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What are cookies?

We and our business partners collect information about your use of our website through cookies. Cookies are information files stored on your computer, tablet or smartphone that help websites remember who you are and information about your visit. Cookies can help to display the information on a website in a way that matches your interests. Most major websites use cookies.

What cookies are used on this website?

The cookies we and our business partners use on this website are broadly grouped into the following categories:

Essential

Some of the cookies on our website are essential for us to be able to provide you with a service you have requested. An example of this would be a cookie used to enable you to log into your account on the website or which allows communication between your browser and the website. Our cookie preference cookie described in the section “How can I reject or opt out of receiving cookies?” is also an essential cookie. You may not be able to use our website without these cookies.

Analytics

We use analytics cookies to helps us understand how users engage with our website. An example is counting the number of different people coming to our website or using a particular feature, rather than the total number of times the site or feature is used. Without this cookie, if you visited the website once each week for three weeks we would count you as three separate users. We would find it difficult to analyse how well our website was performing and improve it without these cookies.

User Cookies

We use cookies to improve your experience by remembering your preferences so we know how you like to use our website. Examples of this would be remembering you so that you are served with the same content or to remember you when you come back to the site.

Social Sharing

We use cookies to allow you to share content directly on the social networking/sharing sites, like Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Examples would be if you wanted to “like” or “tweet” about a business or product advertised on our website.

Interest-Based Advertising

You will have noticed that when you visit websites you will be shown adverts for products and services you may wish to buy. The money made by website owners for showing third party adverts on their websites often pays for the cost of running the website and therefore usually allows you to use the website without having to pay a registration or usage fee. happydog.directory like many businesses place adverts for itself and its customers on a range of its partners websites. However, to try and ensure that the adverts you see are relevant to you we use cookies to collect information about the types of things that interest you, for example websites you visit and the geography that you are based in. Having these cookies does not increase the number of adverts you will be shown, but simply makes the adverts you see more relevant.

Advertising cookies hibu uses on our business partner’s website

hibu places adverts on a number of third party websites. We use cookies to control how often you are shown a particular advert on those websites, so that you do not see the same hibu sourced advert too frequently. We do not collect any personal data within these cookies. To reject our use of these cookies please refer to your browser settings as set out in the “How can I reject or opt out of receiving cookies” section below.

How can I reject or opt out of receiving cookies?

When you first visited this website you will have been shown a message bar drawing your attention to the fact that this website uses cookies and inviting you to review this cookie policy and manage your cookie preferences. If you do not set your preferences despite this prompt a cookie preference cookie will be dropped confirming that you consent to us using the cookies detailed in this cookie policy, this cookie preference cookie will last for no more than 5 years.

Please note that we can’t always control third party cookies stored on your machine from our website and setting your cookie preferences with us will not stop those third party cookies from being stored on your machine, you must manage these cookies directly with the relevant third party, please see our “Third Party Cookies” section below for more information.

If you have previously consented to us storing cookies on your machine but then change your mind, you can do the following:

  • delete the cookies from your browser. Most browsers also allow you to prevent all or some cookies being stored on your machine in the future. For more information on how to delete or disable cookies from your browser please use the “help” function within your browser or alternatively visit www.allaboutcookies.org. By deleting our cookie preference cookie the next time you visit this website the cookie message bar will appear again inviting you to again reconsider your preferences.
  • go to Cookie Preferences and resubmit your preferences to us; and/or
  • if you only want to reject some or all of the third party cookies you will need to visit the relevant third party’s website directly to manage cookies stored on your machine by them. Please see our “Third Party Cookies” section below.

Please be aware that disabling cookies may impact the functionality of this website.

Third party cookies

Some of the cookies described above are stored on your machine by third parties when you use our website. We have no control over these cookies or how the third parties use them. They are used to allow that third party to provide a service to us, for example analytics. For more information on these cookies and how to disable them, please see our cookie list below:

Cookie Name Cookie Type Provider More information
PHPSESSID ESSENTIAL happydog.directory Preserves user session state across page requests.
_ga Analytics happydog.directory
Source: https://www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the web site.
_gat Analytics happydog.directory
Source: https://www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js
Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate
_gid Analytics happydog.directory
Source: https://www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the web site.
collect Analytics www.google-analytics.com
Source: https://www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js
Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.
e/ir Marketing amazon-adsystem.com Used to send data to Amazon about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.
rc::c Marketing google.com reCaptcha free service from Google that helps protect websites from spam and abuse.

If you want to know more about how cookies work and how to manage or delete them, visit the World Wide Web Consortium’s website (or, for third party cookies, visit www.youronlinechoices.com).

We may update this policy from time to time so you may want to check it each time you visit our website. We last changed this policy on 27 December 2018.