Tag Archives: separation anxiety

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…)

Dogs crying at night

Anyone who has had dogs and children will know how distressing crying at night can be. Partly due to the loss of sleep, and partly because hearing someone that you care about displaying distress themselves, can really tug at the heartstrings and make you feel worried and/or guilty.

This is not a parenting blog, and I don’t know enough about children to be able to advise on them! Fortunately I do (more…)

Why Buying An Indestructible Dog Bed Isn’t The Answer…

If you are looking for an indestructible dog bed, then you likely have a problem which is bigger than the durability of the bed.  Logically speaking it makes sense:

Dog chews bed to bits, dog needs new bed. Dog is likely to chew new bed. Buying beds repeatedly is expensive, therefore buy an indestructible dog bed.

indestructible dog bed

As a dog trainer, someone who regularly helps people to stop their dog from chewing, (more…)

How to use a Kong.

I’m glad you’ve stopped to read this post on how to use a Kong because the majority of dog owners are using them in the wrong way, so you can make sure you’re not one of them!

How to use a Kong, wrong!

The wrong way of using a Kong, involves filling it with food and giving it to a dog to spend time trying to get the food out in order to:

  1. Stop them from being destructive , or barking excessively (more…)

How to occupy your dog while you are out

If you are wondering how to occupy your dog while you are out, stop and ask yourself this question.  Why am I trying to occupy my dog while I am out…?  Is it to stop any of these behaviours?

  • Toileting while you are gone
  • Destructiveness
  • Howling and barking

Or is it just because you are worried that it will be bored, and you are trying to do the right thing…?  Well…worried about how to occupy your dog while you are out

You don’t need to worry (more…)

How to stop your dog barking at night

There are two main reasons that we as owners would expect to explain a dog barking at night:

  1. There has been a sudden noise (e.g. a fox in the garden)
  2. Because they need to be let out to go to the toilet.

When telling me about their dog barking at night, most people will add “for no reason” to the statement.  Because it seems to us that there is no reason, because we haven’t heard a sound or anything (more…)

Stopping a dog from chewing

stopping a dog from chewingHow to go about stopping a dog from chewing will depend on the reason it is chewing, and when it is chewing. Chewing usually occurs for 2 main reasons. One is early in life, a dog will chew while it is teething, to relieve the pain and pressure on its gums. The other main reason a dog will chew is out of stress or anxiety. Chewing provides comfort, as it releases endorphins, and gives them an outlet (more…)

Do You Have a Destructive Dog…?

It’s extremely upsetting for owners who have a destructive dog, coming home each day to see their belongings chewed or ripped up. Often expensive or difficult to replace items, including furniture or door frames, can be the targets. I’ve known owners to go to all different lengths to avoid further destruction, including putting their dogs in doggie day care, building runs and kennels in the garden, (more…)

Dog Training Gadgets, why not to use them…

There are a vast abundance of dog training gadgets out there in the pet industry, which will have you investing lots and lots of your hard earned cash with an expectation that with these gadgets you will see the changes that you wish for. A few that spring to my mind include Kong toys, haltis, choke collars, spray collars, shock collars, water sprays, clickers and the like. I’ve also seen a gadget (more…)