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The Sit & Stay

This is an exercise that can only be correctly taught if each stage is perfected before continuing on to the next stage. The training for this exercise should be started indoors, the dog on the lead and no distractions. Initially the handler should be kneeling on the... read more

Drug Detection

I have recently heard some interesting news from Police K9 that I thought readers might like to know about. Scent Pictures: Several Police Dog handlers on the Police-K9 list have been discussing the dogs ability to detect mulitple odors. One agency is actually mixing... read more

Doggy Odor

If your dog has doggy odor there could be many causes. There are many solutions.Doggy odor can be caused by the dog rolling in decomposing organic material. It’s a favourite fragrance of most dogs, and is usually cured by a good bath.Doggy odor might be due to... read more

Christmas Time

Every year comes the message ‘A Dog Is Not For Christmas, its for life’ A living puppy should not be thought of in the same category as a Christmas toy. A puppy that makes it first appearance, as a gift under the Christmas tree is more likely to be thought... read more

Feeding instructions

All pet foods are required to provide feeding directions on the label. The regulations suggest that the simple instructions showing the amount to feed in cups or weight to a given size of dog is provided conspicuously on every package of food. Unfortunately feeding... read more

Garlic

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have decided that a clove of garlic a day may indeed have the power to ward off infections from the common cold to E Coli according to the editor of Canine Health Concern Catherine O’Driscoll.... read more

Understanding Dogs

Many times in a week I am informed that a dog only understands German, French, Spanish, English etc. I find that many owners and some trainers have a misguided perception of what a dog really is and entertain false expectations of their pet. Most think their pet is a... read more

House Soiling Cure

If you follow this program you will have a happy, reliable pet in three days. That’s right, THREE DAYS. I know you think that’s impossible or will take amiracle, but I promise you it’s true. And it’s easy, so easy you won’tbelieve it if... read more

Dog Food Secrets

Dog foods do vary in quality. So do the companies that make the foods. To some companies quality is only a word. To others, it’s a way of life. Ultimately, the quality of a dog food is best measured by your dog. How your dog performs on the food, how he looks,... read more

Scratching and Licking

Dogs that ritualistically scratch and lick could well be indicating that there is an allergic reaction to the food they are eating, or to an ingredient in the food. If the body defence mechanisms are in action, this will in turn trigger off cells, which release... read more

Dogs and Cars

Many people think they are being kind giving their dog freedom to bounce around the car, but actually dogs will feel much safer secured in a travel kennel, wearing a harness, on the floor of the car, or behind a dog guard. The National Canine Defence League urge dog... read more

Sexual & Behaviour Tendencies

The FemaleBitches are more affectionate and easier to control than the male dog. They are about thirty percent smaller than the male and whatever their breed, tend to be more gentle with children. The bitch will come into season about every 6 months and this will last... read more

You and Your Vet (1)

Preparing your dog for vet’s inspection:It is essential that all dogs are regularly inoculated and wormed, that is; inoculations and boosters every year, worming treatments every 3 months. The only effective worming products are available from your vets. Many... read more

Vital Signs in a Dog

Body Temperature. 100.5 -101.5F (38.1C – 38.6C) but may be as high as 101.8 (38.8C) in stressful situations, such as at the vet’s office. Pulse. 70 beats per minute in large dogs; 120 beats per minute in small dogs. These rates are based on the animal... read more

Microchips

Responsible pet owners are using microchip to ensure that if their pets are ever lost and turned into the pound they will be returned as quickly as possible. In many areas in Spain it is a legal requirement. Responsible breeders are also making increasing use of these... read more

Can a dog get pregnant in her first heat?

