Building relationship with your dog

Building relationship with your dog

As a dog walker in Newcastle, my co-workers are always hearing me say “Once you’ve established relationship, you can let him off.” But what does this mean, and how can you go about building relationship with your dog? In this case, relationship is not so much about feeling (though feeling often follows), but about connection […]

Some dogs need space – dog to dog reactivity

Some dogs need space

If your dogs is friendly towards other dogs and like to greet them enthusiastically this post is for you – some dogs need space from your dog. AND If your dog is sometimes reactive towards other dogs this post is also for you! Your dog needs space from other dogs. It is a hard post […]

My very best dog toys

best dog toys

After thousands of hours spent watching hundreds of dogs play and interact with me, each other and a huge range of toys, a few of these stand out as worthy of a place on my list of the very best toys for dogs. Value for money is always somewhere in the equation when we consider which […]

Separation anxiety in dogs (2)

Separation anxiety in dogs

In the first half of Separation Anxiety in Dogs, we looked at why some dogs struggle with being left on their own, and what signs indicate that your dog might be suffering stress in your absence. This article looks at the nuts and bolts of helping bored, lonely dogs and those with separation anxiety, to […]

Separation anxiety in dogs

Before I begin to write about separation anxiety, I would like to start by pointing out that every dog is an individual, and while the principles outlined here will apply to a greater or lesser degree, only you know your dog’s history and circumstance. It is important to begin there and to carefully work out […]

The use of carbohydrate in dog food

Carbohydrate in dog food Which carbohydrate foods are best suited for dogs? Should dogs eat wheat? Can dogs digest corn? Should dogs eat grains at all? Lets try to answer these questions by taking a closer look at carbohydrate in dog food. It is thought that the ancestors of our domesticated dogs were feral or […]

Home boarding, house sitting or kennels?

Holiday care for our dogs We all look forward to holidays as a welcome break from the hurry and busyness of everyday life, but deciding where to leave our dogs to go on holiday can often be the cause of significant anxiety and stress. Deciding to leave our non-human family members behind is bad enough, […]

Why do dogs need toys?

Why do dogs need toys? Most people that I know, who own a dog, consider their canine companion to be part of the family, and Christmas means presents for dogs, just as surely as it does gifts for children! So are dog toys more than just a momentary distraction? Do dogs need toys? What do […]

The use of meat in dog food

meat in dog food

The use of meat in dog food Dogs are non-obligate carnivores, rather than omnivores, which means their teeth, digestion, enzymes etc are primarily that of a carnivore, but they have adapted to cope with small amounts of vegetable and grains. Nevertheless it is important for us as dog owners to understand the use of meat in dog […]

Dog walking in the dark – how to stay safe and visible

dog walking in the dark

We’re still a few weeks away from the shortest day of the year, but dog walking in the dark has once again become a reality for most of us. It’s easy to be overly confident, even blasé, but the reality is that pretty much all of the daytime issues that can arise on an average dog walk, are exacerbated by […]