Motivating the unmotivated dog. When you talk to people about reward-based training, the mention of food rewards often sparks the question about what to do if you have a dog who doesn’t like food? Firstly, all dogs like food, otherwise they wouldn’t survive. It’s not a question of ‘liking’ food, it’s about what motivates them … Continue reading But My Dog Doesn’t Like Food…?
How do we properly socialise a puppy when the world is in lockdown? Anyone with a new puppy will probably be very aware of the limitations our current climate puts on effective socialisation, or at least our expectations of how socialisation should be done. I collected a foster puppy just as the UK went into … Continue reading Socialisation in a Pandemic
Are we spending TOO much time with our dogs? We are all too aware of the lasting impacts Covid-19 will have on every aspect of our lives. But have you considered the impact it could have on your dog? For many dogs this will be the time of their lives, their families are at home … Continue reading Please Don’t Go…
Puppies are undeniably cute. We love to fuss over them, smother them with attention and embrace their comical, inquisitive natures. Raising a puppy isn’t easy, even if they are irresistibly adorable. Puppies are hard work, they require a lot of time, energy and commitment. Sometimes we aren’t prepared for their testing ways and their less-than-desirable … Continue reading Puppy Fever … ?
Dispelling the Myths of Crate Training Written by Naomi White When you say the word ‘crate’ you never quite know how someone may react. Some people will say it’s an essential part of their dog’s life, while others will find it quite offensive. To some people it feels like a prison; a punishing way of … Continue reading To Crate or Not to Crate?
Written by Naomi White People seem to be dangerously unaware of dog-dog interactions and what their dogs are actually trying to communicate. Having an understanding of your dogs’ body language, behaviour and social needs will enable you to avoid potentially dangerous or negative situations. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time to consider these things … Continue reading ‘He Just Wants to Play…!’
Written by Naomi White Doggy day care is a big thing these days, it has become a central part of many of our dogs’ lives. We use it as a way to ‘socialise’ our dogs and give them an opportunity to hang out with ‘doggy’ friends while we’re at work or too busy to be … Continue reading Day Care, Don’t Care?
Written by Naomi White If someone told you not to walk your dog every day, how would you feel? Shocked? Horrified? Outraged? Relieved? Maybe you’d laugh or gasp in shock … There is this idea that dogs need to be walked, and a dog can only live a happy life if it’s walked enough. The … Continue reading Don’t Walk the Dog!
Written by Naomi White We tend to assume that we have some sort of right to just take things away from our dogs without any issue. That bone you gave him 10minutes ago? Now you want it back, and since you gave it to him, why shouldn’t you take it back? When the dog is … Continue reading That’s Mine!
Written by Naomi White Let’s talk about consent… it’s a big topic in humans but have you ever thought about how it applies to your dog? Just imagine a random stranger approaching your child on the street, fussing over them, offering them sweets or touching their hair, you would be horrified and most likely report … Continue reading Can I Say Hello?