Dog obedience training

by Vivien Richardson on February 28, 2012

If you have a very naughty or unruly dog, it can be quite stressful trying to train them yourself. You will need to have the patience of a saint and lots of time to invest in training a stubborn dog. You may find that, despite having exhausted all of the dog training books in the local library and having read up on all of the internet advice that you can find, you still need some additional help.

Thinking about dog obedience classes can be scary, especially if you are worried about controlling your pet alongside all of the other dogs that need training. However, dog training classes can be very beneficial, giving you the confidence to take your (more…)

Training difficult dogs

by Leanne Thompson on February 26, 2012

It can sometimes be hard to stay positive when trying to train your dog, particularly if they have a stubborn or unruly character. Trying to win a battle of wills with this kind of dog can often be disheartening.

Try to stay positive and understand your pet. If a dog misbehaves do not assume that they are trying to dominate or be the leader of the pack and that they need to be punished. Try to resist the urge to punish your dog when they begin to misbehave and try to understand the reason why the dog might be acting up. For instance, if your dog is prone to barking, try to understand (more…)

Dogs in Staffordshire participate in treadmill training

by Darren Jamieson on February 24, 2012

For dog owners in Stone, Staffordshire, a new opportunity has presented itself, enabling them to slim down their obese pets. Craig Flint, the owner of Quintessential Quarters boarding kennels, is fully trained in all aspects of canine behaviour. His involvement in the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers has allowed him to begin a new training regime, aimed at helping overweight dogs to lose the pounds.

Many exercises are included for all dog breeds, including treadmill workouts, which cost £9 per session. Running for a 12-week period, Mr Flint will use his knowledge surrounding behaviour and fitness to ensure that pet owners can feel (more…)

Puppy-proof your home

by Vivien Richardson on February 22, 2012

The first few weeks of a new puppy’s life are all about socialisation and exploring and no doubt your puppy will be in every nook and cranny of your home. You will need to have eyes in the back of your head to watch your puppy as much as possible, but obviously there will be times when you cannot be by your puppy’s side. Therefore, you need to make sure that your puppy is safe in your home when you cannot be there to supervise.

Make sure that any household cleaners and any other kinds of chemicals are (more…)

The gift of independence

by Leanne Thompson on February 20, 2012

Canine Partners is a national charity that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people who have disabilities (

Stephanie Read, who comes from Torquay, has Ehlers Danlos and is registered as blind. Stephanie received her dog, Vegas, from the charity in 2006 and three years later in 2009, Vegas received additional training from Guide Dogs so she could become a dual-purpose assistance dog and be able to safely guide a visually impaired person in an electric wheelchair. Stephanie spoke about how much of a difference Vegas has made to her life:

“Before getting Vegas, I was virtually a prisoner in my own home. I lacked confidence and felt isolated from the outside world. I needed help to get dressed and carry out the most basic domestic tasks, from answering the (more…)

Fire fighters rescue dog from ice covered pond

by Darren Jamieson on February 18, 2012

Derrick and Patricia Thorman are a husband and wife from Washington in England. A recent trip to take their daughter’s pet dog, Macy, for a walk turned into a frightening ordeal. With conditions around the United Kingdom recently plummeting as low as -10 degrees, many ponds and lakes have frozen over. Although this has proven to be an exciting time for ice skaters, it is proving to be a major threat to pet owners.

As Macy ran ahead of the Thorman’s to chase a swan, the ice gave way beneath her. Despite Derrick and Patricia wanting to save the Whippet dog, they were helpless due to the unbearable temperatures and danger that lurked beneath. This worry prompted (more…)

High frequency dog food commercial airs in the UK

by Darren Jamieson on February 16, 2012

Pets in the UK are to experience an innovative way of watching television, as Bakers released a high frequency advert on 13th February 2012. The high pitch sounds are set to attract dogs, but will be imperceptible to humans. This technique is aimed at grasping the attention of dogs with high frequency notes that will result in them barking. Bakers are hoping that the reaction of all breeds of dog will intrigue owners to purchase the product, resulting in a boost in sales for the company.

Bakers have been a victorious brand in dog food for many years, being named as (more…)

Spoiling your puppy

by Vivien Richardson on February 14, 2012

When you first get a new puppy, you will no doubt want to lavish all of your attention on it and buy it numerous toys and treats, spoiling your new pet. However, like everything else in life, it is important to have a balance when it comes to treating your puppy, though it can admittedly be difficult when you find your new pup so adorable and cute.

Rewards and treats are great for showing your puppy kindness. However, you need to set some boundaries to avoid overwhelming your puppy. For instance, they will need some toys to chew on and play with, but do not (more…)

Indoor games for your pet

by Darren Jamieson on February 12, 2012

Whatever the weather, your dog needs exercise. So, come rain or shine, you need to make sure that your dog gets some mental and physical stimulation. However, there will be some weather, days or circumstances when you just cannot give your dog a good long walk. On days like these, it can be useful to have some ideas up your sleeve to help keep your dog amused and entertained when indoors. You may even enjoy them too!

Classic games such as fetch or tug with your dog’s favourite chewy toy are well worn games but still entertaining for your pet – and they do not require much room in the house to play. Get into your hallway if you have (more…)

Golden Labrador undergoes operation to remove swallowed toys

by Mark James on February 10, 2012

Chester, a 21-month-old Golden Labrador, was thanking his owners that he was covered by pet insurance after he underwent an operation to remove a toy cow and a toy frog. Marian and Neale Stribling, the owners of this playful pup, had their fears alleviated after the staff at Cromwell Vets in the Huntingdon area successfully performed an emergency procedure to remove the toys.

The Golden Labrador encountered the incident after consuming the toys on two occasions, after mischievously stealing them from some of his other pet pals. Mrs Stribling said she was in ‘total shock’ when Chester (more…)

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