The Issue With Off-Leash Dogs in On-Leash Areas

Off-Leash Dog Tips to Help Other Dog Owners

If I had a dollar for every time an off-leash dog (in what was supposed to be an on-leash setting) came bolting towards me with it’s owner yelling, “It’s okay… he’s friendly!” I would have several fully-stuffed piggy banks.   Now don’t get me wrong; if you’re that dog owner, I completely understand your desire to provide off-leash ‘free time’ so your dog can follow his nose, explore, and burn off some additional energy. These are all beneficial things, and because he’s a friendly fellow you probably think, “What’s the harm in letting him off-leash for a while?” even though (technically … Continue reading

Important Tips for Owners and Friends of Reactive Dogs

Reactive Dogs? Tips on How to Deal With Reactive Dogs…

There are many dog owners across the UK that share their homes with a Reactive Dog. A dog that can react by lunging, growling, barking, snapping or even biting certain stimulus whether that be dogs, other animals or even people. The owners and people in these dogs’ lives have to learn to deal with their dog’s reactivity, learn to read their dog’s body language, help come up with a training plan to combat the reactivity and also cope with hundreds of potential triggers when out walking. Briefly, there could be many reasons why a dog starts to exhibit signs of reactivity. … Continue reading

4 Tips for Teaching Kids to Be Kind to Dogs

Kind to Dogs? How to Set a Good Example to Your Kids...

Fostering in children kindness and respect toward dogs is one of the most useful ways to change people’s actions and attitudes toward all animals.   While they are very young, children enjoy being surrounded by animal toys, characters and images. It’s vital kids grow up respecting animals and as research shows, empathy is a learned behaviour. Childhood is a perfect time to stimulate and nurture a lifelong empathy for all living creatures. It is best taught through real experience. Dogs and children can be great friends and here are four practical ways we can help youngsters be caring companions: Teach … Continue reading

Why Living in the ‘Present’ Is So Important to Your Dog!

Present, Living in the Present, Enjoying Time With Your Pet Dog

These days we’re often told how important it is to be ‘present’ in our lives, which to me means being focused on the present moment rather than being distracted by other things. And while there are certainly benefits for being present on a personal level, I think it’s even more important for us to be present for the sake of those who are around us, whether they be people or our pets. Frankly, I don’t know if there’s a better example of living in the present than our pets. But can’t our pets be distracted too? Yes of course, but … Continue reading

10 Fun Things to Do on National Walk Your Dog Week

10 Fun Things to Do on National Walk Your Dog Week

This past week has been National Walk Your Dog Week.   While I (and I think you can all agree) think walking your dog is an important part of everyday life, there are still some fun things you can do with your pooch for Walk Your Dog Week. And just so I don’t keep you all anxiously waiting, with your ears perked to the sky… I’m going to share 10 of those things with you today! ; ) 1. Take your dog for a walk in a different area than he is used to. Dogs live through their noses, and … Continue reading

Top 10 Most Energetic Dogs

Energetic Dogs, Breeds and What to Consider

I am a firm believer that not every dog is for every human. And what I mean by that is, all dogs are different. They differ from dog to dog, and from breed to breed.   Humans are the same. We are all different. So while a high energy breed such as a Siberian Husky might be a good fit for one person, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are a good breed for everyone. Today, I would like to focus more on the high energy breeds. I did some research, and compiled my own list of ‘top 10 most energetic … 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

Common Sense Dog Walking!

Walking With Your Dog? Here Are Some Dog Walking Etiquette You Need to Know

Many dog owners in this country as well as others have or have had a dog that is reactive on the lead. This could be for numerous reasons, whether it be they are frustrated greeters that become increasingly wound up when they see other people or dogs that they cannot get to, they could be dog aggressive, or they may just be really nervous and fearful. Whatever the reason walking these types of dog can be incredibly stressful for the owners as well as the dogs! Sometimes when walking a dog that is reactive you are watching everything else as … Continue reading

Why Dog Walking Is More Than Just “Walking the Dog”

Walking Benefits for Your Pet Dog

Many people who own dogs understand that they need some kind of physical exercise each day to stay healthy. This could be a game of fetch in the park, an agility session or even a long walk. In fact the reason most people take their dogs out for walks is to provide them with the physical exercise that they need. The benefit of taking your dog for walks is that it does not just provide physical stimulation but it can also be a great way to provide your dog with mental stimulation too. Several trainers have a great way of … Continue reading

7 Goals to Set for You & Your Dog for 2016

Goals With Your Pet Dog This Year

Here we are in the year 2016! WOW! Seems a little crazy doesn’t it? I remember when I was a child, everyone had thought that by the year 2000, we would all be driving flying cars, and wearing silver futuristic clothing. While there is definitely some “futuristic” clothing being worn around the world, we are certainly not travelling by air in our cars. My point in all this is, each year, when we welcome the beginning of another 365 days, about 45% of people make New Year’s resolutions, and according to www.statisticbrain.com – only 8% of those people actually keep their … Continue reading