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Latest Blog posts

Is your dog overweight? Why blowing three pips on a whistle is the NUMBER ONE thing you need to know!

Posted: November 3rd, 2021

Overweight dogs are becoming as much as a problem as overweight people. Carrying too much weight puts added pressure on the vital organs and the ball joints of the dog. Know your breed of dog and make sure you keep a consistent weight for the dog (it can’t do it by itself). Hopefully, it will

5 Tips to help keep your dog calm this 5th November!

Posted: October 26th, 2021

Bonfire Night isn’t that far away, and every 5 November we can hear the sound of rockets and sparklers – bangs and hisses that can upset your your dog – or indeed all pets.  With this in mind, here are 5 tips from the team at Seeing Dogs to help keep your pets safe and

Five Tips to avoid a ‘Howl-oween’ on 31st October

Posted: October 25th, 2021

With Halloween just around the corner, many will be looking forward to the prospect of tasty treats we are seeing advertised right now. However, please remember our four-legged friends can’t eat many of the treats enjoyed during Halloween. This holiday poses a number of health risks to dogs, from eating sweets and chocolate – which

Another True ‘Tail’ of Dogs on Trains by Neil Ewart, Trustee, Seeing Dog Alliance

Posted: October 16th, 2021

In 1875, a clerk, who worked at the parcel office of a railway station in Manchester, received a visit from a highly irate man.  He asked if a dog that he had previously brought to the station to be sent on to the Liverpool Dog Show had been despatched to Liverpool on the 11.15 train,

A True ‘Tail’ of Dogs on Trains by Neil Ewart, Trustee, Seeing Dog Alliance

Posted: October 13th, 2021

If you  travel with your Seeing Dog, or indeed any dog, on the train, how is your journey? I hope do hope it runs smoothly so everyone has a stress free and enjoyable experience. However, travelling with any animal always requires due care and attention and I thought you would be interested to read about a

7 tips to protect your Seeing Dog – or any dog! – from ‘dognappers’!

Posted: October 8th, 2021

During Victorian times dog thieves were rampant around the streets of London. They operated very closely with ‘dog finders’ and ‘dog restorers’ who charged fees of their own for the safe return of the stolen dogs.  Then there were the street sellers of dogs, some of whose animals may well have been the by-products of

Part Two of the History of Guide Dog or Seeing Dog use by Neil Ewart, Trustee, The Seeing Dogs Alliance

Posted: October 3rd, 2021

In Part One of my blog, I wrote about the history of guide dogs in the 1800’s.  Let’s now look at how things changed thereafter… A key point was the exemption from the excise licence granted by Parliament in Great Britain to shepherds’ dogs and those kept by the blind as guides, which suggests the

So how and when, did the use of dogs by the visually impaired first begin? Seeing Dogs’ Trustee, Neil Ewart, tells all

Posted: October 1st, 2021

Guide Dogs are trained throughout the world, and it is sometimes tempting to assume that it is still relatively new. This is not unreasonable, as it is well known that the first, truly scientific work training of dogs to lead the blind was undertaken in Germany during World War One and throughout the twentieth century

5 Top Tips to ‘autumn-proof’ you and your Seeing Dog

Posted: September 28th, 2021

Autumn is a wonderful time of year, but it presents Seeing Dog owners with the challenge of ‘autumn-proofing’ their four-legged friends. Here are 5 top tips to help ‘autumn-proof’ your Seeing Dog in the coming months whilst still being able to enjoy the season: – 1. Ticks and parasites Ticks can still be active in

Blog by Seeing Dog newbie, Rosa

Posted: September 20th, 2021

Hello, my name is Rosa – ‘Rosie’ for short to my friends. I am the new Seeing Dogs trainee and I am 10 weeks old. Let me tell you about myself. I’m a bit of a mix as my Mum is a Golden Retriever and Dad is a Labrador. I think I have taken after

Seeing Dog etiquette – 5 things to remember

Posted: September 10th, 2021

The UK is a nation of pet lovers. In the UK, it’s estimated that 12 million (44 percent of) households have pets, with around 51 million pets owned, according to estimated figures from the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA). So, when we see a Seeing Dog in a public place like a coffee shop, a


Posted: September 9th, 2021

It is often said that troubles come in threes. Well, it’s true – at least, it was for me back in the spring. Census time was approaching and the Government had provided a helpline for those like me who cannot manage digital or paper to complete the census over the phone. What a good idea,