Meet our dog walking team at Custom Canine Care

Use of a dog walking service requires trust, not only that the walker will come and walk your dog for the required mount of time, but also that they will be kind and responsible, deal with any challenges that arise and take good care of your home. That’s a lot of trust, and here at […]

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 […]

Stop pulling on the lead – best dog walking harness

stop pulling on the lead

According to a Blue Cross survey, published in 2011, the UK pet products market is worth around 15 billion pounds a year. It’s clear we spend a great deal of money on our pets (and dogs make up a large portion of the pet population), and the producers are more than happy to keep up […]

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 […]

Dog walking – whose walk is it anyway?

Dog walking Some of my happiest childhood memories involve dog walking… in those days it was multiples of shelties around the village where I grew up, then as a young adult I walked with Patch, my rescued border collie with whom I enjoyed twice daily beach walks. A decade later, it was Ben – another […]

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 […]

Dog walking in Newcastle – when the dog says “no!”

Today I did my first walk with Willow who is a beautiful black and gold Hovawort. We’d met on a couple of occassions and got along well, indeed she was positively affectionate at the initial booking visit. I’d done a ‘test drive’ with her human waiting down the street only yesterday, just to be sure […]

Dog walking musings – a rose by any other name…

Does it matter what we call things? People? Animals? It seems to be human nature to label; to reduce complex situations down to a single word. She’s insecure, autistic, gregarious, selfish, intelligent or a doormat. We do it with our dogs all the time… he’s stubborn, reactive, clingy, friendly, anxious, full of himself. Labelling seems […]

Dog walking in a snowy Newcastle upon Tyne

The recent snowfall and freezing weather has brought challenges to all kinds of people simply going about their daily work. I sat in my car the other day watching (with great empathy) a group of burly men trying to manoeuvre unending green bins onto an unruly snowbound bin lorry through deep pavement snow. For many […]

Dog walking in Newcastle upon Tyne – leads and harnesses

At Custom Canine Care I have a policy that I will buy the necessary accessories for any dog that I walk on a regular basis, as and when these are required. I find this an easy way to build a good equipment base over time, without one huge financial investment. I don’t see the need […]