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Top Tips To Calm Your Dog on Bonfire Night

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How well do you know your dog? You can probably tell when they’re feeling happy, excited, bored – or even just hungry! But how about when something isn’t quite right?

It’s important to be able to recognise what’s wrong; and during fireworks season, you might find your poor pooch is a lot more jumpy and anxious than usual!

Your dog’s super-sensitive hearing can make the noises feel much worse and incredibly scary! With their incredible hearing, your dog will be able to hear loud noises from much further away than you can – what you can hear at 20 feet, your dog can hear from 80 feet away!

It’s normal and common for your dog to be scared or sensitive around fireworks and unexpected noises. A pooch who’s feeling anxious, nervous or frightened, will often show behaviour such as:

  • Clinging to you
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Keeping their ears pinned back
  • Hiding or cowering
  • Barking or whining
  • Pacing, panting or drooling
  • Trying to run away
  • Messing inside the house – even when house trained

A comfy, familiar environment is always best if your pooch feels uncertain! Sensitive dogs may enjoy the calm feeling of being able to go somewhere small and dark. Teach them to use it in advance by encouraging them to go there to rest, fill it with their favourite toys, blankets, bedding and by often putting chews and tasty treats in there for them to find. This will make them feel safe and secure.

Unexpected flashes and loud sounds are enough to make anyone jump! With their expert senses, your dog will be able to hear much more than you can, so even if the fireworks don’t seem loud to you, fireworks noises can be much worse for dogs and your dog may still find them scary!

If you can, it helps to mask fireworks noises and flashes by:

  • Keeping your dog inside (walk them earlier in the day when it’s still light)
  • Closing doors, windows and curtains.
  • Turn on the radio/tv to mask the noise.

Try to create a ‘happy’ atmosphere by being relaxed, playing games, offering treats and avoid getting cross with your dog. It often helps to:

  • Speak softly and calmly
  • Give them a food puzzle or new toy as a distraction
  • Encourage play to tire out your pooch

Also it is very important your pooch is microchipped and wearing a collar incase they run off scared, this is a very natural reaction!

Have you got any tips to help your dogs during firework season? Let us know in the comments!

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Doctor Who: David Tennant and Catherine Tate to return

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David Tennant and Catherine Tate are to return to Doctor Who, the BBC has confirmed.

The pair are currently filming for the sci-fi show’s 60th anniversary, which it will celebrate in 2023.

Tennant played the 10th Doctor on the time travel drama from 2005-2010, while Tate played companion Donna Noble. Tennant and Tate’s involvement means they will be reunited with returning Doctor Who head writer Russell T Davies.

Davies, who was in charge of Doctor Who when it was successfully revived in 2005, left at the same time as Tennant. Their last episode together was broadcast in 2010.

Tennant has briefly returned before, joining then-Doctor Matt Smith for the programme’s 50th anniversary in 2013.

Davies has teased fans, saying: “Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. The only thing I can confirm is that it’s going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime.”

Tennant and Tate’s 2008 series of Doctor Who is the most successful that the show has had since its revival in 2005, with an average audience of more than eight million viewers per episode.

Are you excited to see their return?

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Eurovision 2022: How Sam Ryder Turned Things Around For the UK

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Sam Ryder has said the “stigma” about the UK’s Eurovision performance has finally been “destroyed” after he brought home our best result in 24 years.

The singer led the UK to second place during Saturday night’s Song Contest in Turin, Italy, with his song ‘Space Man’.

It was the the highest the UK has placed since 1998, when Imaani’s ‘Where Are You?’ finished just behind Israel’s Dana International, who won with her song Diva.

In the years since, Britain has suffered a number of embarrassment moments, receiving the dreaded “nul points” in 2003 with Jemini’s ‘Cry Baby’ and in 2021 with James Newman’s ‘Embers’.

However, the public overwhelmingly backed Ukraine, who won the competition with 631 points on the leaderboard, with the UK securing 466 points.

Winning the 2022 Eurovision trophy is a hugely emotional and symbolic victory for Ukraine in the contest’s 66th year as the conflict continues.

The nation’s president Volodymyr Zelensky responded: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe.

“We will do our best to one day host the participants and guests of Eurovision in Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt.”

The results had many fans in sheer disbelief on social media, while prime minister Boris Johnson said he was “incredibly proud” of Sam and how “he brilliantly represented the UK”.

You’re the winner in our eyes Sam, well done!

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Eurovision 2022: Sam Ryder Odds Rocket Ahead of Eurovision Final

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The UK’s Eurovision 2022 entry Sam Ryder has closed in on Ukraine in the winner odds after his performance in the jury semi final.

The TikTok star blew away the audience who flocked to the Pala Olimpico arena in Turin, Italy to see the second jury semi final. The reaction to Sam’s act and his amazing performance have now got plenty of fans and experts predicting he is going to push Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra all the way on Saturday night.

Last week , Sam was sitting in fourth place in the Eurovision odds with his song ‘Space Man’ but, after his second rehearsal in Turin received a rave reaction from press over in Italy and fans and he was given a huge advantage by being drawn in the second half of the Eurovision final, he soared up to second.

The Ukraine currently have a 59% chance of winning and the UK 11%. Sweden and Italy then currently stand as third and fourth favourites at 9% and 6% respectively. Our odds have improved even more so since too as the UK have been announced to perform fourth from last, number 22, which has been the winning performance slot two years in a row.

On May 3 2022 it became exactly 25 years to the day since the UK’s last triumph in Eurovision, when Katrina & the Waves topped the leaderboard in Ireland with their anthemic track Love Shine A Light. Since then, there’s been little to shout about. The UK has always been on the wrong side of the leaderboard, with us consistently finishing at or near the bottom. And last year proved a particularly bitter pill to swallow when James Newman came last on zero points, having received nothing from either the juries or televote.

Check out Sam’s song here:

Who do you think will win?

Watch Eurovision Song Contest 2022 – Grand Final this Saturday (May 14) at 8pm GMT on BBC1.

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