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Behaviour

  • Why do dogs wag their tails?

    Behaviour

    A wagging tail is often seen as a sign that a dog is happy. However, that is not always the case. Dogs use their tails to communicate many emotions, not just happiness, to both people and other dogs. Misinterpreting the wag of a nervous, anxious, or defensive dog for a happy or excited one can…

  • Getting a puppy used to wearing a collar

    Behaviour

    It is important to get your puppy used to wearing a collar and harness and being on a lead, as soon as possible. This will make things a lot easier for you when it comes to training and walking your dog. Here are some tips to help get your puppy used to wearing a collar.…

  • Signs that a dog is about to bite and what you can do about

    Behaviour

    As much as we might wish it, our furry four-legged friends cannot speak our language. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult to know what they want or what they are going to do. However, it is possible to read a dog’s body language to help us interpret what they want, how they are feeling, what…

  • Common Dog Behaviour Problems

    Behaviour

    Dog behaviour problems can often be misunderstood by dog owners and can lead to them mishandling the situation. Although every dog is different, here we discuss some common dog behaviour problems and how to deal with them. Barking The majority of dogs are vocal and although howling, whining and barking are normal behaviour for a…

  • Is your dog aggressive?

    Aggression

    Just like humans, dogs are prone to changes in mood. Sometimes aggressive behaviour is a way of showing the dog wants something, feels unsafe or feels ill or sore. However, whatever the reason, if a dog is being regularly aggressive, they can be a real danger. Owners need to be aware of when dogs are…

  • Rewarding your dog in the right way

    Behaviour

    Humans love to be rewarded. Whether through food, drink, money, a certificate or even a trophy – we love the warm feeling that comes with being recognised. Well, the same goes for our dogs. Just like us, they absolutely love to be praised, and what’s more it can play an essential role in dog training,…

  • Teaching an old dog new tricks

    Behaviour

    Just because your dog has a few gray hairs doesn’t mean that you should write it off as a lost cause. Older dogs deserve the same kind of attention as puppies and with the right attitude and training we can rectify bad behaviour and teach them new positive behaviour. Positive reinforcement The key to unlocking…

  • How to help children and dogs to bond together

    Aggression

    While in the vast majority of instances dogs and children get along quite well, there are occasions when something just doesn’t quite click. As the guardians of both our children and our dogs – the responsibility falls to us to find ways to help them co-exist. Dog ownership can teach children many valuable lessons. It…

  • Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety?

    Behaviour

    Anxiety, like in humans, can affect all types of dogs and it has nothing to do with how big and strong, or little and large, they might be. The problem tends to arise in puppies but can affect dogs of all ages and breeds of all kinds. Here are some ways that you can tackle…