Owning a dog who jumps up at people can be one of the most embarrassing and frustrating challenges in dog ownership. It's such a common behaviour, but it can seem impossible to change. Sometimes it feels like you’ve tried everything, maybe you’ve started out by gently saying ‘get down’ or ‘off’ but unfortunately dogs don’t … Continue reading Jumping Up: Are you rewarding bad behaviours?
What’s more important to your dog ... You? Or other dogs? People get so caught up on the idea that their dog needs lots of ‘dog friends’ in order to be happy and have a fulfilling social life. While this may work out just fine for some dogs, for many others it creates lifelong problems. … Continue reading Does Your Dog REALLY Need Dog Friends?
Finding a puppy from a good breeder is no easy task. Earlier this year the Government passed new legislation regarding the sale of puppies and kittens. Breeders are now required to be licenced and follow tighter regulations which make them accountable for the puppies they breed. Despite this we’re still seeing news reports of poorly … Continue reading Breeder Beware: Choosing a Good Breeder
What are we really teaching our dogs? Do you ever feel like all you do is bribe your dog with food? You want him to come to you so you grab a tasty treat and wave it around until he notices and comes running for it? You want him to drop the sock in his … Continue reading Lure? Bribe? Reward?
Enrichment has become a bit of a buzz word in the dog world. It has been a big topic for years but it has been discussed more than ever while we’ve been at home with our dogs in recent weeks. ‘Enrichment’ can seem daunting, there are so many activities, games and ideas to choose from. … Continue reading Enrich Your Dog’s Life
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?