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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

How to train a dog

How to train your dog. Teach him to look to you for instruction.

How to train a dog  – part 1 A dog is a relatively straightforward creature, whose behaviour is driven almost entirely by what could be described as gaining reward and avoiding ‘punishment’ (more accurately, avoiding bad things happening). In many ways this is true of humans as well, except that we then moderate our behaviour through cognition. The […]