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

Help! My Dog Is Scared of Fireworks!

Fireworks and How to Keep Your Dog Free From Stress

In the UK we are gearing up for the main firework season of the year, the 5th November but for dogs worldwide, fireworks are a real problem.   Their use is growing in popularity, and are set off for festivals, New Year, religious celebrations and special occasions. Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, it is hard to avoid them. A survey in the states estimated a massive 23 million dogs are affected by a phobia of fireworks but it is the same worldwide. So what can we do to make our petrified pooches braver? Many people are at … Continue reading

How to Help Your Fearful Dog

Fearful Dog Help Tips and Make Your Dog Comfortable

Many behaviour issues are based on fear.   There are numerous causes for fear, but the most common are: genetic inheritance from a fearful mother; inadequate exposure to positive experiences with people, dogs and a variety of stimuli during the crucial first fourteen weeks of life; negative experiences; and the use of punishment during training. Fear of thunderstorms is also common, and this could be due to a combination of the sudden loud noises of thunder, and the effect of static in the air that affects the nerve endings at the base of each hair on your dog’s coat. Other … Continue reading