dogs

New website can help with all your breed questions

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Breed Advisor is a new website designed to help owners when it comes to choosing the right breed for them. The website has a wealth of information, including a dive into: breed personalities trainability ratings health & exercise needs diet  plus lots more This really is a one-stop destination for owners and potential pet parents […]

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Create a sensory pet garden (inside or out)

Ever heard of a sensory garden?  It’s a self-contained garden that is designed to stimulate the senses not just with lovely looking and nice smelling plants and flowers but also by having items that can be interacted with, such as fuzzy plants to touch or giant instruments like a xylophone, strung up that people can […]

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Enrichment tip: toilet roll treats

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This is a simple hack that you can get the kids involved in. What you will need:  Toilet roll tube[s]  Some of your dog’s kibble or treats How to make your crazy kebab: Grab yourself a toilet roll tube and have to hand some of your dog’s daily kibble or treat allowance (dried food works […]

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Enrichment tip: crazy kebabs

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This is a simple hack that you can get the kids involved in. What you will need: Some carrots (or whatever your dog is motivated by, such as sausage, cheese, cucumber) A skewer (or scissors if you don’t have one) Garden string How to make your crazy kebab: Cut up some carrots and use your […]

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Some hacks to burn your dog’s energy during lockdown

While many of us are in lockdown, this presents a challenge for owners of energetic young dogs and certain breeds that typically require more exercise than others.  Research suggests that reduced physical and mental stimulation is associated with increased dog anxiety (Menor-Campos et al., 2011), and this can lead to undesirable behaviours such excessive vocalisation, […]

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Playing with your dog: some scent game ideas

Ten years ago my little book was published, designed as a quick-read for owners to understand the importance of play and to help them get started on some easy games and tricks to teach their dog.   Presently we are in a surreal time; around 20% of the world’s population is in lockdown due to […]

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Staying healthy & supporting your training during COVID–19

18th March 2020 – Message from Hanne Grice These are unsettling and extraordinary times as the situation with COVID–19 remains extremely dynamic.  Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 5pm briefing today, as an educator we are halting our current Puppy & Dog School classes.  We aim to offer our students booked onto our forthcoming courses alternative […]

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Generalisation of behaviours – “But he’ll do it at home!”

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This week I was having a chat with a client who was trying to understand why her dog was struggling to perform some well practiced behaviours in and around her home environment but not in class – and this prompted my post on the importance of generalising the behaviours we want our pets to do.  […]

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Itchy skin is linked to behavioural problems in dogs

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There are many factors that can influence a dog’s behaviour and underlying medical reasons are just one. Now, a new study has shown that itch severity in dogs with Apotic Dermatitis (cAD) is associated with behaviours typically considered undesirable, for example: mounting, chewing, hyperactivity, eating faeces, begging for and stealing food, attention-seeking, excitability, excessive grooming […]

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Ten tips to avoid spooking your pets this Halloween

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Halloween will soon be here.  While Halloween may be great fun for many, it can be a time of real worry for our four-legged friends.  Having the door knocked or bell rung throughout the evening then people dressed in strange looking outfits shouting “Trick or Treat” could spook even the most placid of pets and […]

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