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…)
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…)
There has been a sudden noise (e.g. a fox in the garden)
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…)
If you want to know how to stop a dog barking, I must first warn you that it is not likely that you will totally stop your dog from barking, because this is their natural way of alerting you that there is a danger. Many people don’t want to stop their dog from barking totally, as they are (more…)
How 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…)
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…)
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…)