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
In just over a week, June 24th sees 'Bring Your Dog To Work' Day return. Hooray!
#BringYourDogToWorkDay is an annual nationwide event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs.
Last year, businesses from across the UK (including vet surgeries, pet product manufacturers, investment firms, national energy companies, estate agents, private jet charters and...Read More
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
Uggie from the wonderful 2011 Black & White, silent movie The Artist died early August. This was very sad news indeed, but it made me want to have another look at some old pictures of Hollywood stars and their dogs from as early as 1916 to the 20s, 30s and up to the 60’s. I have, on one of my shelves at home, a wonderful book called Hollywood Dogs; here are a few...Read More
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
Today marks the beginning of summer and you might be looking for a book to read in the park or on the beach. Here is a little review of one of my favourite “Dog Training” books; and I put Dog Training in inverted comas, because this book will not only help its readers train their dogs, but also other pets they may have (from ferret to dolphin, pony to golden goose), their kids, or even themselves.
Don’t Shoot The Dog introduces the readers to Positive Reinforcement, and clarifies.......Read More
There is one thing that all my clients, and myself have in common: we all want our dogs to be happy. However, sometimes life simply takes over, and we need to stop and remind ourselves the promises we've made to our dogs the day we let them into our lives.
We owe it to our dogs to help them:
I sometimes hear clients say they were told by Dog Trainers, or that they read in various dog training books that they should never play Tug Of War with their dogs. Surprisingly, the belief that playing Tug Of War could increase aggression and dominance in dogs is still out there.
This is interesting, as not only the idea that a game of Tug Of War could be dangerous is wrong, it is also completely the opposite. On the contrary, it is a great way to get your dog to....Read More