Kennel Club
Kennel Club #BanShockCollars campaign set to be won in England
The Kennel Club is delighted that, following a meeting with Rt Hon Michael Gove and Ross Thomson MP just last week, it is understood that a ban on both the sale and use of shock collars is to be announced across the UK shortly, following a consultation period on the terms of such a ban, including a total import ban and a possible amnesty.
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Five Hero Dogs
Five Hero Dogs Named as Finalists in hero dog awards
Judges from the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, have selected five inspiring finalists to go forward for the public vote, with the winner being announced in the Genting Arena at the Birmingham NEC on the final day of Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show, on Sunday 11th March. These five dog heroes are just some of the dogs celebrated at the show for the ways that they enrich our lives.
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New partner
The Kennel Club announce Purina PRO Plan as their new partner in pet nutrition
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to be working with Purina PRO Plan who share many of the same beliefs as the Kennel Club in terms of responsible dog breeding through the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme and the important role that our canine companions play in our society.
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Foreign Secretary backs call to ban
Foreign Secretary backs call to ban shock collars
In a video posted on Ross Thomson MP’s twitter account, the Foreign Secretary states: “I am absolutely shocked to discover that electric collars are being used on dogs as utensils of discipline and education. There are far better ways of training your dog. Just as you don’t need to cane children anymore, we’ve moved on from that – let’s move on from electric shock dog collars.”
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Kennel Club welcomes consultation
Kennel Club welcomes consultation on third-party puppy sale ban
The Kennel Club, whose own regulations explicitly ban the sale of puppies to third parties, has long called for an end to the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third party retailers, as puppy farmers often use such outlets to sell their pups to unsuspecting members of the public who never see the terrible conditions that the pups were raised in.
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Say bonjour
Say bonjour to the UK’s newest pedigree dog – the Barbet
Following the ‘entente chaleureuse’ established between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron at last week’s summit in London, Anglo-French relations in the world of dogs also look set to become even more cordial after official recognition of an ancient French breed in the UK.
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6 Steps to Prepare for Getting A Kitten

The preciousness of a new kitten is hard to deny. When those big eyes look up at you trustingly, your heart will melt. Kittens are overwhelmingly cute, it’s true, but they are also a pet with needs. From stocking up with kitten-friendly foods to setting up safe places for your new kitten to explore, here...

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The preciousness of a new kitten is hard to deny. When those big eyes look up at you trustingly, your heart will melt. Kittens are overwhelmingly cute, it’s true, but they are also a pet with needs. From stocking up with kitten-friendly foods to setting up safe places for your new kitten to explore, here...

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The preciousness of a new kitten is hard to deny. When those big eyes look up at you trustingly, your heart will melt. Kittens are overwhelmingly cute, it’s true, but they are also a pet with needs. From stocking up with kitten-friendly foods to setting up safe places for your new kitten to explore, here are 6 steps to prepare for getting a new kitten:

1. Kitten-Friendly Supplies

Before introducing a kitten to their new home, stocking up on the kitty essentials is—well—essential! There are some things that are specific to kitten needs like a litter box with lower sides so they can climb into it easier, kitten-safe foods, and toys that don’t present a choking hazard.

Some great toy options are often things you might already have in your home. This can include tennis balls, cardboard toilet paper tubes, empty shoe boxes and more. These household items can entertain your new kitten for a long while (and are ok in being destroyed!). Veterinarians will also have great recommendations for your new furry fluff ball.

2. A Space Just for Them

When a kitten enters a new space, they want to feel welcome. Safety is important for your kitten, but sectioning off a space just for them is important for your stuff too. Kittens are curious and unintentionally a little destructive. They will get into mischief, especially if you’re not home. Find a space suitable for your kittens’ food, water, litter box and toys, and move away things that are valuable or fragile from that area.

3. Safety Checks Around the House

Beyond their own personal space, you want your kitten to explore their new environment. This means making sure they don’t hurt themselves in the process. Close your toilet lid (they will think it’s a giant water bowl and might fall in!), remove plants that are poisonous, hide your cleaning supplies, and secure your door and window screens so your kitten doesn’t accidentally wander outside unsupervised.

4. Kitten Furniture

To live a comfortable cat life, kittens need a bed and a scratching post. However, kittens may be initially wishy-washy about their new beds and will likely choose different places to sleep. Consider starting simple with an old cushion and a washable cover. You can also create siding with a cardboard box and line with an old sweater. It may not look pretty, but spending too much money on a bed that won’t be used isn’t pretty either!

Scratching posts are used as a form of exercise for a cat, so they can stretch out their long limbs. The scratching post should be encouraged as soon as your kitten gets home, so it doesn’t think about using its nails on other furniture items in your house.

5. Identification

If you’re bringing a new kitten out and about, some suggest having a collar with the proper registration and contact information (though your kitten may find a way to get it off them!) or getting them microchipped. Kittens as young as 8 weeks old are microchipped, and it’s considered a safe procedure with very limited risk. When a kitten is microchipped, it is supposed to last a lifetime.

6. After the Kitten Has Arrived

Once you finally bring your kitten home, that is when the fun begins! This is the time to let your kitten feel comfortable in their new surroundings and ensure their safety and wellbeing. You may find that things you thought were “cat proof” are not, and you’ll have to reevaluate. Within a few days of arrival, experts suggest bringing your kitten to the vet for a physical exam. This is a great opportunity for your kitten to be introduced to people in a pet-friendly environment.

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