I was going to call this Blog; The Challenges Of Training Urban Puppies. Then I realised it should simply be called; Training Urban Puppies, because I think calling it a challenge is unfair. Young dogs, like us, are brilliant at adapting to their environment- we just have to support them along the way. We can use smart training techniques...Read More
We recently organised to meet up at their Animal Home for a visit, and I now realise the extent of their work, not only with the animals they care for, but also with our London community, and around the world. My first question to Duschanca...Read More
Yaena, one of my clients, called me a few months ago as she wanted to learn more about dogs' behaviour in order to communicate better with her dog Marley, a gorgeous and lively Toy Poodle. We quickly approached the subject of the Kong, and with Yaena being extremely focused on food and the effect it has on humans and dogs alike, she started experimenting with Kong filler recipes. I asked Yaena if she would share some of her delicious, healthy and seasonal recipes with us, she said yes!...Read More
Why keeping fit is just as important for your canine companion.
We all know that we should keep on top of our fitness regimes to reap the many health and wellbeing benefits of exercise, but did you know that there are just as many perks for your pet pooch?
Not only do regular walkies help with weight control and socialisation, but exercising your dog also offers a plethora of behavioural rewards, like building trust and preventing destructive and attention-seeking tendencies.
Want to branch out a bit and try some more creative canine activities?...Read More
What do you look for in a partner? Understanding, compassion, a sense of humour perhaps? And what do you think your partner looks for? Love, kindness, strength? Now, what do you think your dog needs from you? Have you ever wondered? Food (Of course! Mine does), fresh water, daily walks & exercise, love?
I think that above all else, what a dog needs from his human is safety. We ourselves should become our dogs' safe place....
Puppies are cute and lovely, but it can be a real challenge to bring them up to be lovely dogs. Puppies jump, hang, bite, destroy, run away, empty bins and make-up bags, chew on shoes, trainers and plug sockets, the list goes on. Of course, all puppies are different, therefore some people will remember these days fondly; others will remember how stressful and tiring it was; but most will...Read More
I don’t easily get overwhelmed with shyness. It did happen once before, way more than a decade ago, whilst working for a well-known Private Member’s Club. There, I met Kylie Minogue, and whilst I thought I was super cool, telling her where she could find a...Read More
Are you like me, in trying to keep your dogs cool in this increasingly hot weather? Do you remember my Instagram post from a few week ago.....? But now we go a step further as Jeremy has kindly agreed to share some of his recipes with us all.....Read More
When we first think about getting a puppy, we think about the cuddles and all the fun stuff. However after a couple of days in our home we start scratching our heads and wonder how can such a small thing wee and poo so much. Where does it all come from? Then getting that little terror toilet trained becomes our new first priority.
Some dogs will be clean within a couple of weeks; some will take...
Sometimes it feels like london isn't such a dog friendly city, especially when it comes to doing everyday things such as shopping, but here are a few shops that welcome our best friends as long as they are on their best behaviour, and why wouldn't they be?! Over time I'll let you know about other dog friendly places but here are 5 to start us off...Read More
Us humans, don't always see the world the ways dogs do. A big part of my job is to translate dogs' behaviour to their humans, as well as clarifying how dogs perceive our (sometimes strange) own behaviours. Here are three examples of common human/dog miscommunication....Read More
Have you ever wondered how your dog recognises you?
Can he recognise you because of the way you sound, the way you smell, the way you look; or maybe of all the above? Then read on...
We too often assume that dogs can think and feel as we do, but they don’t. Dogs don’t think Right vs. Wrong, they think Safe vs. Dangerous, and so if something feels unsafe to them (scary), they will defend themselves, try to get that scary thing to move away, or at least move away from the situation......Read More
We care for them, play with them, feed them the best food we can afford, train them, hug them, make them feel safe, take them to the vet when they are poorly. We have dog-sitters, dog-walkers, dog trainers; the list goes on......Read More
I know it’s still only September, but now is a good time to start thinking about how you can help your dog if he is scared of fireworks.
Allow your dog to find a safe space around your home, if your dog is happy in his crate, that’s a good place to start. If it’s under the sofa, so be it. Dogs like small spaces. Make sure...
If your dog becomes anxious when traveling by car, he might show signs of stress such as panting, drooling or even vomiting. This is not fun for you, but even less fun for your dog. Very often the first experience a puppy has of a car journey is the day he leaves his mum and littermates; and the second, his first trip to the vet. So is it any wonder he finds stepping into this large noisy thing stressful?...Read More
Believe it or not, dog mess is also damaging to local wildlife and the environment. I asked my friend Henry Glynn, Government Ecologist/Environmental Warden why and how. He says: “The high levels of nitrogen in dog mess can physically damage and kill plants causing “nitrogen burn” and ...Read More
Food guarding is a type of resource guarding,, and it can appear in any dogs, at any time in their life. It is important to react quickly if it happens with your dog. As always I think prevention is key, and some simple positive reinforcement exercises can be done to prevent this kind of problem from happening.
Some clients ask, how do I know if my dog is guarding his food?...Read More
So a heat wave is about to hit London with some incredible highs of 30° to 33°. Most of us humans love the heat, but if you have a dog, you will want to take extra care him or her. Because dogs are smaller then us, the risk of heatstroke for them is very high. You must remember that if you feel hot, and in need to go in the shade and drink something refreshing, your dog feels....Read More