How Owning a Dog Can Make You More Sociable

How Owning a Dog Can Make You More Sociable

One thing is for sure. If you have a dog you have no choice but to exercise it. That means getting up off the couch and heading out the front door.   And depending on what age, breed and energy level your dog is will depend on how much exercise and stimulation they need. So here are 3 ideas to help you meet people while out with your dog: Talk to People at the Dog Park Dogs have a way of bringing people together! So take your dog to a dog park in your area. Then, strike up a conversation with another dog person. I’m a pretty shy person by nature, … Continue reading

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

If you are a parent to human children, you are probably familiar with the term “helicopter parent”. If you do not have human children, you may not be familiar with the term.   “Helicopter parents” are parents that constantly oversee their children. They often are hesitant to leave their children at school, they are involved in everything the children are doing (even when they are at home playing) and they rarely allow their children to do anything without them. Most children with these overly involved parents will either become extremely dependent on their parents to do anything or they rebel … Continue reading

Leave It! Wait! Get Down! – The Importance of Dog Impulse Control

Dog Impulse Control: How It Affects the Behavior of Your Dog

Leave it! Wait! Get Down! These are all phrases that an owner of a dog with low impulse control will use frequently on a day to day basis.   For those of you who haven’t heard the phrase before, impulse control is the equivalent of teaching our dogs to be polite, and to have good manners. More often than not, smaller breeds of dog are able to get away with having a lower level of impulse control purely because of their size. For example someone is more likely to put up with a small Jack Russell jumping up on them … Continue reading

The Diary of a Dog Walker…

Dog Walker and Understanding More About the Behaviors of Your Pet Dogs

I became a Dog Walker full time just over six months ago, and I love my job.   I’m the owner of my own business and get to work with dogs all day to name just a few of the positives. However I see a lot of adverts suggesting that Dog Walking or even Pet Sitting is an easy way to earn a few extra pounds during the week with very little effort. There is a lot more to running your own Pet Care business than simply ‘walking a dog.’ Before I even start walking a new client’s dog, I … 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

The Stigma Of Muzzle Wearing

Muzzle Wearing? Is it Good or Bad?

Following recent developments in Dog Law, it has become apparent of the surrounding stigma attached to dogs that are out and about and muzzled. In several countries in fact it is the Law to have your dog muzzled in various circumstances especially if they fit the ‘Pit Bull’ type Dog. One of the problems is that the type of dog required by Law to wear a muzzle is the type of dog that already has stigma attached to them because of Breed Specific Legislation. When people see these dogs with muzzles out for walks, they often feel intimidated or nervous … Continue reading

Brand New 4Knines “About Us” Video Released!

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We are so excited to share our brand new 4Knines About Us video with you all. This video really captures the essence of what we believe in and what we sell… Premium, heavy duty seat covers that make traveling with your best friends easier. Our seat covers, cargo liners and front seat covers look great in your vehicle while providing superior protection for your pet. Please take a look and share with your friends if you feel so inclined. Because, nothing but the best for your best friend. <3

How the Use of Hand Signals Can Help Old Dogs

Hand Signals and Advantages it Can Do for Senior Dogs

More recently as I have been coming into contact with more and more dogs of a variety of ages and breeds, I am becoming increasingly more aware of the importance of using hand signals when you train ANY dog regardless of whether they can hear or not. My Dalmatian, Logan, is completely deaf and for training purposes I have to use hand signals. Some people with deaf dogs choose to use British Sign or American Sign Language when coming up with the different signals for the different cues and this does work well. However a lot of the time when … Continue reading

How to Find and Hire a Pet Care Professional

Pet Care Professional Wanted? Here’s What to Consider…

Recently I took the decision to leave a job in retail to become a self-employed Dog Walker and Pet Sitter. I love the idea of spending the day walking and providing care for a variety of different pets and I feel privileged that people trust me with their pets’ welfare whilst they are away on holiday or at work.   More and more people are choosing to opt for this type of care for their pets when they go away for a variety of reasons. Firstly, ALL pets are different. What one animal likes, another may hate and this is one … Continue reading

The Importance of Dog Breed Research

Breed of Dogs and the Importance of Considering Them

Many breeds of dogs have been selected for over many generations for a specific or series of traits. These traits would have served a specific purpose, probably for the breed’s original purpose for example retrieving or herding.   A lot of the time these traits have been bred for for so long that they become instinctive or innate to that particular breed. This means that even without training certain types of dog will exhibit certain types of behaviours. Problems can arise when potential owners don’t research the breed of dog that they are going to be housing. Take for example … Continue reading