Dogs in heat -First Time Pregnancy? YES! First heat can vary greatly dog to dog. The youngest is about six months of age though sometimes a female will come into season younger. First heat can start as late as 12 or even 14 months of age or later in rare cases.... read more

Behaviour is inherited

Behaviour is Inherited, So much depends on how your dog gets on in life.I thought it  appropriate to write about ‘Inherited Behaviour’ because all dogs will certainly have inherited behaviour. The behaviour of dogs like all animals, gets inherited via genetic... read more

Questions and Answers 1

Questions and Answers 1Question: Is it better for my female to have one litter of puppies? Answer: If you are an ordinary family and not experienced my advice is to have her spayed and leave it to the professionals. Your female may not be suitable for this purpose. I... read more

Chocolate Danger to Dogs

Chocolate Danger to DogsChocolate made for human consumption can cause death in dogs. Dogs are sensitive to a class of chemicals called methylxanthines. Caffeine and theobtomine are members of that family. Dogs simply cannot metabolise and excrete methylxanthines as... read more

Calm down dear Boy..Calm down

Calm down dear Boy..Calm down Michael Winner was a friend of mine so I am certain he will not mind me  stealing his wonderful catch phrase Calm down dear Boy..Calm down when dealing with a greedy eater.I am now writing about my Boy Boy (BB), For those that do not know... read more

Car sickness

The first thing to realise when dealing with car sickness is that in 95% of cases it is stress related and not motion related.  The most powerful memory imprint of any dogs brain is probably the car ride when it was taken away from all it ever new to be safe and... read more

Exercise for Dogs

Most veterinarians will caution pet owners not to exercise a dog right after feeding him. This is certainly true of strenuous exercise, which can make a dog throw up and can lead to gastric torsion. A recent study by the Divisions of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell... read more

Phantom Pregnancy / False Pregnancy

Definition of False PregnancyFalse pregnancy, also called pseudopregnancy, is common in intact female dogs. It usually occurs somewhere between 6 and 12 weeks after a bitch goes through her normal heat cycle and is caused by an exaggerated response to normal hormonal... read more

Punishing a Puppy

Punishing a Puppy I think the message I have is that we cannot ever expect a puppy to think human…therefore it is quite reasonable for us to think like a dog……A very good book on the market is called Think Dog…by the late John Fisher, well... read more

Bobby

Bobby Have you heard of Bobby a Skye Terrier?When his owner John Grey died in February 1858 he was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Bobby remained loyal to his owner, staying by his masters graveside and keeping vigil for 14 years. In 1867 a law was passed requiring all... read more

Dominance in Dogs Barry Eaton

DOMINANCE IN DOGSFact or Fiction? Since the early 1960s, as professional pet dog training developed as an industry, many dog training instructors have based their methods on the theory that an owner must ‘dominate’ his or her dog, including the use of ‘pack... read more

Kennel Cough Dogs and Cats

Beware Kennel Cough Kennel cough is not serious, but some dogs can become seriously ill from kennel cough infection (especially very young, very old ). Whenever a dog is coughing, a visit to the vet is highly recommended to sort out possible diagnoses and treatment... read more

INTRODUCING A NEW PUPPY TO CATS

INTRODUCING A NEW PUPPY TO CATS SHOULD YOU ASK YOUR CAT TO LIVE WITH A DOG?If you have cats that are not used to dogs, you should think carefully before doing this.  If you must, then make sure it is a puppy as young as possible. Chasing breeds like greyhounds or... read more

Dog and Cat Allergies

There is no breed of dog not even a Poodle or Chihuahua that will not trigger sneezes, rashes or asthmatic reactions. Allergic reactions can vary from dog to dog or cat to cat according to Jonathan Corren Clinical Professor of medicine and Director of the Allergy... read more

Pups bought on the Internet

Pups bought on the Internet More people are buying pups on line or through pet shops and sadly paying the price. Many puppies bought from these outlets which are often used by puppy farmers, require long term veterinary treatment or die before reaching six months.... read more

Moving to Spain with your pets

Moving to Spain with your pets Even before you move to Spain, it’s advisable to start looking for Veterinary clinics in the area you are moving to. When you arrive in Spain take into consideration, and don’t be afraid to ask around neighbours and friends for... read more

New rules for pet travel 29 December 2014

New rules for pet travel On 29 December 2014 new pet passports will be required? What does this mean for my dog, cat or ferret? If your pet was given a passport before 29 December 2014, you do not need to get a new one. Your old one is valid.If your pet is given a pet... read more

Ceaser Millan is he a good guy or a bad guy?

