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Does my dog enjoy the walk?

At least every other person that I help with their dog believes that their dog enjoys the walk.  Even in cases when people’s dogs are exhibiting some rather undesireable behaviour, such as aggression towards other dogs – many people will still believe that their dog essentially enjoys walking.

Dog ready for walk

The question that I usually ask them is “How do you know?” so I would like to address that in an article (more…)

Hot dogs – not the type you eat

It’s that time of year again (hooray!) when the sun is out.  Which of course means that we are out as well. Making the most of our often short lived British Summer.  It goes without saying that if we are out, we want our beloved companions out with us as well.  So here are a few things to think about this summer when planning to enjoy the outdoors with your dog:

Hot dogs

  • If you are outside in the garden, (more…)

Naughty Cocker Spaniels

In the last week I’ve dealt with quite a few naughty Cocker Spaniels.  Well, ‘naughty’ is quite a strong word, really they were ‘wired’ Cocker Spaniels.  By wired I mean that they were full of energy, finding it very difficult to settle.  And if they did settle – then leaping back to life again at a moment’s notice should there be a tiny movement or noise.

I wanted to blog about this, because it (more…)

Worried about the stray dogs in India…? Don’t be!

I have just returned from another fantastic trip to India.  It’s one of my favourite places to visit – largely because of the stark contrast to our UK way of life, which simultaneously makes me forget about everything back home, whilst also developing a newfound love for it!  (Who knew I could learn to appreciate concrete and socks on a new level?)

This time my travels took me to Goa.  A place I (more…)

Why is my dog always licking?

There are a number of reasons a dog will lick, so it’s very difficult to correctly say why your dog is doing it without seeing the full context of the situation. Below are the most common reasons that dogs lick:

It could be the salt/taste on your skin (especially if it’s hot or you’ve been handling food).

It could be that he/she’s doing it seeing themselves as affectionately serving you – keeping (more…)

Why dogs chew

Dogs chew to make themselves feel better.  Chewing naturally releases endorphins for them (as it does for us), so it can be used as a stress reliever, or as an enjoyable activity.

Archie is taking pleasure from chewing this ball (see below) – and you may notice your own dogs enjoying a similar calm nibble on something, which seems to be an equivalent to us listening to music, or doing yoga – or (more…)

Keeping the fire burning – Protecting the pack

Life for us humans used to be pretty brutal.  You don’t have to go back that far in time to a point in history where most people (no matter their status) would have lived in relative fear.

keeping the pack safe

A recent trip to the Tower of London reminded me very much of this, and made me thank my lucky stars that current society allows us all to live very much in comfort, and with lifestyles that we choose. Sadly, (more…)

Is your fearful dog Scooby Doo, or Scrappy?

This was one of the programmes that I grew up on, and I’m sure many of us are familiar with the two different characters, Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo?

For some reason this programme popped back into my mind this week, when I was thinking about the different ways that our pet dogs respond to something that they perceive to be a danger.

Scooby Doo

Many dogs will behave like Scooby, being immediately (more…)

Help our dog is attacking our other dog!

In the last week I have had 4 separate enquires from people needing help because one of their dogs is attacking another of their dogs.  This is obviously very upsetting for the people who enquired as the dogs are all a part of the family, and it can be very difficult to see that these problems can be overcome and that there isn’t a need to permanently split the dogs up.

Why does it happen?

When one (more…)

How to use a recall training lead

After a rather frustrating trip to national pet supplier where you can buy all manner of dog related paraphernalia including a dog bow tie – I was unable to purchase what is (in my mind) a training essential, and that is the long training lead which helps to teach recall.

I was able to purchase (should I have desired to) any manner of different extendable leads. Any type of short lead (including (more…)