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The Kennel Club UK - 

Dogs Trust -

Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust, formerly known as the National Canine Defence League, has always campaigned on dog-welfare issues to ensure a safe and happy future for our four-legged friends.
It has rehoming centres throughout the UK. You can search their website to see what dogs they have available for rehoming from your local centre.

Our local centre (open 12 noon - 4 pm) is in Ballymena:
  • Fairview, 60 Teeshan Road, Ballymena, BT43 5PN  ( Tel 028 2565 2977 )
Join as a member (£25, or £12.50 for over 60s) and get 3rd party insurance for your dog – up to £1,000,000 per claim if your dog causes damage or injury to another person, their property or pets. (An excess applies.)

Sound Therapy For Pets
Is your dog terrified by fireworks, disturbed by washing machine, vacuum cleaner, kids screaming, ...etc.? Then download sound files to help desensitise your pet.

Dog Walking/Sitting

Are you unable to walk your dog or do you just want to give it stimulation during your absence? 

The-Dog-Walker service operates in South and East Belfast, and North Down. Call Liz on 077 9462 4340.

Also in South and East Belfast, FurryPals offers a dog walking, dog minding and pet taxi service. Call Janice on 077 6318 0896
Happy Tailz offer dog walking and pet sitting services in North Belfast & Newtownabbey.
Call Lisa or Pauline on 074 4540 7587 or 077 7578 6417 or email

Sirius Dog Training

Named after the Dog Star, Sirius, this is Dr Ian Dunbar's excellent website. Visit it for training and behaviour advice for new puppies and for older dogs. Useful articles are available from the drop-down menus at the top of the screen. You may have to register to get full access, but it's a trustworthy site and well worth visiting. Highly recommended. 

Veterinary Surgeries

A full list of veterinary surgeries in Northern Ireland by County ,

The nearest practices to the club:
  • Ashwood Vets, 71 Comber Road, Dundonald. 028 9041 9374;
  • Gortlands, 162 Gilnahirk Road. 028 9079 6005;
  • Commons Brae, 188 Saintfield Road. 028 9079 9500;
  • Cedar Grove, 132 Upper Knockbreda Rd. 028 9079 8457;
  • Earlswood, 193 Belmont Road. 028 9047 1361;
  • City Vets, Ravenhill Business Park. 028 9073 1958;

  • Of these, City Vets appears to give the best value (when I checked - do your own checking for updated prices) charging £24 for routine annual vaccination and £12 for micro-chipping. They also publish their prices up-front on their site; not many do that!

Pets at Home have a store at the Sprucefield Shopping Park, Lisburn. It is right beside Boots and M&S at Sprucefield, and also houses a grooming shop and a vets that is open 7 days a week with no weekend surcharges.

Other Local Training Clubs

Our club meets on Wednesday evenings. If this doesn’t suit or the venue is too distant, there are other dog training clubs that you can contact in the Greater Belfast area. (Google them!)

  • Castlereagh and District Dog Training Club 
  • Venue: Band Hall at junction of the Ballycoan/Upper Mealough Roads, Wednesday nights 7pm. 
  • Down District Dog Training Club 
  • Venue: Hillsborough, Monday and Thursday evenings.
  • Glandore Dog Training Club of Ulster 
  • Venue 1: The Orange Hall, Mallusk, Monday nights, 7pm.
  • Venue 2: The Redburn Community Centre, Jackson's Road, Holywood, Friday nights 7pm
  • Glencraig Canine Training (Lisburn & District DTC)
  • Moneybroom Road, Lisburn 
  • Belfast Dog Show Society 
  • Not an "obedience" training club. Ring-craft classes for showing your dog at breed shows.

Animal Training at Seaworld -
At Seaworld all training is based on reinforcing desired behaviors. When an animal performs a particular behavior and the consequences of that behavior are in some ways reinforcing (rewarding) to that animal, the animal is likely to repeat that behavior. You can do this with your dog! Reward the good, ignore the bad.

Clicker Training Basics -

Dog Owners Guide,

An American site with many free articles organised alphabetically (index) or by topic (topic.) Well worth a look!

How long is my dog likely to live, and what is it likely to die of?
A Report from the Kennel Club, British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Scientific Committee
Summary results of the Purebred Dog Health Survey

Dog Origins 
For an excellent summary of the current thoughts within academia about dog origins:

This cites a paper The Origin of the Dog Revisited by Janice Koler-Matznick that concludes ... 
“The hypothesis that (best) fits the available evidence is that the first domestic dogs descended from a species of medium-sized generalist canid, ... that voluntarily adopted the pariah niche and remained commensal for an extensive period before some populations became truly domesticated."

For a good introduction to science and evolution generally, see the National Academies site:   Why not download a free copy of their ebook?

Dog Spies
This resource is an extensive set of dog-related articles (blogs) from Scientific American magazine.

100 Silliest Things People Say About Dogs
Alexandra Semyonova’s book "100 Silliest Things People Say About Dogs" is one that you really really should read. It explodes the 100 most common myths about dogs, their nature, their behaviour and how to treat them; dispels the dominance theory and the dire consequences this has had for dogs, and replaces it with conclusions drawn from twenty years of researching and directly observing real dog behaviour.

Seriously, as one reviewer on Amazon said “this is a book to be evangelical about.” It’s that good!
To see more visit Semyonova’s site, 

Breeding, over-breeding, and buying a pup
Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Chihuahuas, Griffon Bruxellois and other small dogs are prized for their tall foreheads and compact doll-like skulls, reported “The Times”.
However, scientists led by Dr Clare Rusbridge of the University of Surrey have used MRI imaging techniques to analyse their over-bred skulls and found that in some cases their brains are so squashed that the part that is meant to be at the bottom (the cerebellum and brain stem) has been pushed down under the forebrain and into an opening in the base of the skull.

In humans this condition is known as Chiari Malformation (CM) and is associated with neck pain, balance problems, muscle weakness, limb numbness and cripplingly intense headaches. It is hoped that the research will enable breeders to select only healthy dogs and encourage the public to buy only from those breeders.
(“The Week”, 1st March 2014. )

        "Once a breed is acknowledged as a breed, the gene pool effectively closes."

How to buy a pup?

For a start, don't support puppy farms. (And don't get conned into thinking that you are rescuing puppy-farmed dogs. That too supports the puppy farms.)

Always see the pup with its mother and other pups in their home environment. Ask about the health and longevity of the adult dogs. Look at the temperament of the adults. You want a good companion dog - a cross or mongrel might have the better temperament, but is unlikely to be able to breed in this world of show-focused dog-breeding.

Moneysaving and Dogs (October 2019)

The Martin Lewis website, , has produced a page that you might find useful:   Moneysaving for dog owners