5 Things to Think About Before Getting a Second Dog

5 Things to Think About Before Getting a Second Dog

Dogs are man and woman’s best friend. They enrich our lives as we enrich theirs. We simply cannot live without them. Well in that case, the more the merrier, right?   Seems legit… however multi-pet households are not always the best option for some people. Have you ever heard that saying from Lays potato chips? “betcha can’t eat just one.” Change it up a bit and the phrase “Betcha can’t have just one” rings so true for many pet owners. Pets can be addicting, and with good reason. But before you decide to add to your pack, lets go over … Continue reading

4 Tips to Help You Find a Great Pet Care Professional!

Pet Care Professional and Tips on How to Find One

Dog walking and Pet Sitting as a profession has grown rapidly and with new Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters popping up at an increasingly fast rate it can become a difficult task trying to find the best professional for you and your pets.   Firstly it is important to note that the Dog Walking industry is unregulated, this means that anyone can start up a dog walking business without having any previous experience, pet knowledge and sometimes without even having insurance. With that in mind, and with me being a professional dog walker and pet sitter full time I have … Continue reading

5 Tips for Polite Leash Walking Like a Pro

5 Tips for Polite Leash Walking Like a Pro

Has walking your dog become a battle of wills over who will be dragging who in what direction?   Polite leash walking can be a frustrating endeavor for many dogs and owners but the good new is by following a few tips, you can help your dog learn how to make walks more enjoyable for the both of you.   1. Walking outside with all the new sights and smells can be highly distracting for dogs who are working on their polite leash walking. To help your dog focus on what you are trying to teach them, try working in … Continue reading

Why I DON’T Train My Clients’ Dogs to Heel

Why I DON'T Train My Client's Dogs to Heel

In the basic obedience classes I teach as a dog trainer, I don’t spend hours training the dogs to heel. I don’t even spend much time on loose-leash walking as a trained behavior. I simply direct my students to the smorgasbord of anti-pull gear at the local pet store (front-clip harnesses and head halters), and move on to other items on the curriculum, like safety recalls, jumping up, and leave-it. It’s not that training dogs to heel isn’t fun–it certainly can be, if we toss the out-moded leash-pop and use a modern training plan. But few of my students actually … 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

10 New Year’s Resolutions For You & Your Pets

New Year’s Resolution Together With Your Pets!

Right about now is when everyone begins sharing their ideas for different New Year’s resolutions.   Some people live by these resolutions, some people try, but do not succeed, and others will have no part in them. Me, I am one of those in betweeners. I don’t so much make resolutions, but I do have my own personal ideas on what I would like to see in my life and/or my families life for the new year. And one thing I always try and do, is include my pets in the goals I have. Today, I would like to share a … 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

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

Want to Be Healthier and Smarter? Get a Dog!

Healthier Body in Having a Pet Dog

Are dog owners healthier and smarter? Studies show yes! Well, sort of. During the past ten years, studies have revealed that exercise – movement – is key to solving many health problems. And these findings have been widely shared. Moving, even moderate physical exercise reduces your chances of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes and lowers blood pressure. The good news is any exercise is better than no exercise. So, people are encouraged to start with just ten minutes a day, even walking. Ten minutes a day? If you’re a dog owner, you know this is impossible. It’s too short. My … 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