Two Ways to Train Your Dog

by Vivien Richardson on August 31, 2011

It can make your life a whole lot easier if you give your dog some basic obedience training. Discouraging bad behaviour can mean that life with your pet runs a lot more smoothly and that your dog is well socialised with other animals and humans outside of your family – which can make dog walking a lot easier!

There are two main ways that you can train your dog – either at home using dog training manuals or videos, or through attending dog training classes. If you have never trained a dog or new puppy before, it may be easier to take your dog to training classes where a tutor can point you in the right direction in terms of the behaviour and discipline to instill in your (more…)

Bloodhound’s sight saved thanks to a nip and tuck

by Mark James on August 30, 2011

A baggy-headed bloodhound has been saved from sightlessness after his owner forked out more that £8,000 for a facelift.

David and Denise Smart, who live in Selby, North Yorkshire, couldn’t bear to see their pet Junior go blind. The poor pooch is affected by an uncommon skin disorder – he had not developed into his skin like he should have, and the excess that was on his forehead had begun to droop down and obscure his vision.

The couple first became aware of the problem when they took Junior to a veterinarian to remove an (more…)

Basic doggy hygiene tips

by Vivien Richardson on August 29, 2011

Some people believe that they must bath their dogs every week. However, if your dog is healthy, then this is not the case. Your dog will only need to be bathed once every few months.

Some dogs do not like to be bathed, but you must show them that it is a good bonding experience – your dog will certainly love the attention they get from you.

Once you have bathed your dog, it is then a good idea to attend to some other dog (more…)

Tips for basic dog grooming

by Mark James on August 28, 2011

As a responsible dog owner, you need to ensure that you groom your dog on a regular basis. Here are some basic dog grooming tips that you will you need to follow:

Always brush you dog often, as this will help stimulate the natural oils in your dog’s skin and help it healthy. Regularly brushing your dogs fur will prevent it from getting matted and is an extremely good way to show your dog affection and attention. Regular brushing will also help get rid of dead hair and prevent your pet from moulting.

Walking your dog will help wear down their nails, but regularly clipping them is (more…)

Dogs turning into TV addicts, report says

by Leanne Thompson on August 27, 2011

As if it wasn’t bad enough that we Brits were turning into a nation of goggle box addicts, it seems that our pet dogs are also developing square eyes.

A new study has suggested that the average dog in the UK will spend 50 minutes a day staring at the chattering cyclops that dwells within our living rooms.

The Daily Mail reports that the study names Eastenders as the favourite show amongst dogs, with Philip Schofield coming up trumps as their favourite personality on screen. Poodle-haired motoring pundit Jeremy Clarkson came in (more…)

Dogs detect deadly disease

by Mark James on August 26, 2011

Dogs – they fetch your slippers, find drugs, bite rioters on the crotch and confound your postman, but it seems they can claim another talent – sniffing out lung cancer.

A new report in the European Respiratory Journal by German boffins conclude that your pooch may be able to detect lung cancer by smelling your breath. Although the team worked with just four dogs – an Australian Shepherd, a Labrador and a brace of German Shepherds – the success rate was remarkable. In 100 samples from lung cancer sufferers, they were able to (more…)

Caring For Your Dog: The Essential Guide Review

by Vivien Richardson on August 25, 2011

Caring for DogsI have recently read this book by Jennifer Thomson, and have to say that it is one of the most informative and easy to understand I have read. Being the owner of a 5-year-old Labradoodle who are renowned for their exuberance, I have purchased and read more than my fair share of training and caring for your dogs’ books.

It quickly becomes apparent that Jennifer Thomson knows what she is talking about, so it is no surprise to hear she has owned dogs all her life – and it was one dog in particular who inspired her to write the book, also including a chapter on dogs with special needs, such as epilepsy, as her dog Vic suffered (more…)

Quick tips for dog grooming

by Leanne Thompson on August 24, 2011

You may be reluctant at first to groom your own dog because you feel that you are too inexperienced to do it, and you are not sure where to start. Although it is certainly worth seeking professional help on occasion to ensure that your dog is kept in the best care, you can regularly groom your pet with success in your own home if you follow a few simple tips – you could save yourself some money at the same time.

Ensure that you have the right tools for grooming your pet. You will need equipment (more…)

Training your puppy on the lead

by Leanne Thompson on August 23, 2011

One of the great joys of owning a dog is taking your pet for a walk. Although it may not be too appealing on cold and wet days, walking your dog is an excellent form of exercise for you and your pet, and a great way to bond with your pet.

Most dogs will respond happily when you get out their collar and lead as they know it is time for walkies but when you first get your puppy, they may not respond initially in this way. Your puppy may be resistant to the dog collar at first as it feels so unnatural to them. Make sure that you get the appropriate sized collar for your puppy and ensure that you check it does not (more…)

Simple dog training tricks

by Vivien Richardson on August 22, 2011

Many people do not want their pets to perform a variety of tricks for their entertainment. Most dog owners just want their pets to follow basic commands in order to control their dog in the home and when taking their dog out for a walk.

However simple the commands are, it can be initially frustrating when you try to get your dog to respond to your training. Seeing your dog look at you quizzically when you are trying to get them to come to you or sit can be (more…)

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