The Daily Dog Walk… Really? Do I Have to?

Dog Walk Issues: Should You Always Walk Your Pet Dog?

You’re feeling guilty about your dog. You look at him and he gazes back with those patient brown eyes that can see right into your heart. You feel guilty because you’ve been so rushed today that you didn’t fit in a morning walk, and now it’s pouring with rain and you can’t face it. But have another look at those gorgeous brown eyes: what’s your dog trying to tell you?   He’s saying that what he wants is some time with you – some action, yes, to use up his huge store of energy – but mainly it’s time enjoying … Continue reading

How Helping My Dog Get Over Her Fears Has Led to a Better Life for Other Dogs!

Fears of Dogs? Understanding Dogs and How to Help Them Overcome Fears

Even as a young puppy Lacylu scared people. They would cling to each other and cross the road when they saw her coming.   She looked like a brown bear cub. In no way was she a petite or cute pup, though she did have a very pretty face – still does. But it was clear from very early on that she was going to struggle in an urban world, full of people, other dogs, things that go bang in the night … As she matured Lulubelle became more, not less, difficult. She reckoned that she needed to protect the … Continue reading

Fluffy Puppy Turned Into a Snarking Monster? 5 Steps to Enjoying Walking Your Dog Again

Walking Your Dog and Avoid Dog Anxiety

That sweet pup who at a couple of months old was so adorable that you wanted to show her off to everyone, has gained half a year and grown horns!   She barks and lunges at every dog or person she sees – and you wouldn’t want anyone to see your dog now. So you only walk her at the Hour of the Difficult Dog. You’re embarrassed. Confused. What have you done wrong? What she’s showing is a fear reaction which can appear in adolescence. It may have resulted from not meeting enough dogs and people in her first few … Continue reading