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}

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}

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}