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

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

‘PUP ROCK’ – UK’s most popular dog breeds’ favourite music genres revealed

As a canine behaviour expert reveals that many dog’s music preferences mirror their owners Have you ever questioned if your dog were a person, who their favourite artist would be? Would they be a ‘Hairy Styles’ fan? Or perhaps they’d like a taste of ‘Motley Chew’?  Well, with almost 1,000 people every month Googling ‘do … Read more

Does my dog need sun cream?

Noodle the Dachshund runs over the fields

A relatively new form of sun care for dogs is to use pet-friendly sun cream. It might surprise you that dogs can get sunburnt and suffer from sun exposure in similar ways to humans. Even more so if your dog has conditions like dermatitis or autoimmune disorders. Before we dive in, remember the best protection … Read more

How to use an occupier toy

Border Terrier licking Beco bone to get treats inside

Occupier and puzzle toys are becoming a must-have for dog owners, and for good reason – they’re a great way to shake up feeding time for your dog. It’s the new way to keep your dog  busy when you’re working or having dinner, and  a clever way to give them mental stimulation as they have … Read more

Travelling abroad with your dog

Man and dog sitting in car boot looking at sunset

For dog owners in Great Britain, the rules for travelling to Northern Ireland or Europe with a dog onboard changed in January 2021. If you’re planning to travel soon, make sure you’re up to date on the latest regulations, so you can travel with peace of mind.  What are the new pet travel rules? Before … Read more