Electric Shock Collars to be Banned in England

A nation of pet lovers allows the use of electric shock collars: The headline designed to make dog owners wince has certainly hit a nerve. Is it long overdue or another example of our “nanny state” society? Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary said that “punitive” collars “cause harm and suffering to our pets”. They have […]

Are Dogs Wolves in Designer Fur Coats?

Our dogs are, by scientific standards and evolutionary history, domesticated descendants of the wolf. Their DNA is still 99 per cent wolf, despite the different breeding trends that man has imposed over recent centuries. In the scheme of evolution, dogs are a relatively new sub-species given that wolves have been around for 30,000 years or […]

Hot Dogs

Headline News: Two Dogs Die in Police Vehicle Two dogs were baked alive in a police dog handler’s vehicle – the second time that this particular officer has left his dogs in a secure car without ventilation in very hot weather. It cannot be emphasized enough that if dogs are left in vehicles without adequate […]

Dogs and Horses: eating horse dung

Q            I live in an area where there are lots of horses. The roads and footpaths where we walk are strewn with horse dung, which is particularly attractive to my dog. He makes a beeline for it when off-lead and even when on-lead he shows an intense interest, especially if it’s fresh! I want to stop […]

The Missing Links – Respect, Leadership, Communication

Q            I give my dog everything she needs: love, care, the best food, exercise – she lacks for nothing, yet I feel there’s a missing link. It’s as if she decides not to hear what I tell her and she sometimes chews things like my shoes or chair legs! I just don’t know what more […]

Do Dogs have a Sixth Sense?

Q            I think my dog has a “sixth sense”, because he seems to know what I am going to do before I do it. Is this possible? A            It’s probably fair to say that dogs are acutely aware of our movements and that they learn to predict what we are going to do before we […]

Dogs in Cars

Dogs in Cars Most dogs are happy to jump into cars knowing that journey’s end will bring excitement, new terrain and the chance to explore. Laws have been enacted to safeguard children when travelling in cars, however, no such provision is made for dogs, so here are a few suggestions that may just make your […]

What Dogs and Bears have in common

A recent finding of research into nutrition for zoo animals revealed that giving bears larger enclosures with added distractions (activities) helped to reduce the focus on food so that the bears were healthier and fitter. This is also an excellent tip for pet owners with a dog that seems to be constantly hungry. Environmental enrichment, […]

Dog Dental Care

Dentists – love them or fear them – are as essential as doctors to our healthcare, but dental care for dogs is not as high on our priority list as perhaps it should be. Dogs rely on their teeth for eating, chewing, playing and picking up things, so it’s essential that their oral hygiene is […]

Spring in the Garden

It’s Springtime and dogs love to be in the garden, so here are some tips to keep them safe: Slugs and snails can carry parasites, especially lungworm. Check with your vet that your dog’s monthly or quarterly medication includes protection for lungworm (not all do). Control slugs and snails by using pet-safe organic slug pellets […]