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Top Winter Safety Tips for Dogs

Top Winter Safety Tips for Dogs

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The Christmas lights are starting to go up, gifts are beginning to be bought, the days are getting shorter and it’s the last stretch before the holidays. Winter can also be a wonderful time of year for your dog too. Though this season does have some unique dangers and considerations for your four-legged friend. So follow these top tips to ensure a happy and healthy pooch throughout the long nights of Winter! Low Temperatures…

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Snuffle Mat Tutorial

Snuffle Mat Tutorial

A dog’s most powerful sense is their sense of smell, dogs just love to sniff! Giving dogs opportunities to use their nose in the home is hugely enriching for them. Snuffle mats are great ways to do this. Simply sprinkle their food or treats onto the mat and allow them to use their noses and brains to find it! This is also great to slow down fast eaters. A dog spending 5-10 minutes using a snuffle mat can actually tire…

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Hot Dogs to Happy Dogs: 10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs

Hot Dogs to Happy Dogs: 10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs

Summer can be wonderful time of year. Months full of beautiful weather, long daylight hours, day trips, time off work and holidays. It can also be a wonderful time of year for your dog. The better weather and longer days means that owners are more inclined to go on longer walks and do more outdoor activities that dogs can join in with. Kids are off school and many adults take time off work meaning that dogs get more company during…

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The Dangers of Punishing Growling

The Dangers of Punishing Growling

The way that dog’s communicate with us can, at times, be complex, subtle and hard to interpret. One tool that dogs do have in their communication toolbox that is none of those things however is growling. Even the most un-doggy person knows that when a dog growls it is not happy and would really rather you stopped what you were doing before things escalate! Now, many people understand the basics of social learning theory – that is the way that…

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Muzzle Training 101

Muzzle Training 101

Muzzles are great! They are an incredibly useful and important tool used to keep dogs and people safe. Unfortunately there is a lot of negative stigma surrounding muzzles and dogs that wear them. The social negativity associated with muzzles can lead to people being reluctant to use them which can sometimes have awful and tragic consequences. When people see a dog with a muzzle they sometimes assume that it is a dangerous dog and that it must have a poor owner….

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Nosework – Train Your Dog to Track

Nosework – Train Your Dog to Track

Smell is a dog’s most powerful sense, in fact, the average dog’s sense of smell is one thousand times more sensitive than a human’s. Dogs love to sniff and discover new things with their noses. For years, humans have used the dog’s fantastic sense of smell in order to help us in a variety of ways. Dogs are used to track down missing people, find drugs and bombs, some dogs are even being trained to sniff out cancer! Tracking training is not just…

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Training Impulse Control in Dogs

Training Impulse Control in Dogs

All animals are impulsive by nature, they see something they want and they act to obtain it immediately. Children learn to control their impulses as they learn what is, and is not, appropriate from their parents and society in general. Dogs are no different. If they are not shown and taught what is appropriate and to control their impulses then this can lead to rude dogs getting themselves into trouble. Many people find themselves struggling when their puppy reaches adolescence,…

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New Year Resolutions for You and Your Dog

New Year Resolutions for You and Your Dog

2015 is almost at an end and this is the time of year we look ahead and make plans and goals for the New Year. Some of the most popular resolutions don’t have to just benefit yourself and make you a better person, they can also be beneficial for your dog. Here’s some New Year resolution ideas to benefit both you and your dog! Get Fit and Healthy Agility classes are a brilliant way to keep both you and your…

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Make Christmas Fun and Safe for Dogs

Make Christmas Fun and Safe for Dogs

So it is officially Christmas week! Christmas is a magical time of the year but, at times, it can be a little scary, and even dangerous, for dogs. Bringing a tree into the house, rearranging furniture, new decorations, visitors, changes in routine. For some dogs this can be difficult to cope with. Here are some tips on making Christmas a fun and safe time for your dogs. The Christmas Tree For some, the tree is the most important and iconic…

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Clicker Training Your Dog

Clicker Training Your Dog

Clickers are a simple, yet fantastic tool to aid dog training. Clickers are small plastic tools which fit snuggly into the palm of your hand and contain a thin piece of metal which, when pushed, makes a clicking sound. Clicker training is a relatively new technique in the world of mainstream dog training but it is a tool I would recommend to every dog owner.   What Does the Clicker Do? A click from a clicker is an instant signal to…

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