Winter can bring on more skin conditions when compared to summer and this is due to the fact that the weather is colder, drier and has lower humidity. Skin conditions are one of the most common reasons people take their pets to the vet. However, there are simple ways to help make sure that your pet’s skin is healthy.
You are the only one that can make that decision.
There are so many myths and misconceptions that have surrounded dog behaviour and training.READ MORE
What is the best small dog for your family? That depends. Every breed has some unique characteristics and challenges.
There are a lot of things to consider, like:
But what does it truly mean?
Well the definition is this; The fight-or-flight response is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. It was first described by Walter Bradford Cannon. His theory states that animals react to threats with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system, priming the animal for fighting or fleeing. READ MORE
Many experts including trainers, behaviourist, breeders and rescues these days are discouraging people to take on canine siblings.
The threat of heart problems in dogs is very real and one that’s not easily detected. Congestive heart failure in dogs is not really a disease. It instead is a condition that might manifest following a disease or defect.
Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers of yesterday’s homeopape. When nobody’s around, kipple reproduces itself.
For instance, if you go to bed leaving any kipple around your apartment, when you wake up the next morning there’s twice as much of it. It always gets more and more. – Phillip K. DickREAD MORE
It is these times you can not ignore these signs as your dog could be suffering with a serious medical condition.READ MORE
If you haven’t already noticed, I LOVE Cocker Spaniels. I love their cuddly, fun, energetic personalities. Every dog is an individual, they don’t all follow the stereotypes, but there are some general breed characteristics. Want to know more about the breed and its history? Here are some well known and lesser known details about these floppy eared cuddle monsters.READ MORE
Whatever the occasion – whether it’s Rover’s first birthday or Garfield has gone a whole day without knocking a glass off the table – our pets always deserve to be pampered. Sometimes dog treats from the shop just don’t cut it when you want to do something special for your pet and treat them to a little bit of luxury. That’s where our top tips for pampering your pet come in.READ MORE
Does your dog always bark when men walk by?
Are they afraid when a man moves toward them?
Being afraid of men is a common problem in dogs. Notably, many dog owners commonly report that “My dog is afraid of men.”READ MORE
But still, sometimes it is hard to avoid strong hereditary factors. Arthritis is one of the most common health problems among dogs. One in five dogs suffers from this disease, so you need to pay attention to your dog’s behavior to detect the signs. Arthritis is very painful for your dog, so follow these steps to make your dog’s life a little bit easier.READ MORE
Not many trainers talk about creating spatial awareness, but this is a natural part of the canine development process. Spatial awareness is the ability to be aware and have an organised knowledge of objects in relation to space around us. READ MORE
When you start thinking about a dog dozing off, it raises a handful of questions: how is dog sleep like human sleep? How much do dogs need to sleep? Can they sleep too much? And do they dream like we do?READ MORE
It may seem like a silly statement, but many people are dog owners but are we sure about the benefits of dog ownership and how much they can enhance our life’s. So, we are looking deeper to unlock and share some of these benefits with you.READ MORE
Are our dogs getting fatter? If so why, is this a knock-on effect of human obesity or is that we are not aware of the harmful fat levels in the foods we feed our dogs.
Obesity is sadly an extremely common and preventable problem affecting our dogs on a day to day basis, with Veterinary surgery’s seeing more cases every year.READ MORE
Well I do not believe this to be true, in my eyes it is knowing that by doing the same thing repeatedly brings the same result is insanity. However, so many people are stuck in this ridiculous cycle.READ MORE
This is every dog owner’s worst nightmare, but the shocking truth is that 60 dogs per week either go missing or are stolen.
The fact is Dog theft have risen by 24% in the last three years, which equates to 60 dogs going missing per week and not all the most commonly stolen dog types are pedigree dogs. This is organised with gangs operating across the country and are often targeting specific dogs and sadly only one in five dogs stolen are reunited.READ MORE
Unsurprisingly, young children are particularly fond of having their own pet. This guide will look at the impact pets have on children, what it takes to own a pet, and will demonstrate how a pet is a healthy addition to any child’s upbringing.READ MORE
Dog training is the process of teaching skills or behaviors to your dog. This can include teaching your dog to respond to certain commands, or helping your dog learn coping skills to certain environments.
When you trawl through the internet or walk through a pet shop you will be confronted with a scary amount of different dog leads and collars. Choosing the right one for your dog can unfortunately be an expensive hit or miss game.
Many of you will know how this feels and will have a draw or cupboard full of leads, collars, harnesses ect that you have brought. Each one just didn’t work the way you where expecting them to or promised by the manufacture.
Many dog leads and collars just don’t work unless you put the training in from a very early stage and more importantly creating a positive to the lead.
