Canine Christmas Code

Black and white spaniel peeking out from behind Christmas tree and green wrapped Christmas presents

For us, Christmas is usually a happy time full of love, laughter and happiness – but for our dogs the holiday season can often be a time of unpredictability, change and stress that causes much more anxiety than it does festive cheer. And that can come with a dangerous fallout. It’s no coincidence that the … Read more

How Cold is Too Cold to Walk Your Dog?

Husky with closed eyes. snowflakes falling around

I wish I could give you an easy answer to this question! One of those “when the temperature is ** degrees, stay inside, wrap up warm and curl up on the sofa and watch trashy films instead of taking your dog out” answers… But it isn’t anywhere near as straightforward as that, so the best … Read more

What are the signs your dog loves you?

Dog rest head on owner's leg on sofa

Love is one of those strange things that you recognise when you see it but can’t really put your finger on describing exactly what it is… It’s just a ‘feeling’. A feeling of belonging, of security, of the world being a better place when you are with your beloved, and of knowing in your heart … Read more

Winter wardrobe

Woman clipping Gill x tails.com coat onto small Cockapoo in woodlands

Working on the GILL x tails.com charity project to create a waterproof dog coat prompted some wider thinking about what really makes sense for the breeds that benefit from a winter coat. While our dogs (mostly!) come with their own weatherproof fur coats, there’s no doubt that there are some who need a bit of help when it comes to staying … Read more

Water sports with your dog

Dog with life jacket sitting on edge of kayak looking out across water

Some dogs just love water. It’s like it’s in their genes (clue: it is. See the Irish Water Spaniel and the Portuguese Water Dog).  We already know dogs can dry-off quicker than us – humans can’t quite shake 70% of water off our skin in four seconds… yet. But, when it comes to getting on, … Read more

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