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Total Recall

In an ideal world, when the dog hears the words come!” he or she should stop what he is doing and run back toward you. Unfortunately, not many dogs think the command to come is an exciting enough for them to come away from playing with other dogs or exploring. They may have perfect recall as a pu...


Exercise the most important part of your dogs Life

Engaging in physical exercise triggers a chain of chemical reactions in the body and brain that promote a feeling of calm. The mechanism works in essentially the same way in both dogs and people. Have you ever noticed how relaxed your dog is after a long walk?

Achieving that calm, relaxed...


Canine Body Language

Canine Communication is very expressive; they communicate their feelings in different ways when they feel happy, sad, nervous, fearful and angry using their faces and bodies to convey a lot of this information to others. Canine body language is no different from any other animal but is an elabora...


Euthanasia of Dogs in UK

According to research, around 7,000 dogs are euthanised every year in the UK (and over 10,000 in Ireland). Sadly, they are discarded like a waste product of our society. There are many reasons why animals are put to sleep or euthanised, including injury, illness, and behaviour. Unfortunately, the...


Lead Pulling

There has been a lot written about how to stop a dog pulling on the lead so here is my take on the subject. The lead is unnatural for dogs so to be held on a collar and lead; however is a necessity because of the dangers around us such as traffic, busy public areas and the law requires this contr...


Become a True Leader

I believe the only way to truly change or train a dogs behaviour is to work with its natural instinct. If you try to go against its instincts the dog will automatically shut down and not respond to your training.

There are many theories and training systems being used today but what we hav...


Seperation Anxiety

Research suggests that canine separation anxiety is one of the most common behaviour problems that many dog owners experience. A recent study, which was conducted in the United Kingdom, indicated that as much as 50 percent of dogs have shown some symptoms of separation anxiety when they are left...


The Retractable Lead!

Many dog owners delight in the idea of a retractable leash, believing it gives their dog their freedom to roam and run while still connected with their owner. Unfortunately, until something awful happens, or almost happens, we're devoted to the notion that our dog is loving his freedom, is happie...


Dominance Theory is it flawed or just misunderstood

The early wolf studies were not flawed they were misunderstood; the wolves were held in captivity and not in studied in their natural habitats this is a fact. The wolves had been captured from different wolf packs, creating a volatile and unnatural pack structure. The studies focused largely on h...


Levels Of Aggression

From barking and biting to chewing and lunging, aggression in dogs is expressed through a variety of behaviours. Although unpleasant to see in our canine companions, aggression is a natural behaviour of pack animals, used to develop both the hierarchy and pecking order of the pack, as well as to...


75 Top Banned Or Restricted Dog Breeds

This article is not designed to scare you but just to inform you that the listed below dog breeds are banned somewhere in the world. This list is being updated with different breeds all the time. All you dog lovers out there may just be in for a shock. Breed-specific legislation and breed discrim...


Where does your energy come from and how does it affect your Dog.

Human energy has many levels and these levels must all be in balance to work in harmony to create optimum health. Your energy fields (levels) build upon each other. You have three main energy fields physical, mental and emotional. Physical body energy is essential as it allows your body to move a...


How to walk a Dog on the Lead

To help you decide, read these tips on how to walk your dog on lead, stay in control, and confirm you have the right tools for the ideal walk: 

1. Priority: be aware of your energy and body language while walking dog. Are you communicating a cool, calm canine state of mind?...

Why Dogs Bite

A dog bite is a simply reaction from your dog to a particular situation or moment, if your dog bites you, another human or even another dog it will be the most difficult challenge you will ever face. This is hard because all of us are emotional creatures. We bring dogs into our lives because they...


Why is our bond with dogs so strong

Over the last 12,000-14,000 years the human bond with the canine has been second to none. We have not bonded in the same way to any other species of animal in quite the same way. Why is this bond as ingrained and deep within us as a species? The answer lies within the canine ancestory and the way...