Head collars work, however not all dogs will accept them and fight them constantly.READ MORE
The modern Labrador’s ancestors originated on the island of Newfoundland, now part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
The founding breed of the Labrador was the St Johns Water Dog, a breed that emerged through ad-hoc breedings by early settlers of the island in the 16th century. The forebears of the St. John’s Dog are not known, but were likely a random-bred mix of English, Irish, and Portuguese working breeds. The Newfoundland (known then as the Greater Newfoundland) is likely a result of the St. John’s Dog breeding with mastiffs brought to the island by the generations of Portuguese fishermen who had been fishing offshore since the 16th century.READ MORE
Picking out the right food for your dog also means picking out the right ingredients. As a responsible pet friend, one of the best things you can do for him is serve healthy, well-balanced food. Good dog food has the right nutrition your dog really needs, depending on his age, breed, and activity level.READ MORE
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In early 2015, the law firm of Morgan and Morgan filed a class action lawsuit against Purina over ingredients found in its line of Beneful dog food. Despite this lawsuit — and the thousands of complaints of kidney failure that led to it — the products remain available to purchase at a store near you.READ MORE
It’s rare to come across a product that is simple in its implantation that it quickly becomes irreplaceable. The Pipat is such a device, a simple no nonsense product that does its job and does it well.READ MORE
Need and want are two issue’s I debate at least once a year, slight lie. Every time Apple drops another ore inspiring piece of technology, my inner child goes to war with the grown up within.
I’m sure you can relate, but now the innovators have turned their beady little eye to our pets. How can our dogs benefit?READ MORE
Sometimes when working on a 121-behavioural consultation, the owner will try to justify the overexcited barking and leaping about as the dog just being excited.
What I see however, is so far removed from a calm dog it has become unbalanced unhealthy within its own mind.READ MORE
In their eyes, the dog is their cherished son or daughter. But what happens when you bring a new baby into the family? A new-born can dramatically change not only your life but your dog’s life as well. As your routines change your attention will shift from the dog to the baby.READ MORE
When your dog becomes pregnant, it will last for approximately 63 days on average. Each dog goes through 3 trimesters, just like humans do, they may go through a morning sickness phase, usually within the 3rd or 4th week of pregnancy, and it is a good idea to get her into the vet at about 2 or 3 weeks after mating.READ MORE
So it’s not surprising that there are times when they get stressed and anxious, and it’s up to the owner to detect that and try to help a dog through its problems with careful, focused training.READ MORE
1Be aware of your energy and body language while walking your dog.
Many people use a professional dog walker, especially if they work during the day, to get the dog out of the house for a sniff, leg stretch and toilet break when they are being left for long hours.READ MORE
As professional trainers and behaviourists we are faced with strong criticism when we state that a dog’s adverse behaviour is just a momentary engagement caused by a change in the state of mind.READ MORE
As owners we all have different schedules when it comes to our dog grooming habits. But in our rush to accomplish all our daily tasks we could inadvertently causing our dogs stress.READ MORE
Desensitisation and Counter Conditioning are two of the most successful techniques used to change unwanted behaviour in dogs and there are many methods in which to achieve this. <!–more–>However there is a key factor that is often overlooked and renders these techniques useless.
The term counter conditioning means conditioning or teaching a dog to display behaviours that is counter to the unwanted behaviour. The term desensitisation however means gradually exposing your dog to the situation or activity, without triggering any unwanted behaviour.READ MORE
What is balance training? And why do many trainers and Behaviourist believe that aversive behaviourist and trainers can be recognised simply by the words they use like corrections, pack, dominance and pressure ect.READ MORE
From barking and biting to chewing and lunging, aggression in dogs is expressed through a variety of behaviours. The understanding of the dog’s natural indicators of aggression is essential to gauge the level of intensity a dog is exhibiting.READ MORE
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a dog. Taking on a dog is a serious and lifetime commitment and if you have not considered these factors then you are not ready to introduce a dog to your home and lifestyle.READ MORE
It is important to remember that we all have different views on the extent to which we share our lives with our dogs.READ MORE
When obsession over takes the focus then we have taken away the dogs natural awareness of the world around them. Many of us are totally unaware of the difference between obsession and focus as both states of mind are acted out in a similar manner by your dogs.READ MORE
Is aggression normal in dogs; answer is no it is not normal. Domestication means exactly what it says domestication. We domesticated dogs to such a point that they now live alongside the human and have become a part of our society.READ MORE
There are certainly a lot of abandoned pets out there in need of care and support, and a lot of people who would like to help but can’t take them into their own homes.READ MORE
There are fundamental differences between the Instinctive approach to assessing problem dog behaviour in our pets and the Science approach.
The Science approach to dog behaviour being presented looks to put each type of behaviour into set categories.
With each category having a prescribed protocol to follow.READ MORE
The UK weather has certainly been nice to us this week.
With today pipped to be the hottest day of the year, one Police force called for dog owners to be responsible and not leave their dogs in cars.READ MORE
There is no question that as humans we often misunderstand the needs of our dogs.
By observing our canine companions we will find that they do in fact communicate with us with through subtle, simple silent language.READ MORE
Research suggests that canine separation anxiety is one of the most common behaviour problems that many dog owners experience. A recent study, which was conducted in the United Kingdom, indicated that as much as 50 percent of dogs have shown some symptoms of separation anxiety when they are left by themselves.READ MORE
The following article we are going to discuss four of these factors:READ MORE