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Preventing Separation Anxiety When Returning To Work...

All across the UK and in many other countries, animal shelters have been reporting exceptionally high numbers of adoptions since the COVID 19 pandemic has started. Some shelters, like the Riverside County Animal Shelter in California, USA even ended upcompletely empty. It seems that many people have decided that the lockdown is the perfect time to welcome...

Managing your time at home with your dog...

Recent events of Coronavirus have led to a sudden rise in time at home for all family members - including the four-legged ones! Moving work, school and other responsibilities into our homes means navigating new distractions and tackling unique challenges for our dogs and humans too. Luckily, we've learned a thing or two over our 31 years of training and...

Top 10 Indoor Games for your Dog...

Dogs love to play outside, no matter what the weather or situation. When circumstances won’t allow it, dog owners can get creative at home to entertain our furry friends! Here is a list of indoor games to stimulate your dog's brain and to keep your dog happy, healthy and to enhance the bond you share. Where’s the Treat? What You Need: 3-4 empty...

Working from home with your dog...

Do you now find yourself working from home? Some dogs ease into this scenario and can be with their owners throughout the day without exhibiting behaviour problems. However, for others there are a number of problems that develop, such as dogs demanding attention by barking or whining and often at the worst possible times. Why do dogs act up in the home offi...

Home Alone Syndrome...

Dogs who become destructive when left alone in the home or garden, can often be misdiagnosed as suffering from separation anxiety. We cover separation anxiety in our separate article, and this explains in more detail the symptoms of this particular form of anxiety. Home Alone Syndrome may still result in nuisance barking and damage to your home and possessi...

Understanding Dog Body Language...

Do we really know what our dogs are trying to communicate? This infographic shows some of the basics to understanding dog body language. Although a dog’s sense of smell, hearing and eyesight play a big part in their everyday lives, they also have a language all of their own that they use to communicate what or how they are feeling. A dog’s body...

Separation Anxiety...

Do you struggle to leave your dog at home alone? Are you becoming a captive in your own home because of your dog’s barking, howling or destructive behaviour that starts from the moment you are getting ready to go out without him? Are your neighbours unhappy at the noise coming from your home every time you go out? When a dog’s stress level begin...

COVID-19 Social Distancing and Self Isolation...

It is a worrying time for all of us, but our dogs can give us some stability and comfort and a new routine, keeping us fit both mentally and physically and we can do the same for them. Public Health England and the NHS have general guidance on how to self-isolate on their website. However, for dog owners self-isolation can pose a unique set of problems. Th...

Keeping your dog entertained when home alone...

How does your dog cope when left home alone? Does he wait patiently for your return, listening for the sound of the car on the drive, or the key in the lock? Does he become bored or even stressed and seek out some entertainment? Providing some entertainment for your dog when left alone will stimulate the brain, can reduce boredom and anxiety, and so reduce...

Canine Dementia or Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome...

We all wish that our dogs could live forever and be fit happy and healthy until the end of their days. Sadly, however, dogs are susceptible to physical and cognitive degeneration in the same way as humans. Just as there is no magic potion for humans to reverse the effects of ageing, there is none for dogs. It is worth being aware of the symptoms of CDS (Cogn...

Canine Compulsive Disorder...

Does your dog show signs of compulsive behaviour? He may be suffering from a condition known as CCD (Canine Compulsive Disorder). Similar to OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) sometimes seen in humans, CCD in dogs causes them to repeat behaviours to extremes that are not normal, even to the point of injuring or maiming themselves so that they require veteri...

Taking your dog on a trip this summer...

As dog lovers, it is great to be able to travel somewhere for a holiday where our dogs can come too. Often, the thought of our furry friends enjoying the fresh air, wide open spaces, new friends and new adventures that await makes the trip even more worthwhile and exciting for us. Taking your dog on holiday will involve a little forward planning (and some ex...