Category Archives: Dog wellbeing

Should I get a companion for my dog?

As dog lovers we want to do what is right for our dogs, and I often get asked the question as to whether owners should get a companion for their dog – and in particular, whether getting a companion will help their dog’s behaviour.  I am going to answer this question in 2 parts:

Should you get a companion for your dog?

This is a tricky question to answer, and the answer isn’t going to be the same (more…)

Aloe Vera for dogs

Today’s blog is a guest post from a friend and fellow animal lover, Sandy Cowley:

Aloe Vera for Dogs

Aloe Vera is not something that is new, its benefits have been known for thousands of years, but did you know that it works equally as well on animals as it does on humans?

Aloe for dogsMost people know Aloe Vera as the ‘Burns Plant’ as it is well known for its healing properties on burns or scalds. It is however, (more…)

How much exercise does a puppy need?

A business acquaintance of mine, Jacqui Fry, runs Moredge Canine Hydrotherapy Centre, and she has confirmed my suspicions that many people exercise their puppies too much. Recently Jacqui gave me the below image of the plate formation stages of the average dog, and we are looking at around 15-17 months until they are fully formed.  That means that high impact exercise before that time should be kept (more…)

How to have a relaxed and happy dog

Surely that’s what we all want?  A relaxed and happy dog?  Many people think about obedience as being a desirable trait, but ultimately, if our dog is relaxed and happy, then we won’t be needing to get them to “obey” as they wouldn’t be causing any trouble in the first place. They will be a joy to live with, and they will have the same feelings about us!

How to know if you have a relaxed and happy (more…)

Why do dogs eat poo?

I’ve avoided this subject as a blog for long enough – it’s time to address it.  Disgusting though the thought/sight of it may be to us, the fact of the matter is that some dogs eat poo.  I am gagging as I type!  But there are reasons for it.

  1. The poo is partially digested food, so is a meal to them.
  2. They are trying to “clean up” after themselves, as they’ve seen their mother do.
  3. They don’t want (more…)

Is my dog exercising enough?

Worried about how much exercise a dog needs and whether your dog is getting enough exercise?  Don’t.

As a nation, generally speaking our dog exercising habits are too extreme if anything.  Of course there are a few exceptions to this rule, and you do see overweight dogs, but more often than not this is due to overfeeding, rather than under exercising.  Yet many owners suffer with dog exercising (more…)

Dog walking by Smart Phone – whatever next!

Words almost failed me when reading a news article about dog walking by smart phone.  Seriously!  Scientists from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University Alabama, have come up with some kind of device which operates using GPS and reference systems, allowing dog walking by smart phone. Click for more info.  I am actually cringing at the idea.

dog walking by smart phone

Realistically the technology is (more…)

Dogs are dying in hot cars this summer

dogs dying in hot cars this summerYou’d think it’s a given that everyone knows that if you leave a dog in a car in the summer it’s not good for them, but I’ve been surprised by the number of articles I’ve read showing that dogs are dying in hot cars this summer, still. The RSPCA received around 350 calls over the weekend of 6-7 July about dogs trapped in cars. Why is this still happening? Are we not taking it seriously enough?

Having (more…)

When to go to the Dog Osteopath, rather than the vets!

Canine and Equine Osteopath Keith Sparling wrote a blog of me a while ago on a particular case he treated, helping to improve a dog’s back. Since then, and after discussing with many dog owners occasions when they have been to their vet and spent lots of money before eventually discovering that their dog has a trapped nerve, muscular problem or similar (something an Osteopath could treat), I asked (more…)

Are you over exercising your dog?

A guest blog from a Dog Listener on the other side of the world!

As a responsible dog owner you are regularly advised that your dog needs daily exercise to maintain optimum health both physically and mentally. So on go the running shoes, out comes the mountain bike and you’re off, best friend in tow. But do you know how much exercise is too much exercise? How would you know if you were over exercising (more…)