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Posted on 18/11/2014
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership It's a Dog! How Your Dog Thinks

‘He won’t do any harm, he only wants to play’  These familiar words were said to me recently by a young man who’s companion, a one year old black Labrador, was in hot pursuit of one of my cats as she raced across the garden, under the gate and over the stable door, which is always kept open at the top for this very reason.  Tabatha had not been the dog’s first focus of ‘fun’, that honour had gone to my horse who had been quietly grazing in the field and although he had raced away from the black intruder,...

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The Old and the Sick

Posted on 24/09/2014
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership

Following on from last week's topic, where I looked at the inappropriate neutering of dogs that demonstrate aggressive behaviour, I want to look at how the inevitable feelings of vulnerability explained in that blog, can themselves create a stress reaction in any of our dogs as they get older or become unwell.  One of the hardest fact of life is that nature makes absolutely no allowance for weakness nor the inability of any individual to contribute to survival of themselves or their group and until we accept this, we reduce our own ability to help and support our precious dogs...

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Crowded Outdoor Events Through The Eyes of a Dog

Posted on 16/07/2014
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership Dogs & Other Animals It's a Dog! Common Sense How Your Dog Thinks

There is nothing unusual about horse owners also having dogs and both can become very familiar and comfortable with the presence of the other. Many of these dogs travel happily in horse lorries to these events, stay in the special parking area and soon learn how to behave there and enjoy something which becomes a part of their normal family activity.  However, this ideal situation is far from the reality for most of the dogs that are taken to these events by some owners who come as spectators. These dogs are swept along with the vast, dense, crowds and are...

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"Jan, how can I train my dog to do the ironing when I'm out?"

Posted on 22/05/2014
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership It's a Dog! Common Sense

Ok, I made that up. However, this was a genuine communication I have received, “I have to be out for thirteen hours a day, how can I stop my dog soiling in the house?” I receive many requests for assistance every day from owners looking for solutions to many different issues, and not all of those requests are entirely reasonable. I can't possibly answer every request; most replies tend to take a lot of time as it takes more than a few lines to give any detailed advice. However, when I am able to do so, I usually receive a...

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A Happy Easter For Our Dogs Too! by Jan Fennell

Posted on 16/04/2014
Filed under: Responsible Dog Ownership The Dog's View It's a Dog! Dogs Outside

With Easter, the season of the day trip and short breaks has arrived and last Sunday I went to a brilliant event, which had a large number of visitors enjoying all that was on offer. The weather was sunny with a slightly chilly wind and I noticed how many of the dogs that accompanied their participating owners just curled up on their blankets, ignoring the crowds and sleeping through.I was very happy to see that most of these dogs, for who this was part of their normal life, were mostly located beside the tents which in turn were behind demonstrations...

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