I’M going on holiday soon and planning on taking my dog to the beach, am I right in thinking all dogs can swim? DON’T assume your dog will be able to do the doggy paddle straight away, they have to learn to swim like us. While many are naturally strong swimmers, some breeds (such as corgis, dachshunds and pugs) find it more difficult so might need more support. Tides and strong currents can make the sea a dangerous place, so always check conditions are safe, make sure the beach is dog-friendly and ideally has a lifeguard. Try swimming in gentler waters or splashing around in a paddling pool at first. Drinking sea water can make dogs sick, so rinse them off after swimming and make sure they’ve plenty of fresh water to drink. For more hazards visit www.pdsa.org.uk/ summer. MY daughter would like a rabbit, but we only have a small, concrete back yard. Can they be trained to live indoors? RABBITS can live indoors, but all rabbits need essentials to keep them healthy. One of these is a friend – they are very sociable so you should always keep them in pairs or groups. Their homebase should have a minimum floor space of 10x6ft (3x2m) – but even bigger is better. They can be easily litter-trained: pop some of their droppings in a filled litter tray and give a treat when they use it. Rabbits need to be able to perform all their natural behaviours like chewing, digging, hiding, playing and running: you could plant some safe veggies in pots, provide tunnels and hiding spots and a digging box and make a run outside so they can enjoy some time in the fresh air.