Selecting the Right Canine for You…

It can be tough hunting for a new dog. Striking a balance between your way of life and a suitable breed can be like barking up the wrong tree. To help make your decision a little more focused, we have detailed the essential points to consider: How lively Breeds such as cocker and springer spaniels are famous for being high […] Continue Reading

Can Dogs really understand us?

Your furry canine can often give the impression of being the best listener in the world. Sitting attentively as you spill your heart with nowhere else they would rather be… We take a look at just how true to reality this really is and the extent to which dogs interpret humans. Research has shown that dogs have the ability to […] Continue Reading

Understanding your dog

It is incredible how dogs communicate with us, it is even more remarkable how few of us understand what they are telling us. Taking the time to learn what your dog is saying can improve the quality of your relationship and the mental health of your canine. A bark is not just a bark… You can learn a lot from […] Continue Reading

The Secret to training shy dogs…

It is all very well having strict training regimes for a dog but persuading a less outgoing animal to put themselves out there can be tough. There are a number of helpful tips to consider bringing your shy canine out of their shell: Gently does it Keeping patient and calm are great indicators for a dog that everything is ok. […] Continue Reading

Top tips for ongoing training

It is a real temptation for dog owners to rest on their laurels once the initial training skills have been implemented. To avoid bad behaviour down the line, we have detailed important ongoing training tips: Reinforcement Once a skill has been learned, the dog or puppy must be continually tested to ensure full retention and obedience. For many skills, this […] Continue Reading

Unusual training techniques

In an ever changing world where the status quo is always under fire, dog training has escaped no reprieve. Traditional methods of training are being pushed to the side lines as soon as possible to teach new, often bizarre skills. We take a look at unusual methods of training your dog… Dancing It is pretty easy to get your dog […] Continue Reading

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie… Or Not

A quick internet search will reveal some incredible household locations that your canine will snooze. From under the fire, in your bed or even on top of high surfaces, there is no where they won’t try and make their own. It may seem like a comical topic but there are serious training and behaviour repercussions to dog sleeping patterns. One […] Continue Reading

If you think you’re bad…

Most dog owners will from time to time cross the line between caring and obsessing about their canine. It is human nature in much the same we worry about family members, home security and money. Recent research has uncovered a number of extreme practices that are simply going too far: The Dog Phone As technology has moved forward so has […] Continue Reading

Dogs Love of the Ball Chase

It is remarkable what the appearance of a tennis ball will do to your furry friend. From a relaxed, often calm little creature, they become a frenzy of springing life. The teaching of throwing and retrieving is a long heralded successful routine for training dogs. It is excellent for channelling their energy but also introducing outdoor understanding. Many owners will […] Continue Reading

What Dog is Best for Me?

If you looking to get a dog, it can be tough to work out what breed would suit you best. Apart from the previously listed item including space, money and availability there are some breeds that are not suitable for certain people. There are obviously exceptions to the rules but we have created a rough guide of characteristics of the […] Continue Reading

The Benefits of Giving Your Dog a Hobby

In the bigger picture, dogs are very similar to children. They need to feel loved, occupied and avoid feeling bored. Many dog owners are now considering introducing activities to their pet’s routine to prevent bad behaviour in the home. We have gathered a list of the best clubs and hobbies for your canine to help you decide what might be […] Continue Reading

The Decision to have a Dog

Introducing a dog to your home is a big step and one that should not be taken lightly. Dog Rescue Centres are inundated with unwanted and abandoned animals this time of year demonstrating the error many people (often parents) make. So what are the important things to consider before bring a furry friend home? At the end of the day, […] Continue Reading

More of the Human-Animal Bond in a Therapeutic Intervention

Applying the Human Animal Bond in a Therapeutic Intervention Part 6 The findings of Martin and Farnum’s study reflect previous research, suggesting that animals can encourage the growth of desired communication skills. However, it remains unknown whether the changes were as a result of the dog itself or whether they were due to the combination of all three conditions (live […] Continue Reading

Applying the Human-Animal Bond in a Therapeutic Intervention

Human – Animal Bond Part 5 In the nineteenth-century, experiments in animal-assisted institutional care were successful. However, despite the success, the onset of scientific medicine largely eliminated animals from hospital settings by the early decades of the twentieth century (Allderidge, 1991). Over the past twenty years, despite the historical scepticism of the medical establishment, AAT is being acknowledged as having […] Continue Reading

Stimulating Your K9

Dogs and children have a lot in common… One of the biggest challenges is to keep your dog amused. A bored dog is a destructive dog and you will often find chewed slippers, scratched doors and severed carpets. So what are the best ways to keep them entertained even when you are not there? Treat Balls Dogs love a challenge, […] Continue Reading