From The Dog Walker

How to train recall

Recall has to be one of the top challenges for most dog owners but with patience and persistence can easily be overcome. It is important to begin training as early as possible with your new puppy or dog. Start by purchasing a whistle and I’d thoroughly recommend this book: Total Recall by Pippa Mattinson Lets Start To Train Recall Prepare your dog’s meal but don’t give it to him yet Attract his attention without saying anything (rattle his bowl etc.) {Read More}

Liver Homemade Dog Treats

Liver – Great Homemade Dog Treats Liver is a nutrient-rich organ meat that most dogs love!  Liver provides many vitamins, minerals protein and fat as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and essential amino acids your dog needs from his diet to keep him healthy. I recommend getting your liver from your local butcher ( I use Newlyn’s Farm shop in North Warnborough) and avoid game from the wild because you cannot guarantee the quality of the organ. Some {Read More}

What diseases do ticks transmit to dogs?

What diseases do ticks transmit to dogs? Ticks are parasites that attach themselves to dogs, attracted by the warmth and motion and then feed on their blood and thus transmit diseases directly into the dog’s system. The most important thing is to remove the whole tick, particularly its head as quickly as possible. 1.      Lyme disease – this is an infection caused by the bacteria a tick carries called Borrelia burgdorferi and is carried by the deer tick. The tick {Read More}

Dog Training – Discipline & Obedience Training Tips

In the Oxford dictionary discipline is described in part as: The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience. In essence, discipline for a dog means to learn from their leader what the rules and boundaries are and ultimately to follow their leader by using self-control to stay within them. What discipline doesn’t mean is punishment. While the dictionary says ‘using punishment to correct disobedience’ a dog should not be punished, {Read More}

How To Combat Stress, Anxiety & Aggression In Your Dog

All of us, our dogs included, suffer stress at differing times of our lives. The effect it has on our dogs is such that it causes them to react deciding whether they need to fight, freeze or flight. That is, fight to make the problem go away, freeze and hope the problem goes away or flight and run away from the problem. Dogs learn a powerful set of body language postures as they grow up which help them interact with {Read More}

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need?

If you’re a new dog owner you may be wondering how much exercise your dog needs and how long or how often you should walk your dog? Firstly, if you have a puppy make sure they are fully vaccinated before taking them out on walks. However it’s also vital in the first 5-12 week period of their life to socialise them with as many Well-mannered  dogs, pets and people as possible so be sure to have as many people over {Read More}

5 Top Tips For Dog Recall

Getting your dog to come back to you every time is vital for a safe and happy walk. In practice however, it’s never that simple. Here are some of my tops tips as a dog walker… 1. Be calm and happy. Recall should be an exciting activity for your dog – after all, coming back to you needs to offer them more than running towards another dog, chasing a rabbit or sniffing. Dog’s don’t rationalise like us humans and are NOT {Read More}

Tips On How To Habituate Your Puppy

Habituation is getting a dog used to something by repeatedly exposing it to the stimulus until it no longer provokes a reaction. Here are some tips on how to habituate your new puppy: Get your puppy used to travelling in cars as well as any public transport you’re likely to use so it becomes accustomed to the noises and sensation the car, train or bus makes. Reward him with a treat when he is calm, but if he is anxious {Read More}

The Top 3 Problem Behaviours In Dogs

You may be new to owning a dog or have had some for a few years, but have you ever wondered why your cherished companion exhibits some of the behaviours it does? The first step to overcoming a problem behaviour is to try and understand why they are exhibiting it as many behaviours are often misunderstood and consequently mishandled by dog owners. Here are a few key tips to take the first steps to better manage your dog’s behaviour problems. {Read More}

Making sure your dog gets enough exercise

I believe that enough quality exercise is the most important thing you can give to your dog and everything else will follow on from this. Their ability to focus and follow any training and discipline will be clear as their excess energy will be drained and they’ll be willing to work for you. Once they’ve had enough exercise they’ll be more than happy to settle down and sleep well leaving you to get on with whatever you need to. It’s {Read More}