Columns

COLUMN: Healthy body and smile

Summer is just around the corner and already the supermarkets are stocking up on their variety of salad and fruit produce. Nutritious foods are not only healthy for your body but also for your teeth. The health of your teeth just like your body is dependant on a good variety of foods, if your diet is low in nutrients your ...

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OPINION: Civility in political discourse

Since being honoured with a knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen, numerous people in South Holland and the Deepings and beyond have offered their congratulations. Thank you all. None mattered more than the unexpected tribute paid to me by Stephen, the son of former Labour MP, Tony Benn. He said simply: ‘My father would have been delighted’. The friendship I ...

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COLUMN: Learn dog first aid at Pinchbeck event

LINCS TRAINING COLUMN BY HELEN V.   As the summer progresses we are out more and more with our animals. At Lincs Training – Dog Training Made Easy we are always trying to educate handlers and their dogs. What would you do if your dog cut its paw whilst you were out on your walk or what would you do ...

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COLUMN: Hot weather dog dangers

We all love to be out in the lovely summer weather, but we also must think about our pets in this weather. Make sure that they have a cool or shaded area in the house and the garden so that they can rest out of the sun and make sure that they have access to plenty of fresh water, as ...

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Voice from the Wildlife – Some egg-cellent facts

by Dr Chris Andrews Visitor Experience Manager RSPB Frampton Marsh Birds are completely unlike mammals, in that they do not produce live young. They save time by avoiding pregnancy and instead lay eggs. The young bird can develop inside the protective casing, whilst the parent goes off and feeds. There is a downside of course. Eggs can be vulnerable when ...

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COLUMN: My top weight loss tips and how to keep it off

by Tracey Vowels, Lifetime Fitness Professional and Women’s Health and Wellbeing Coach Find a group of ladies around the coffee table and its almost guaranteed that at some point the subject of ‘weight loss or gain’ will be discussed. Whether it’s the latest diet that someone is on or a new gym workout aimed at fast inch loss, who’s taking ...

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COLUMN: It’s not me – it’s my owner

Invariably most of us look at things from our own point of view and not that of the dogs. Perhaps we ought to stand back and look at things from the dog’s perspective. The recall – today my owner tried calling me back; he just used my name with no command. How was I to know what he wanted? Conflicting ...

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The many benefits of taking regular exercise

by Tracey Vowels Lifetime Fitness Professional and Women’s Health and Wellbeing Coach Hello and welcome to my new monthly column. Each month I will be talking about a different topic all to do with health, fitness and wellbeing. This month I decided to talk about the benefits of exercise as we get older. As a fitness instructor for over 30 ...

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COLUMN: Ladybird, ladybird…

by Dr Chris Andrews Visitor Experience Manager RSPB Frampton Marsh The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer (the other week aside, so much snow!). And now is the time you might have a close encounter with one of our most recognisable animals, the ladybird. As if from nowhere, our houses can seem to be invaded by these ...

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COLUMN: Leadership and guidance

Many people believe that leadership and guidance is achieved by dominance over your dog; however I believe that this is a myth. All dogs need to know their boundaries in your family’s life; you therefore need to build an infrastructure in your home so that your dog understands what is required of them, in order that the whole family can ...

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Here’s why you should book your holiday early

We all know that booking your holiday early means you have the chance to get better deals and wider choices. As travel consultants, we have seen a large price increase in popular destinations like Spain and the Greek islands, especially the closer it is to the departure date. Therefore, we’re here to tell you why you should book your holiday ...

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COLUMN: A celebration – 2017 in review

It is now a New Year and time for a new start, so at Lincs Training – Dog Training Made Easy we thought we would go through our achievements of last year. We would firstly like to thank all our volunteers who have helped in varying capacities, without their help our lives would have been made much more difficult. We ...

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COLUMN: Paws for thought this Christmas

Christmas is a time for family and friends and for everyone to enjoy this time of the year. Your home will be buzzing with people coming and going, but let’s not forget what your dog’s needs are. Keep to your normal routine, go for your walks on time, feed your dogs on time, and don’t give them food that they ...

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RSPB Column: Six geese a’local – the district’s goose guide

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. But do you know much about the geese that live in our area? Well, there are several different kinds of geese around Spalding. In traditional carol style, six geese. Though not all of them will be a-laying. Some live here all year round, others come as winter visitors. Greylag geese are maybe ...

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Safety tips for winter walkies

The dark nights are well and truly upon us, but our dogs still have to have their daily walks. The safety of both ourselves and our dogs is paramount. Our advice to you is to make sure that both you and your dogs are visible. High-visibility jackets or light coloured clothes with reflective bands or patches should be worn by ...

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COLUMN: The loss of a much-loved pet

For most of us our pets are part of the family, giving us unconditional love, which happens every day without even thinking of it. After a busy day we go home and we talk to them, stroke them, walk them and tell them our secrets. They need us as much as we need them, but their lives are not as ...

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COLUMN: Council-related matters ‘a way of life’

By Peter Coupland, South Holland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regulatory Services Council-related matters are a way of life for me as I am a parish, district and county councillor. My parish issues relate to matters in Fleet mostly concerning planning, waste collection, street cleaning and dog fouling etc. As a district councillor, I not only have responsibilities for representing ...

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COLUMN: Before becoming a beagle owner

Before becoming a beagle owner, we researched the breed. Everything we read said that beagles are intelligent, noisy, stubborn dogs. Alfie, now five, was a very independent and naughty puppy. No house is dog-proofed like ours but Alfie quickly learned how to open the back door and trained us to give him a treat before he came back in! He ...

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COLUMN: The right time for a new dog

 BY LINCS TRAINING – DOG TRAINING MADE EASY We at Lincs Training – Dog Training Made Easy, often get asked by our clients the right time to add another dog to their existing family. We would always recommend that you wait from 18 months to two years before introducing a newcomer. Think carefully and ask yourself the following questions: Can ...

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COLUMN: Teaching your dog an important command

The recall is one of the most important commands for your dog to learn.   For it to work your dog has got to know two things – 1. its name and 2. the command ‘come’.   Never let your dog off in an open public area if you think that you will not be able to get him to ...

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