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Don't Confuse Your Dog...

As Bark Busters trainers, one of the most common things we hear from dog owners is "My dog doesn't listen to me". If you have heard or read about the Bark Busters system of training, you will know that it is founded on communication; voice tone and body language. This leverages the natural communication which works for dogs and has done for thousands of yea...

Jumping Up...

We often get called to see dogs who are in the habit of jumping up at people. It may be that they jump up at their owner, or visitors, or anyone they pass in the street! It’s a behaviour that can be, at best, embarrassing for the owner or, at worst, putting the owner at risk of criminal charges and an expensive fine. When dogs greet each other (beside...

Bereavement: Coping with the loss of a dog...

Dogs are with us for just a short period of our lives and yet, during that time, they become a major part of our family. Many people would describe the attachment they feel towards their dog as just as strong, if not stronger, than that felt towards some human relatives. So when it is time for our beloved pet to leave us and cross over the "Rainbow Bridge",...

Dangerous Dog Breeds...

There has been a major furore on social media recently over a sign erected by a Councillor on an area of public land in Ireland. This prohibits certain breeds of dog from being allowed off lead. The selection of breeds subject to this ban appears to be based on the Councillors personal feelings. The force of the backlash against the Councillor from dog owner...

Introducing a new dog or puppy...

If you have decided that the time is right to add a new dog to your family, you will probably be feeling really excited to introduce the new addition to the rest of the family. There will be reasons why you felt that this was the right dog for your family…right age, right size, right temperament, good with children, good with other dogs etc., so you a...

Dog Bite Prevention Week 2016...

Dog bite prevention week takes place on the third week of May annually and aims to educate people in how to avoid being bitten by a dog. It's a sad fact that dog bites, in the UK, increase more and more each year. Over the past 10 years, dog bites have increased by over 40%. The latest NHS figures appear to show that there has been an increase of over 6% on...

Teaching Recall to your Dog or Puppy...

Does your dog come when called? Now that we are into Spring, and the weather is warmer, many of us enjoy the chance to take our dogs out and allow them a good run off lead. If your dog comes every time you call him, that’s great. But if you find that your dog consistently ignores your recall, then you could try improving your technique, and putting som...

Springtime with your dog...

Now that we have made it through Easter, the days are getting longer, and the fields, hedgerows and gardens are bursting into life, no doubt you can hardly wait to get out and explore the countryside with your dog. So we thought we would put together some tips and advice to help you and your dog stay safe and healthy this Springtime. Make sure you check tha...

Adopt a dog - World Stray Day...

You may be familiar with the slogan “don’t shop, adopt”. It is intended to encourage us to find our next family member at one of the many dog rescue centres around the UK, cut the demand for puppies and so reduce the number of puppy farms and indiscriminate, unlicensed breeders. There are thousands of dogs looking for a new home and, by ado...

Pet Theft Awareness Week UK...

March 14th – 21st is Pet Theft Awareness week in the UK. Pet Theft Awareness is the name of an organisation in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of the issue of pet theft. It is lobbying for changes to UK law making pet theft a crime punishable by a custodial sentence, and is also involved in campaigning for compulsory scanning of found pets to im...

Compulsory Microchipping April 2016...

All dog owners need to be aware of the laws relating to dog ownership and how they apply to them. At Bark Busters we appreciate the benefits to all dogs of responsible dog ownership and so we have put together some important information about microchipping which becomes a legal requirement for all dogs in ENGLAND from 6th April 2016. The information given b...

Crufts 2016...

Crufts, the world's largest dog show, is celebrating 125 years this year and the event will draw people from all around the World. Bark Busters are delighted to be attending the show again this year, and our team will be available to meet and chat to dog owners, and to offer advice on any training queries. Our stand will be manned throughout the four days, f...