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Dogs Aren't Just For Christmas - Responsibilities of Dog Ownership

With all the hype during the lead up to Christmas, it's often easy for some of us to get carried away in the festivities! Whilst we all want to be able to give our loved ones exactly what they want on the big day, it's not always the most feasible option. Pet abandonment has been found to increase significantly over the Christmas period, and also in the months of March and April, a few months after Christmas when the kittens and puppies which were given as presents have grown up a bit.

Friday, 27th November 2015

Yawning: Not just a Human Mechanism

Although yawning is a sensation we have all experienced at some point or another, be it through boredom, lack of sleep, or even just because the person sat next to you is yawning too. Despite the fact that we all do it, scientists are still unsure as to why exactly it happens. Although they can't explain the reasons behind it, some have developed theories as to why we find it so contagious, and not only us humans, but our animals too!

Thursday, 19th November 2015

The Science Behind Pavlovian Conditioning

Classical conditioning was a major influence on the school of thought in psychology known as behaviourism. Behaviourism is based on the assumption that learning occurs through interactions with the environment.

Wednesday, 18th November 2015

The Various Lives of Working Dogs

Dogs have long been considered 'man's best friend' and part of that is no doubt due to the various ways they've been able to help us throughout the years, with everything from hunting and catching our food, to assisting the visually impaired in gaining more freedom and independence in their daily lives. So, here at helpucover, we've created an article to explain some of the most common tasks we so regularly get our dogs to help us out with, and also explain what it is these jobs entail.

Friday, 13th November 2015

Pet Hacks

It's not always easy having a pet in the family, between feeding, training and making sure they get all of the attention they need, it can sometimes feel like you spend the majority of your time worrying about them rather than enjoying them!

Thursday, 29th October 2015