Gemma Johnstone

Gemma is a freelance writer and official dog nut. With 15 years of experience in the pet industry, she is a passionate animal welfare advocate. She has worked for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ran her own specialist dog shop for ten years, has volunteered for her local rescue shelter, and is studying towards completing an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour. Gemma is currently travelling around Europe with her wonderful rescue dog, Annie.


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Latest Articles From This Author

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15 Ways to Get Rid of a Dog Smell in the House Fast

ContentsQuick Answer15 Home Remedies For Getting Rid of a Dog Smell in the House Fast1. Air Out Your Home2. Wash Dog Bedding Regularly3. Clean Your Dog’s Toys4. Vacuum Carpets (At ... Read more
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Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes? (Raw, Cooked & Fries)

ContentsQuick AnswerCan Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes?Nutritional Benefits of Sweet Potatoes for DogsAre There Any Dangers to Dogs Eating Sweet Potato?1. Linked to Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)?2. High Glycemic Index3. High ... Read more
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Can Dogs Eat Poppy Seeds?

Poppy seeds may be packed with vitamins and minerals, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe for dogs to eat. Read on to discover why you shouldn’t let your dog eat ... Read more
Dog rolling on his back

Why Do Dogs Roll On Their Backs?

There are many reasons why your dog might roll on his or her back. Here’s an overview of the most common reasons, along with tips for identifying the most likely ... Read more
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What to Do When You Adopt a Puppy: A Guide to the First Week

As exciting as it can be to welcome a puppy into your home, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the demands of a new family member. Read on for tips ... Read more
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New Puppy Checklist: Essential Items For Your New Pup!

New puppies need a surprising amount of gear! From fun puppy toys to a high-quality crate, choosing the right products ensures your dog is comfortable, happy, and safe. On the ... Read more
Dog licking his paw

Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws? 10 Causes of Excessive Licking

The occasional paw lick is probably nothing to worry about. It might not seem hygienic by human standards, but licking is a natural behavior that dogs use for self-grooming and ... Read more
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Can Dogs Eat Radishes?

Radishes make a crunchy addition to salads. But can dogs eat radishes? Or should your canine friend avoid this root vegetable? Read on to find out more. The radish is ... Read more
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Can Dogs Eat Spinach?

Spinach is a leafy green that’s considered a superfood due to its vitamin and mineral content. But is spinach safe for your dog to eat? Read on to find out. ... Read more
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Can Dogs Eat Beets? (And When You Should Be Concerned)

Beetroot, commonly called beet, is a root vegetable containing plenty of nutrients. But can dogs eat beets? Or are they toxic to our canine friends? Read on to find out ... Read more
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Are Rose Bushes or Petals Poisonous to Dogs?

The good news is that roses are not poisonous to dogs. Eating a small amount of rose petals or foliage isn’t likely to cause medical problems for your pet. This ... Read more
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Can Dogs Eat Black Olives? (And When To Be Concerned)

Black and green olives are popular appetizers, salad additions, or table snacks. But should you be worried if your dog snaffles one when you’re not looking? Read on to find ... Read more
Dog feeling hot

How to Keep Your Dog Cool in Summer: 9 Easy Cooling Tips!

Every dog owner looks forward to summer walks and sunny days in the garden. It’s easy to underestimate how quickly dogs can overheat though! Here’s how to keep your dog ... Read more
Happy puppy touching human hands

How to Bond With Your Puppy: 10 Fun and Loving Tips for Bonding

Developing a strong bond with your puppy helps them settle in and gain confidence. They’ll also be more receptive to training. Read on for tips on how to bond with ... Read more
Cute dog tilting head

Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

We don’t know exactly why dogs tilt their head, but there are several strong theories. Here’s an overview of the most likely reasons for head tilting – including when you ... Read more
Red, yellow and green bell peppers

Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers (Green, Yellow and Red)?

ContentsQuick AnswerAre Bell Peppers Safe for Dogs to Eat?How to Prepare Bell Peppers for a DogHow Many Bell Peppers Can Dogs Eat?Introduce Bell Peppers in Small QuantitiesAvoid Feeding Too ManyNutritional ... Read more
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Can Dogs Eat Cooked Mushrooms? (And When To Contact a Vet)

Shop bought mushrooms are low-calorie and packed with vitamins and minerals. But can your dog eat cooked mushrooms? And what are the risks if they eat raw or wild mushrooms? ... Read more
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10 Dog Safe Flowers That are Non-Toxic for Your Pooch

A surprising number of flowers are toxic to dogs. If you love to fill your home with fresh blooms, or want to select dog safe flowers for your garden, read ... Read more
Dog eating grass

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass Frantically? [Causes and Prevention]

Many people think dogs eat grass because they feel unwell. But is this the whole truth? Or are there other potential reasons? Read on to find out why dogs eat ... Read more
Dog on a couch

Why Does My Dog Lick The Couch and Other Furniture?

Have you noticed your dog licking the couch or other furniture? In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most common reasons for couch licking, along with tips for preventing ... Read more