Children and Dogs

Safety Guidlines Children and dogs no matter how well behaved should NEVER EVER be left unattended. Do not acquire a dog that is going to grow bigger than your smallest child. For children under the age of seven a small dog such as a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bichon Frise or Shih-Tzu are more appropriate as they will never grow … Read More

Possessive Dogs

Recently I have had several owners contact me about their possessive dogs. This problem is usually described by the owner as the dog growls whenever it steals something and the owner tries to get it back. So for September’s Topical matter I am going to give you some tips to prevent this situation and some advise on how to deal … Read More

Dog Boarding and Summer Time Dog Tips

Just a note about holidays, warm weather and kennelling Please check out boarding establishments in person. If you can it is advisable to leave you dog or cat for a weekend before your annual holiday, so that the animal knows you will return, the staff get to know your pet, and you and your pet get to know the staff … Read More

Dog Safety Tips

Just in case. Always keep your front gates/ hall door closed. Keep your dog on a lead when near traffic…even in the car park. Have your dog clearly identified and tagged. Do not allow children under the age of twelve to walk the dog unsupervised. Get your dog well used to being handled, groomed and examined. Socialise your dog with … Read More

How to House Train a Puppy

This month’s topic is House-training. House training is providing a routine and the opportunity for the dog to associate the relief of an empty bladder with a particular surface area that you the owner have chosen. It is learning through association and guided learning. Consequently punishing a young puppy or dog for toileting mistakes is the equivalent of punishing a … Read More

Is My Dog Happy?

Motivation is the key to any successful training programme but especially for behavioural problems. As before I can solve a problem such as inappropriate toileting indoors or possessive aggression I need to discover how the problem has developed and what methods the owner has already tried to resolve it. Once the motivation of the dog and the owner is established … Read More

How to Choose a Dog

May I suggest that when choosing to get a dog the following points must be considered. Does everyone in the household want a dog Who is the dog for? What is the reason for getting a dog, if the dog is not for you? Please consult the person for whom the dog is intended. They may not want one. Never … Read More

Advice on Buying a Puppy

Please do not buy a puppy without researching where it has come from. A good breeder will ask you the prospective owner as many questions as you should ask them. Both breeder and buyer should have the puppy’s welfare at heart. Buy a puppy in haste and you will pay much more than the price of the pup ! Here … Read More

Socialising Dogs and Socialising Puppies

Due to their shorter life spans dog mature relatively faster then we do. Human are consider adults at 18 years old where as it takes a puppy just 1-2 years to mature. Consequently one week in a puppy’s life is a very long time but in our life it is a very short period. Since puppyhood is so short and … Read More

Fetch! Teaching a Dog to Retrieve

Previously we talked about how to avoid possessive aggression. The best way to prevent this is to teach the dog that fair exchange is not robbery… which is the underlying principal of the retrieve exercise. Teaching the dog how to retrieve Find two similar toys. Keep the toys away from the dog and under your control. The dog only gets … Read More