Learning handling skills with your puppy

by Vivien Richardson on November 30, 2008

When you have a dog or a puppy there is no easy road to training them. Owner and pet have to take time to adjust to each other, which requires a lot of patience on both sides.

It will take time to learn the handling skills needed to make the dog training work successfully, especially if this is your first dog.

Simple things like learning how to hold a titbit, or how to use it as a lure and how to (more…)

How to recognise associational behaviour in your dog

by Vivien Richardson on November 29, 2008

It is important to be aware when teaching any exercise to your pet that it will learn to recognise sets of associations that surround the event rather than just what you are focusing on.

If you always teach your dog to lie down for his dinner in the kitchen and he begins to lie down before every meal when asked, you may think he knows what ‘down’ means.

However if you ask him to lie down outside he would (more…)

Why does a dog have a wet nose? To help it smell, it seems

by Leanne Thompson on November 28, 2008

Why do dogs have wet noses? It’s a question that is often asked, and the answer usually given is that the wet nose is generally a sign of a healthy dog. A new study however has suggested that a dog’s wet nose is an aid to its ability to smell.

A team of scientists from Pennsylvania State University, led by Brent Craven, believes that the mucus present in the dog’s nose helps the canine track scent. Because of the mucus, a dog is able to differentiate and detect scents from hidden drugs to pirate DVDs.

The scientists believe that the mucus absorbs the odour molecules, which in turn allows the dogs to (more…)

Fernando Torres tackled by dog

by Darren Jamieson on November 27, 2008

He may be Liverpool’s star striker, but Spanish hitman Fernando Torres was no match for Hank the German Shepherd when he played a one-on-one game at a training centre for dogs.

Torres, who scored the winning goal in this summer’s European Championship Final for Spain, played a game of football with the dog for the cameras. Torres displayed his skills, keeping the ball away from the dog, until Torres took (more…)

Is your Dog hard to motivate?

by Vivien Richardson on November 26, 2008

Some dog breeds can be hard to motivate. They may not be interested in food or games and toys. They may be interested for a short while and then be distracted easily.

Listed below are some of the main things that could be the cause of the dog not being in the mood. Watch for the happy tail wagging, that’s the sign of a (more…)

Police officers sentenced for abusing dogs

by Leanne Thompson on November 25, 2008

Two police officers from North Wales, who were filmed by a neighbour kicking their pet dogs, were sentenced by Denbigh Magistrates Court earlier today. The two offices, twenty-nine-year-old Anja Mason and thirty-four-year-old Craig Macleod, have received community service for their animal abuse crimes and have been banned from keeping any animal for just five years.

Both defendants are police officers, and at this stage are still on duty at their station.

Anja Mason has to complete 120 hours community service whereas Craig Macleod has received 180 hours of community service. Both police officers have to pay costs in the region of £1,267.10.

The RSPCA had attended the home of the two officers many times prior to the neighbour filming them abusing the dogs, but they failed to find any evidence. Once the concerned neighbour caught the pair on camera (more…)

Have Britain’s dog lovers gone cold blooded?

by Darren Jamieson on November 24, 2008

Britain is known as a nation of dog lovers, but new research suggests that we may have gone cold hearted, or at least cold blooded, in our love affair with dogs. According to research from the British Federation of Herpetologists (BFH), UK citizens prefer reptiles to dogs!

It’s enough to make you shudder, but the figures speak for themselves. The UK currently has a dog population of approximately 6.5 million, whereas there are nearly 8 million snakes, lizards and other cold blooded reptiles being kept as pets in this country.

The reptile explosion is predicted to eclipse the country’s most popular pet, the cat, within (more…)

Naming your dog

by Vivien Richardson on November 23, 2008

Once you have chosen your puppy, or should I say your puppy has chosen you, and the puppy has been introduced to his new home and you have been introduced to little puddles of excitement, then the naming ceremony can begin.

You should try calling him (or her) by one name and another until the decision is made to choose a name which is the most suitable for this loveable but (more…)

Dogs and their toys

by Vivien Richardson on November 22, 2008

If your dog is boisterous and alert instead of tired, choose the times during the day when he is rested to train him.

Make sure that he has been to the toilet and is not distracted by anything else.

If you have a large dog that is full of energy try giving him vigorous exercise with a ball to run off some of the energy and then start him on (more…)

Girls Aloud Helps Dog Scheme

by Leanne Thompson on November 21, 2008

This week, Cheryl Cole and the rest of the Girls Aloud group were in Uxbridge, West London to help launch a scheme to promote the welfare of dogs by teaching children how to look after them.

The girls went to the Dogs Trust on behalf of Nintendo to donate Nintendo DS consoles and copies of the Nintendogs game to the trust. The group, Sarah Harding, Cheryl Cole, Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle and Kimberley Walsh, are seen in the Nintendogs advert playing with their virtual dog and in a statement said:

‘We are (more…)

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