crate.
# Rescued
Seven Pomeranian puppies rescued from car boot after gardaí apprehend speeding motorist
The puppies have been transferred to the care of the Kildare & West Wicklow SPCA.
# lockdown pets
Numbers of dogs being surrendered rising again with return to work and school
Last month Dogs Trust received the highest number of surrender request calls from dog owners since April.
# Dublin
Gardaí seize 32 stolen dogs following searches in Swords
Dog wardens said the monetary value of the dogs would be in excess of €120,000.