Food for thought

Crossbreed tan dog with mouth open and pricked ears look at camera, empty bowl on floor in background

A frequent question I’m asked is ‘are there foods that will improve my dog’s behaviour’ or ‘are there foods that will make my dog’s behaviour worse?’. That might seem a simple enough question but the answer certainly isn’t straightforward. Food does affect behaviour (anyone who’s attempted to look after small children who are full of … Read more

Do dogs smile?

Golden Labrador with mouth slightly open in flower field

Recently I was asked if dogs can smile. A great question – and yes of course they can – but unlike us, dogs don’t smile with their mouths and teeth but with their tail.  Actually, to be more accurate, a dog smiles with their whole body but the tail is the closest thing to a … Read more

Walk, don’t walk.

Golden Spaniel walking in field with 2 people in the background behind

Part of life with our dogs is the daily – or twice daily – dog walk. When we look to take a doginto our lives, one of the things we look at is how much exercise they need and factor that intoour choice of breed (or at least we should!). With unpredictable weather changes, the … Read more

It’s party time – or is it?

Golden Labrador with tongue out in front of Let's Party sign

We all love a party – but the type of party we like varies from person to person.  For the extrovert social butterflies amongst us, a huge get-together with an endless source of people to meet, talk to and have fun with, is their idea of heaven. For the more introverted, however, that sounds like … Read more

Let’s talk about: stress in dogs

stress in dogs

Carolyn Menteith is a behaviourist at tails.com with over 25 years of experience working with and training dogs. Life can be tough for our dogs. We expect so much from them – in fact being a family dog is the hardest job we ever ask a dog to do.  While working dogs usually live with … Read more

Finding your perfect dog breed

worms in dogs and how to treat them

Carolyn Menteith is a behaviourist at tails.com with over 25 years of experience working with and training dogs. With Valentine’s Day almost here, if the endless hearts and flowers on social media are making you will you feel lonely and in need of love, forget eHarmony, Match.com or even the endless swiping of Tinder. With … Read more

Christmas is Coming!

baloo under the christmas tree

Carolyn Menteith is a behaviourist with over 20 years of experience working with and training dogs. There is no doubt that after the year that we have all had, and the new challenges that seem set to lie ahead, the thought of the holiday season is even more exciting than usual. Despite all the talk … Read more

Dog 101 for parents and children

dog 101 for parents and children

The numbers of dogs in the UK have soared since lockdown, and now it is estimated that there are 12.5 million dogs in the country, with a third of all households owning at least one.  This means that all children will come into contact with dogs at some time – whether at home, when visiting … Read more

Bringing home your rescue dog

bringing home a rescue dog

Carolyn Menteith is a behaviourist here at tails.com with over 25 years of experience working with and training dogs. While no one can deny the joys of a new puppy, there is no doubt they are hard work and require time, patience and an inexhaustible sense of humour! A puppy needs constant vigilance and attention … Read more