It’s hard to make the grade as a guide dog. Indeed, the success rate is surprisingly low and that means charities could be spending more money than they need to on their training programmes. If they could predict more accurately which dogs will be successful, they could certainly save a fortune. If training programmes had […]
I have always wanted a dog but over the years, my work commitments have prevented me from welcoming a dog into my household. Things are different now though and so I have been looking forward to choosing a gorgeous puppy. Until yesterday!
Your dog is more than just a pet, it is a treasured member of your family and your pooch represents a significant financial investment. It makes sense to maximise their life span so that you can enjoy their company for longer. The good news is that you don’t need to break the bank to ensure […]
Last week I attended the Britain’s Got Talent auditions at the London Palladium. You never know what you are going to see at these auditions. You can be lucky enough to witness a Susan Boyle moment but you can find yourself treated to a succession of uninspired and unprofessional acts. Unfortunately, on this occasion, the […]
Why Do We Love Our Disgusting Pets? I have never owned a dog but I always enjoyed looking after my friend’s pooch Charlie. I found it faintly odd that I relished our walks in the park. Why would I want to pick up the poop of someone else’s dog? Especially when the lack of bins […]
When is A Dog Attack a Criminal Offence? In recent weeks, two young children have died as a result of dog attacks. One incident is being treated by the police as a criminal offence but the other is not. Why?
Your Dog Is Good for Your Health You probably devote a great deal of time and money to ensuring that your pet is happy and healthy. But did you realise that if you own a dog, they are helping to keep you healthy too?
The Dangerous Dogs Act You have probably heard of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. This act banned certain types of dogs in the UK and was aimed at protecting people from dangerous animals which have been bred to fight. Unfortunately, the legislation is far from perfect as there can be confusion over what is and […]
Can Dogs Smell Fear? Cynophobia, a fear of dogs, is relatively common. If you suffer from this phobia then at some point in your life you have probably been advised to remain calm when you encounter a dog in case they smell your fear. But can they really smell it and are they more likely […]
A Poo in the Park I love to take a walk in the wildlife preserve that is close to my home. It is the one haven of peace in what is otherwise a busy urban area with an overload of traffic. The park is a mere 500 yards from my front door and yet I […]
Do Dogs Really Watch TV? Your dog may appear to be glued to the television screen or following the footage on your tablet but are they really watching it?
Dogs Understand More than You Think When you talk to your dog then you should be careful, not just about what you say but also how you say it. A new study has revealed that dogs can understand both the words and the tone of voice used to deliver them!
Dog owners have a responsibility to make sure their dogs are well socialised. As puppies grow up, they need to have positive experiences with other dogs and learn how to behave around their canine companions. If you want a dog that is well balanced and friendly with other dogs then you need to socialise them […]
Choosing the right dog training class can be difficult. You want to make sure you find a high quality trainer who will treat your dog in the right way. There are lots of people out there who run dog classes that don’t always know what they are doing, and may not have enough experience or […]
All dogs owners want to have a well trained dog. However, things don’t always go to plan and some dogs can be more challenging than others. Thinking you can teach a dog hundreds of tricks might be a little ambitious, it’s the basics you want them to master first. The following things are behaviours that […]