Ceaser Millan is he a good guy or a bad guy? I have been involved in dog training for over 55 years during which time I have used methods that I was taught in the Israeli Police and some which I invented for my own working systems.All those involved in the UK  canine... read more

Before You Buy a Dog

Owning a dog has many benefits, but it is also very important to remember that it is long-term commitment and responsibility. Dogs are not toys that can be put away in a cupboard when you are bored with them. If you are considering taking on a puppy, perhaps you... read more

Is the Rottweiler the right dog for

The Rottweiler is the current “fad” guard/macho dog of the moment. For four years running, it has been the second most-popular American Kennel Club registered breed. The Rottweiler is a large, powerful dog and along with ownership comes much... read more

Dog Died

Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month.   The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.   She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize... read more

Divorce- Will Your Dog Come Off Worse?

Divorce is a sad fact of life. These human problems can cause stress to dogs. A dog is a social animal bonded to a family routine and a way of life, that relies on us for their mental, physical and emotional welfare. Dogs of course are frequently denied consideration... read more

A Pet

A Pet A pet is a cuddly little thing, Joy and laughter it will bring. If your pet has way too much fur, Expect it to bark or maybe just purr. A pet could become a very close friend, Treat it nice, lots of love it shall send. It has the potential to cheer you up, Right... read more

New Baby and the Family Dog

I always advise that as soon as you are aware that there will be a new baby in the house, begin to prepare your family dog. Do not leave it until the new baby arrives. It is important that your dog associates the new baby with as few disruptions as possible. It is... read more

Tellington TTouch®

Introduction – Does your dog snap at other dogs or pull like a train on the lead?  – Is firework season a real nightmare for him?  – Does he seem really uncooperative when you try to groom him? – Do you have a cat who is excessively timid or... read more

Rescue Pets

Rescue DogsPet Companionship Can Be Healthy Benefit To People For years it has been medically documented that companion animals, like dogs, cats, rabbits and birds, help people live longer and healthier lives.Being responsible for caring for an animal often gives new... read more

A Dogs last will and testement

A DOG’S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, give their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…….. To a poor lonely stray... read more

Beware

Every year unscrupulous persons calling themselves behaviourists, animal consultants, pet advisers, trainers, etc are fleecing thousands of dog owners throughout the world. There are a number of genuine people who provide a really good service but there are many more... read more

Dogs From Animal Shelters

Often I am asked “Is it better to have a pedigree puppy or get one from the local animal shelter “? I always recommend that one should try to adopt a rescue dog from an animal shelter. These dogs have so much love and companionship and are so easy to... read more

DOGS die in hot cars

DOGS die in hot DOGS die in hot cars Don’t leave your dog alone in a car.If you are going out in the car think very carefully about what you are going to do with your dog. You should never leave a dog alone in a car. It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny... read more

Husky horror attack

Husky horrorA three year old girl Maddison needed 80 stitches after she was set upon when she went to stroke the family pet just before she was taken to bed. The husky called Zeus jumped forward and bit the toddler on the cheek. Maddison was taken to hospital where... read more

Taking on a rescue dog

Rescue DogsPet Companionship Can Be Healthy Benefit To People For years it has been medically documented that companion animals, like dogs, cats, rabbits and birds, help people live longer and healthier lives.Being responsible for caring for an animal often gives new... read more

Ten to No,s for your new puppy

People who are embarking on their first puppy rearing experience must realize that patience is vital to successful dog training. Babies and puppies have a lot in common. You can’t expect an infant child to learn everything overnight. Thus, you have to realize that... read more

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