Prey Drive

The dog’s life revolves around a series of instinctive behaviours; prey drive is the one of the most powerful. All carnivores have an inbuilt ability and need to pursue and capture prey whether they are wild or domestic.

In training, prey drive can be used as an advantage because dogs with...


Can you re-train a dog's behaviour bearing in mind the strength of it's own natural instincts

The question to what extent can you re-train a dog's behaviour bearing in mind the strength of it's own natural instincts. I believe the only way to truly change or train a dogs behaviour is to work with its natural instinct. If you try to go against its instincts the dog will automatically shut...


Classical Conditioning its True History

Classical conditioning, celebrated number one type of learning for dogs. The thing that most people don’t know is that Classical Conditioning was actually discovered accidentally by Ivan Pavlov. Pavlov was a Russian physiologist who discovered this phenomenon while doing research on digestion of...


The Ultimate Working Dog

In my eyes the terrier is the most charismatic and boldest type of dog in the world today. Their origin is from genetic throw back in that I mean they were born of the same as any other dog but just smaller. We as hunter gatherers harnessed that and used these smaller version of our hunting dog a...


Dogs : Healthy Weight for Life

How to make sure your dog attains his ideal weight and maintains a healthy weight for life.

Track your dog's weight

Losing weight can propel your dog toward better health, but only if the weight is lost in a healthy, controlled manner. To make sure your dog is losing weight at a n...


What is the true value of our Pets

To really answer this you need to break it down into several parts.Looking at themonetary value of pets (breeders and businesses that use animals and the money that we spend on our pets), the mental value (Stimulation) the social value (Interaction with others) and the physical value that pets ca...


Leadership Program

Like children, dogs need guidelines and boundaries. Good leadership will earn your dog's respect and help him to feel secure. Here are a few ways to establish leadership:

1. The Leader Controls The Resources.Just as parents control allowance, curfewand use of the car, you should control al...


What is Dog Training

Dog training is the process of teaching skills or behaviors to your dog. This can include teaching your dog to respond to certain commands, or helping your dog learn coping skills to certain environments. Dog training is called classical conditioning designed by the human get a dog performing a d...


Rage Syndrome

Rage Syndrome, also known as Sudden Onset Aggression is a serious behavioural problem that has been reported most commonly in the Cocker Spaniel but can also be in a variety of other dog breeds.

It is often confused with other forms of aggression and can be misdiagnosed by Veterinarian’s a...


Canine Communication

Effective communication is essential for the formation and the maintenance of social relationships. Dogs have three main methods of communication:-

Auditory (Sound)

Visual (Sight)

Olfactory (Scent)

In developing an effective communication between you and your dog, the...


Grass Seeds and Dogs

Running around can be great fun for your dogs, however during the summer months it can cause serious pain and misery for your dog.

Why because of the dreaded grass seed, these can lodge in the dog’s skin on all parts of the body, which in turn causes painful problems such as abscesses and...


The Canine Social Structure

The basic unit of canine social structure is the pack is something that is not easy to study in a domestic situation. However, we can look at what we do know about dogs and wild dogs to understand how stable packs are maintained.

Our domestic dogs do well in group-living situations much li...


OCD in Dogs

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in dogs, does it exist or is it an excuse for an untrained dog. Well having lived with a dog with OCD for the past six years I can tell you that it does exist and it can affect your relationship with your dog.  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder also known as OCD, is a be...


The mind of the Rescue Dog

So you want to open your heart and home to a Canine Companion?

Well stop for a moment before you rush down to you local Dog Rescue to look for a new best friend or contact a breeder to ask about a Puppy. Take a minute to think about what you are about to do: Taking on the responsibility of...


The Grey Wolf our Dogs Ancestor

The grey wolf or gray wolf, Canis lupus, often known simply as wolf, is the largest wild member of the Canidae family. It is an ice age survivor originating during the Late Pleistocene around 300,000 years ago. DNA sequencing and genetic drift studies reaffirm that the gray wolf shares a common a...


