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Why Does My Dog?...

As dog owners, we love our dogs and enjoy their little quirks and personality traits, but sometimes their behaviours might leave us bemused. This is often because these are instinctive survival or pack behaviours inherited from their ancestors. Give doggy licks and kissesSome people love and encourage their dog to give kisses, whilst others aren’t so...

Puppies and Backstreet Breeders...

We want to advise you about the dangers of rushing to buy a puppy to give on Christmas Day. There are several reasons why this can be a bad idea; not least because it is the person receiving the puppy who must be committed to its care, not the giver. Owning a dog comes with a great deal of responsibility. Puppies need lots of care, attention, time and patien...

Puppies and School Holidays...

In this article, we want to talk about the effect school holidays can have on puppies. In the same way that school holidays are a break in routine for your children, they can create a break in routine for your puppy. However, whilst your children understand that after the break they will return to school and resume their weekly routine, puppies quickly devel...

Toilet Training Your Puppy...

Toilet training is one of the main issues that we are called to help with. The excitement of getting a new puppy is often replaced with frustration as the reality of the hard work involved in toilet training sets in. We have some tips to help you when toilet training your puppy. By following these simple tips, you will speed up your puppy’s toilet trai...

Expecting a baby? Prepare your dog...

We often get called to visit dog owners who have just welcomed a new baby. Their dogs behaviour is causing a nuisance to the new parents after the arrival home of a new baby. The behaviour traits that dog owners have accepted from their dog prior to the arrival of the baby, is now causing too much noise, stress, and anxiety as their dog continues to jump up,...

Easter Holidays...

It’s that time of year again. The shops are full of chocolate eggs and hot cross buns in preparation for Easter weekend, many of us are looking to nice long weekend away from work, and the weather is improving…maybe! For children, Easter is a time of treats, egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and much more. For adults, also, Easter eggs can be a welc...

Are you under the paw?...

You may have seen our recent article The Importance of Training your Dog where we talked about the importance of regular training sessions between you and your dog to maintain communication. In today’s article, we are taking a light-hearted look at the training that takes place in lots of homes every day…where your dog is training you! It...

Being a responsible puppy owner...

When people bring home a puppy it is a time of great excitement and fun for all the family. In previous articles, we have talked about the importance of training your puppy in a fun, gentle and consistent way from the very first day you bring him home. This involves the basics of toilet training, sleeping alone through the night, sit, stay, come when called...

The importance of training your dog...

When people buy a puppy, they take their responsibilities very seriously, ensuring that the puppy receives the necessary vaccinations, learns where to sleep, where to eat, and where to toilet. Then, when the puppy is ready and able to leave the house, they conscientiously attend puppy training classes every week for the first few months of the dog’s li...

How to greet a dog safely and politely...

Since you are reading this, you are probably someone who likes dogs! You are certainly not alone. As Bark Busters dog trainers & behaviour therapists, we spend most of our time with dogs. This means that we constantly meet dog lovers, be they owners, children, or passers-by. So we thought we'd give you some advice on how to greet a dog safely and politel...

Muzzle training your dog...

There was a time when muzzles were considered the sign of a dangerous dog. Fitting a muzzle was a last resort for owners who could not trust their dog not to attack other dogs and/or people. Although muzzles are much more widely used these days for many and various reasons other than aggression, owners are often reluctant to use a muzzle as they feel that it...

Crate training your dog or puppy...

In a recent article, we discussed how to meet your dog’s needs. One of a dog’s needs is for shelter, its own space or den. We know that, in the UK, most dogs live indoors with their human family and so they do have shelter from the extremes of heat or cold, or from wet weather. Having your dog living indoors also means that they are part of your...