Teach your dog to play trick or treat

by Vivien Richardson on September 30, 2009

Tomorrow is October and before you know it, Halloween will be upon us and your dog can join in.  Trick or Treat is actually a simple game for your dog to learn and any member of the family can join in.

If your dog has been out in his dog kennel all day or he has performed a training task then you can use this game as a reward any time.

Use the command ‘sit’ then take a treat and place it in your open palm. Pass it between both hands slowly so your dog can watch what you are doing.

When you have done that a couple of times close your hands.  Place your hands behind your back, before bringing one hand out in front of (more…)


by Darren Jamieson on September 29, 2009

puppooseThe Puppoose is reportedly an ergonomic way to carry your dog – talk about the handbag dog craze!

When we wrote about the Top 7 Most Famous Dogs, at Number 2 was Tinkerbell, Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua who is still seen as the trendsetting celebrity who started the handbag dog craze and a huge increase in the popularity of tiny dogs like the Chihuahua and the Pomeranian.

The Puppoose does (more…)

How to teach your puppy to recognise his name

by Vivien Richardson on September 28, 2009

When you choose a name for your puppy it is easier if you have chosen a name which is short so it rolls off your tongue.  Experts say to use a word of no more than two syllables or a dog will struggle to understand it.  Remember the name you have chosen will have to be called out loud, so you might want to avoid an embarrassing name..

Teaching your puppy to recognise his or her name is relatively easy. Crouch down in front of your puppy and hold out your arm and call him by his name. When he comes towards you reward him with a small treat and lots of fuss.

Do not use a ‘command’ tone but a pleasant and welcoming one.

Make sure your puppy has a suitable dog collar and dog lead before you start to train him to respond to your commands.

‘Recall’ is a training technique designed for your (more…)

Dog Photographer of the Year 2009 Announced

by Darren Jamieson on September 27, 2009

dpoty09winningphotoFollowing the attention that yesterday’s World’s Saddest Dog photo generated, perhaps you fancy yourself as a bit of a dog photographer or perhaps you think your dog is worthy of an award-winning photograph?

This week, the Kennel Club announced the winners of the Dog Photographer of the Year 2009 and the winning pictures can be seen on (more…)

Is this the world’s saddest dog?

by Leanne Thompson on September 26, 2009

worlds_saddest_dogWe challenge any dog lover anywhere not to look at this picture and feel something. Everyone altogether now, awww!

This fed up looking little pug has been nicknamed the saddest dog in the world after this photo made him an (more…)

Wonder dog escapes fire

by Darren Jamieson on September 25, 2009

In the Bolton News today, an 11 month old puppy called Ernie is being hailed as the ‘Wonder Puppy’ after his amazing escape from a fire in his home.

Ernie is an 11 month old Rottweiler and when a fire broke out in the cooker in his terraced home’s kitchen in Tonge Moor, the dog jumped over a child’s safety gate, nosed open the upstairs window and jumped 12 feet to the ground to escape the blaze.

Passers-by were astonished to see the puppy (more…)

How to choose the correct dog kennel for your dog

by Vivien Richardson on September 24, 2009

Dog kennels are popular with many dog owners.  If you have decide your dog is going to be outside during the day while you are at work you will need to choose a dog kennel which will keep him or her safe and comfortable, but you might also want a dog kennel for occasional use or just for when you or the family are out in the garden so your dog has somewhere to call his own.

The actual size of the dog kennel will depend on the (more…)

Model dumps fiancé for dog

by Darren Jamieson on September 23, 2009

How would you react if your fiancé said ‘It’s me or the dog’?  I know what my response would be.

A model from the city of Voronezh in Russia found herself in that exact situation when her fiancé told 27 year old Diana that it was either him or her dog – who by the way was dying at the time (more…)

Stray puppy to be next Blue Peter dog

by Leanne Thompson on September 22, 2009

blue peter dog barneyThis adorable puppy, pictured here courtesy of the BBC, has been named as the new Blue Peter dog addition to the team.

The nine month old puppy is a cross-breed of red setter-dachshund, is named Barney and was found for Helen Skelton, a Blue Peter presenter, by the Dogs Trust.  Barney is a stray who had been (more…)

Inverness Council rewards for cleaning up dog mess

by Leanne Thompson on September 21, 2009

If the stick doesn’t work, then it seems we will have to try the carrot and dog owners are to be rewarded with prizes for cleaning up after their dogs.

Dog mess and the cleaning up of is a hot topic, one that incites passion in a number of people from a wide variety of background and one that is mentioned on this site quite often when dog owners fail to clean up and new solutions are proposed.

Most initiatives around the solution to this problem involve finding ways to penalise dog owners who fail to responsibly pick up after their dog but now it seems that one council has decided using ‘a stick’ obviously doesn’t work so now they’re trying the ‘carrot’.

According to the BBC, Highland Council in Inverness intends to trial for the next three months dishing out (more…)

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