If you know anything about me, (or follow this blog closely), you will know that I currently have 4 rescue dogs. Probably the most common question I get as a dog expert is about rescue dogs and how to rescue dogs. So I thought I would give you a brief lowdown as to why I rescue, and why I think it is so important to rescue dogs instead of purchasing Why I rescue Rescue does not mean damaged. Let me just put that out there. So many people overlook rescue dogs when getting a new addition for the family as…

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While Pet Remedy sent us a selection of their products to try, all opinions are our own   Fireworks night is upon us, and it is can be pretty scary for some of our four legged friends. Around the world, Bonfire and fireworks night are the busiest times for animals to go missing. As a dog behaviorist, fireworks phobia is also the most common client query I receive. Here are our top tips on how to help Fido deal with the fireworks. Walk your dog only at times when they won’t be exposed to fireworks. Most fireworks start when the…

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Owning a dog in the City does not come with a manual of rules and etiquette (sadly), so we thought we would write a post on behaviors we find can be mistaken as selfish when having a dog in the City. Dogs on Trains/Underground/Subway For the love of God, please don’t put your dog on the seats. I know that this is a very controversial area, but the seats are humans (sad but true). While Fido is allowed to do whatever you want in the comfort of your own home, public transport is a communal space and as dog owners…

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Crate rest is super important for dogs recovering from injury or illness. Keeping them happy while in the crate is another thing altogether Houdini recently hurt his knee and has been on very strict crate rest for the past few months. What this means is he isn’t allowed to go on walks, play in the apartment or do anything much more than stay in his crate. I even have to pick him up and take him outside to go to toilet. Needless to say, it has been exhausting. I specifically engineered my life so that my dogs were able to…

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So we had a client with the cutest puppy ever who had been told by their dog “trainer” to remove all squeaky toys as they encourage biting. Let’s do a little myth busting here. Thank you internet. I have read online that squeaky toys can cause anything from aggression, to resource guarding and predatory instincts in dogs (hell, I am sure someone somewhere has blamed squeaky toys for rising oil prices!!). I’ve yet to see any of those behaviors with my dogs, but squeaky toys certainly create extremely high levels of excitement(after all, that is what they are designed to…

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