Summer Sun, Fun, and Safety!

When it comes to the summer time heat and sunshine, make sure to follow some safety tips so your pet can join in the fun.

Even if it’s only for 10 minutes, don’t leave your dog in your car. Aside from being against the law in many states, even a few moments in the heat will turn your car i...


Owners forced to muzzle

Every dog owner in England and Wales could be forced to insure their pet to guarantee compensation for people who are attacked.

The government says it's responding to growing public concern that they're being used to intimidate or threaten people.

Owners could also be forced to muzz...


Toilet Training

House training is a stage which must be worked through with every new puppy. Some pick the idea up very quickly; others seem to take a while to catch on. If your pup is one of the slower ones, take heart they all get there in the end!

Understanding how your puppy's mind works can help to t...


A short history of Canine Obedience

Canine obedience training refers to the training of a dog. Canine obedience training can vary from very basic training, like the teaching of a dog to reliably respond to the basic of commands such as sit, down, recall, and stay, up to the higher level competition obedience.

Canine obedienc...


The Working Cocker

"This breed, like many others with origins as Gundogs, has some genetic lines that focus on working skills and other lines that focus on ensuring that the dog's appearance conforms to a breed standard set out; these are referred to as the ""working"" or""conformation"" strains, respectively. Afte...


Factors to consider when choosing a Dog

They're a number of factors to consider when choosing a dog. In the following article we are going to consider factors like how much is the dog going to cost (cost of food, insurance, toys and the list goes on) kenneling (where is the dog going to sleep inside or out), time (have you really got t...


It's not Me or the Dog, its Me and the Dog.

Many think that being a Behaviourist is about working solely with a dog’s behaviour, they think by just changing a dog’s behaviour then that’s the job done. Well I am here to tell you that the dog’s behaviour itself only counts for a small percentage of the problem. The human motivation is the pr...


Your New Puppy and your Vet

When your new puppy arrives at your home we recommend you allow a few days for them to adjust to their new surroundings before bringing them to the surgery. All puppies require an initial course of two vaccinations these can be started on your first visit to us.

Playing with your Dog

Playing with your dog is an important part of their training. Every time you interact with your dog you are using a form of training. If a activity is rewarding to the dog, then they will repeat it. Play will build an excited energy in your dog and when you put a structure to the game...

The Modern Labrador

The modern Labrador's ancestors originated on the island of Newfoundland, now part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The founding breed of the Labrador was theSt Johns Water Dog, a breed that emerged through ad-hoc breedings by early settlers of the island in the 16th century....


Positive or Positive Reinforcement Training

Dog training is the process of teaching skills or behaviors to your dog. This can include teaching your dog to respond to certain commands, or helping your dog learn coping skills to certain environments. Dog training is called classical conditioning designed by the human get a dog performing a d...


Dangerous Dogs

Dangerous dogs and the people who fail to control them face a new clampdown in order to protect the public, Defra Minister of State Jim Paice revealed today. Approximately 210,000 people a year are attacked by dogs in England alone, including 4,000 postal workers trying to deliver mail. There hav...


Perfect Puppy

At about two to three weeks of age a puppy starts to open its eyes and takes in its surroundings. The first stage is instinctive; they learn to crawl backwards as well as forwards. This is done in concession over and over again; and it's not long before they are up and on their feet. This is unli...


Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is an upper respiratory infection that affects your dog. It is caused by a combination of the canine Para influenza and the bacteria Bordetella Bronchiseptia. It is contagious and is so named because the infection can spread very quickly among dogs in kennels or shelters.



Do you know the Law

You can be fined up to £5,000 and/or sent to prison for up to 6 months if your dog is out of control. You may also not be allowed to own a dog in the future.If you let your dog injure someone, you can be sent to prison for up to 2 years and/or fined. If you deliberately use your dog to injure som...