There is so much emphasis these days on ensuring your dog has plenty of stimulation, there is a bigger focus on enrichment activities, on making sure your dog isn’t bored, and providing plenty of activities. But where do you draw the line? There is no question that all these things are important, but as with … Continue reading The Under-stimulated Dog – Where is the Balance?
As a dog trainer, you meet a whole range of people and dogs, you meet the ones who look for a ‘quick fix’ and the ones who have somehow ended up with a near ‘perfect’ dog despite openly admitting they’ve made mistakes or have put no real thought into their dogs training or socialisation. And … Continue reading Genetics and Behaviour
Huge numbers of dogs live in cities around the UK, and while many have no issues with living in a city environment, there are many who find it a daily struggle. There’s no question that the lifestyle of these dogs does differ from those who live in quieter towns, suburban or rural areas, and while … Continue reading City Dogs: Living the Dream or Trapped in a Nightmare?
It’s fairly standard to assume that not all people will get along with each other. Some people clash, perhaps because they have different personalities, different interests, different moral standards, or different motivations, but that’s part of human life. Yet when our dogs don’t get along with every single dog, we suddenly think there’s something wrong … Continue reading How Sociable is Your Dog?
Sometimes having one dog just isn’t quite enough and the sight of a new puppy in the park gets us all broody for one of our own. There’s something about having two dogs … double the love, twice the fun … all the more chaos? Bringing a second dog into the family isn’t a simple … Continue reading Getting a Second Dog … When is a Good Time?
Many dogs become skilled thieves, they know how to steal food off worktops, tables or out on walks. It’s often not exclusive to food, it could also be socks, tissues or all manner of random and disgusting items. It’s such a common, frustrating, and potentially dangerous problem, yet it’s also one of the most challenging … Continue reading Dogs Who Steal
Puppies are adorable. They’re cute, silly, mischievous and endless fun, but it’s not long before those little needle-sharp teeth start to really irritate you. It’s the painful side of puppyhood which we often forget about ... puppies BITE. Your puppy is not being ‘aggressive’, he does not need to ‘learn who’s boss’ and he is … Continue reading Puppy Biting: The Why’s, What’s, What-Nots and How’s
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 … ?