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 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}

Why Walks Are Vital For A Dog

Walks are a physical and psychological need for a dog and will often result in eliminating any unwanted behaviours. If your dog is exhibiting any unwanted behaviours the first question you should ask yourself is whether they are getting enough exercise, mental stimulation and socialisation with other dogs. A back garden is not enough. Dogs are not able to entertain themselves and whilst you might think they’re happy to sleep, this is often the case simply because they are bored {Read More}

Dog Walkers Tips To Stop Your Dog Pulling on the Lead?

Loose leash walking can be one of the hardest things to teach a dog as it’s not a very natural behaviour. This is why you see so many people being ‘taken’ for a walk as they’ve either not tried it or given up after a few weeks. So before starting out its worth remembering that it is going to take time (months or even years) to get right and it will be hard on you and your dog, but persistence {Read More}

How To Communicate Effectively With Your Dog

I’ve recently been reading ‘How To Speak Dog’ by Stanley Coren which I can recommend. In it he demonstrates that the average dog can understand words at about the level of a human two year old. We all know communication is vital in our relationships, and this is no different between us and our dogs. Dogs and humans use constant energy to communicate together, whether we realise it or not. It’s important therefore to remember that this is the main {Read More}