A dog day out: dog activity trail at Lee Valley Park

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Spring time, (dog) walks time. Accomplice the unexpected sunny weather, my husband, our furry companion and I headed to Lee Valley Park in Hertfordshire, where we enjoyed a very a nice walk and dog agility course!

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Lost Dog: a handy contact list

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In the The Londog’s latest blogpost I talked about ten tips to prevent dog loss. What if you lost your dog? Reacting quickly increases your chances to reunite with your pooch. And having a handy guide and knowing where to start, instead of beginning to look for the relevant phone numbers from scratch, would save you precious time! For this reason I put together a list of handy contact details for you I will share with you in this blog post.

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10 Tips to Prevent Losing Your Dog

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One of the worst nightmares, for dog owners, is that their beloved dog goes missing.

The Dogs Trust’s Stray Dogs Survey 2015 estimated that, over 2014-2015, 102,363 stray dogs were handled by local authority dog wardens and environmental health officers (47,000 of which were deemed abandoned, though). According to the Survey, between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015, around 50% of collected dogs were reunited with their owners, 22% passed to welfare organisations or dog kennels for rehoming, while a reputed number of 5,142 dogs was put to sleep by local authorities (around 5%).

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Dog Microchipping: Compulsory from 6 April 2016

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According to the Explanatory Memorandum to the The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, it is estimated that there are about 7.3 million dogs in (the sole) England, of which about 66% microchipped. On 6th April 2016, an obligation to microchip dogs came into force in England. Read more about it in this blog post.

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