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Pets Corner: Dogs that eat poo

Dogs that eat poo can be one of the most distressing and frustrating of behaviour issues.  However, although disgusting and anti-social for us humans, coprophagia is normal dog behaviour. The fact is, for many dogs poo is just another food source. It is thought the ability to eat poo might be a hardwired remnant of ancestral wolf behaviour, where faeces of the young, old or maimed would be eaten by other pack members to stop parasite infestation in the den. In addition, dogs probably evolved alongside mankind precisely because human food waste and faeces presented an easy source of nourishment. In some cultures puppies are still used as ‘baby wipes’, licking bottoms clean! Studies even show that dogs prefer ‘fresh’ faeces; poo more than two days old is less likely to be consumed, probably because it harbours a greater parasite load. There are various reasons where and why dogs learn to eat poo. Some pups learn in the nest by copying their mother. Whelping bitches are hardwired to eat puppy poo, to keep the nest …

Have you run out of time to get fit and healthy for this summer?

I would say absolutely not, there is still plenty of time to get your body and your mind in better shape and get you feeling really good about your summer holiday. If your fitness levels are not great at the moment, the first thing to do is start increasing your daily life movement. Getting out there and walking much as you can, lifting some heavy things, whether that’s lifting your children up or whatever it is that you do – but start moving the body. Do compound movements – these are movements that involves multiple joints. For example, when you sit down in a chair and get back up again, you’re using the knee joint, the hip joint, and you’re using the ankle joint as well. One of the things I absolutely love recommending to people is running or jogging. It’s not necessarily for everyone, but it’s a really great way of toning and what I love about it most is you immediately start seeing improvement straight off the bat. It takes about two weeks …

Health Matters:  Six Ways to Increase Self-Esteem

Last month was National Teen Self-Esteem Month and it got me thinking about the ways that we can nurture and support both our own and others’ sense of self worth and confidence. Teenagers have a lot to contend with these days, what with peer pressure, study and exam stress and the growing problem of bullying in schools. Social media can heighten the pressure to look and behave a certain way, to have the perfect body, own the latest gadget or wear the best trainers. There’s a tendency to look at others’ lives portrayed on sites like Instagram or Facebook and think that we don’t quite match up or that we aren’t good enough in some way. Teenagers are also dealing with practical, social and physical changes and of course hormones! Self-esteem is easily damaged, especially during childhood and teenage years. Of course I believe that it can be repaired and enhanced, so that as adults we can thrive, fulfill our full potential and be happy. I still think though, that preventative measures are always better than …

The Last Word: Laura Swidzinska – co-founder, Gather

Laura is one half of the duo behind Bellenden Road’s, Gather, the first refillery and sustainability hub to open in the area. Alongside her Peckhamite co-founder Tash Gorst, they’ve opened Gather to make it easier for local people to live a life which produces less waste and harm to the environment. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve been a South Londoner all my life. My Babcia (grandma in English!) has been in the same house in Balham for 70 years. I took the ‘big’ leap from SW to SE 3½ years ago. What brought you here? The greenness, shops run by locals rather than big corporates, and a quick train ride to my parents. What do you value most about the area? The community – it’s super strong here. People really care about where they live and do things together to make it better. Take the East Dulwich Forum for example – that’s where I met my friend and business partner Tash, and Gather was born. What one thing would you change? I’d …

How to encourage readers to comment on your blogs: seven ideas

So you’ve written that new blog. Now you want to encourage more and different eyes to read it: new and existing clients, prospects and referrers. Inviting and responding to comments is a great way to keep your website content fresh while engaging with your readers. Here are seven ideas to encourage comments: 1. Keep asking! Regular and consistent requests that people a) read and b) comment on your blogs may sound obvious – but it works. Of course the blogs needs to be engaging, informative and helpful… (All three? even better). Ask by email when you’re in touch with your contacts and clients, especially if the subject relates to what you’re chatting about… Ask in person too at networking and other events. 2. Return the favour… Offer to read others’ blogs and to comment on them. In the process you’ll hit on new ideas for your own business and get to know that person better too. It will be an extra talking point when you next bump into each other. What’s not to like? 3. …