Toilet training

Training should begin as soon as you bring your dog home.  But, remember just going to a new home can be very stressful in itself, so be patient with your new dog. Step number 1 is to watch your new dog closely and look for signs they need to relieve themselves.   Signs may include sniffing…

Why do dogs always act like they’re hungry?

You feed your dog really well, healthy, hearty meals designed to ensure you dog remains healthy and happy.  In fact, you may have just fed your dog yet the minute you sit down to eat your meal here comes those eyes.  Oh and the act that goes with the eyes –as if they’re one stagger…

My Dog has Started Walking in Circles – should I be concerned?

Although it is normal for puppies to chase their tails and even for fully-grown animals to dash around in wild twists and turns.  But, dogs don’t typically walk in circles, except when they are preparing to urinate, defecate, or they find an interesting smell or another animal. Some dogs may circle just before they lie…

Train dogs to “get off”

Teaching basic commands is an excellent way to create clear communication and to bond with your dog. How to teach “Off” If you find your dog on the couch, the bed, etc. – tell him “Off”, and then encourage him to get down and come to you. When he comes, reward your dog with praise, get…

How do they make us love them?

The bond between us humans and our doggy friends is a special one. If you put the time and effort into building up a relationship with your dog, you’ll be rewarded exponentially with a friend who’s always there for you, who’s always ready to listen, and is always ready to do whatever it takes to…

Why do dogs roll in smelly stuff?

Nooooooo, you have just recognised the shoulder lean, the butt in the air … and you know that, no matter what you say, scream or yell, your dog has just found something fun and probably stinky to roll in. It’s making your eyes water already, so how can dogs, with their superior sense of smell,…

Why dogs chase their tails?

In January 2017 I wrote a blog titled; there’s more to tail wagging than meets the eye,  which talked about how many different things a dog can say with their tail, but how funny is it when they start to chase it. It’s a hilarious behaviour, and it’s even funnier if they catch it. But…

Right pawed or left?

Did you know that like us humans, dogs can be either right-paw or left-paw dominant or ambidextrous?  To learn which is the dominant paw, pay attention to which paw is used to do things like give high-fives or steadying toys. I don’t remember why, but I do remember that when I was growing up there…

Why Dogs sniff Butts

What’s with the weird butt sniffing fetish dogs have?  What could possibly be so enticing about the smell of dog butt that dogs just can’t get enough of?  And not just smell — they need to get a good long whiff that’s bordering on obsessive-compulsive.  And aren’t dogs supposed to have a sense of smell…

How close are you and your dog?

Dogs really are man’s best friend who else really cares that you have had a bad day and just wants to make it better.  They give us unconditional love, and they don’t care that we just want to hang out in our trackies watching really bad reality TV. What you might not even realise is…

Why do dogs tilt their heads?

Don’t try to tell me you haven’t giggled when your dog suddenly hears a sound and tilts his head.  You’ve probably gone further and tried to recreate the sound so he will do it again.  But why do they do it?  Well apart from because it’s absolutely adorable (like everything else about dogs).  We don’t…

Briard – a heart of gold wrapped in fur

A favourite Breed of mine as my beautiful Misha is a black Briard.  I can personally testify to their loyal, loving and intelligent temperament.  Misha is a regular visitor to aged homes and loves making kids with disabilities smile and giggle with her tricks and cuddly nature.  And while I couldn’t imagine life without her I’d be remiss…