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5 Ways To Make Your Dog Happy (And Easier To Manage)

Happy dogs mean that their needs are met, they are not desperate for one thing or another and that they naturally become more relaxed. We humans are in many cases so far removed from knowing and appreciating the simple needs of domestic dogs that we can make them frustrated without even trying. Frustration is directly related to less helpful behaviour. So, make some tiny tweaks today and help your dog to be happier and easier to manage.

Consider Their Needs

A dog pulled around a park, not be…

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Why and How to Choose a Good Vet for Your Dog



Choosing your veterinarian is one of the most important things you will do as a dog guardian. It’s even more important as I’m writing this because we are in full lockdown in the UK and dogs are taken off into the vet’s office without us, so we don’t get to see how they are treated in there.

The vet you choose to go to about your dog’s health is likely to be with you through some really tough times, so you need to trust them completely, for your dog’s sake as well as your own.

An important thin…

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7 Steps to a More Confident Dog

Confidence building works the same way for all living animals, including ourselves and our dogs. If we take small steps and succeed, we will learn to take bigger steps and expect to succeed.

 

Encourage Optimism

A dog who is encouraged to become optimistic about their expectations of the world will naturally be more confident and cope better within it, thus be empowered. Ask yourself now for a moment, what does your dog expect when they try something new?

Do they actually even try somethin…

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5 Ways An Old Cardboard Box Can Make Your Dog Happy

I recently ordered some dog blankets and yesterday they arrived. I had ordered nine and was surprised they came in a box. On opening it, I realised they came in individual boxes too which seemed pointless when we live on a struggling planet. However, they did give me an enrichment idea – every cloud has a silver lining.

So, here’s 5 free and easy enrichment ideas for you and your dog.

A Box of Kongs

Kongs can be stuffed to the brim or just have one treat in them. Often we stuff them and hand …

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Dogs Tied Outside Shops - Please Don't!


Leaving our dogs tied up outside a shop is a terribly unkind thing to do. Even if it’s just for a couple of minutes the dangers will always outweigh the convenience.

A dog who is tethered outside a shop is vulnerable and often looks stressed. Whether they understand how vulnerable they are, or are scared because they are tied in a place surrounded by scary things, we can’t know. Either way, the dog can’t escape, people can approach and the dog has no choice. So many people hav…

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The Sweetness Of Older Dogs

“I can't think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog - completely exhausted after a hard day in the field - limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I'm sitting and puts her head in my lap, a paw over my knee, and closes her eyes, and goes back to sleep. I don't know what I've done to deserve that kind of friend”
—Gene Hill

When does a dog go from being your adult friend to your elderly companion? Well, that depends on the dog…

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You Are Already A Good Guardian!

Do you sometimes consider yourself a dog guardian who is lacking?
Do you think you should do more with your dog?

Loving dogs and being a dog knowledge obsessive can be a bit of a guilt trigger, simply because the more we learn, the more we question. Our newsfeeds are packed with other dog pros doing enrichment, search, tracking, hoopers, coaching and so on, and so on some more. It’s easy to think our own dogs miss out, and in creeps the guilt.

In addition, if we rescue dogs, …

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Dogs - The Ethics of Ownership

Dogs have been with us for many, many years. It seems based on the limited evidence we have that they joined us at least in part on purpose. Whether they were friends, workers, or both back then, dogs are linked to us like no other animal, not just now but historically too.

So how then did we get to the point of ownership of another species, forced breeding, strange genetic combinations that create already sick puppies. Selling them, telling them and blaming them for the normal dog behaviou…

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7 Benefits To Adopting An Older Dog

Everyone loves puppies, yet like babies it’s often nice to give them back. It is startling that many people don’t realise how much work a puppy is and are surprised that they act like babies. The puppy years can be avoided altogether by adopting an older dog instead. So, Let’s take a look at the 7 benefits of adopting an older dog.


They Appreciate You More

When a dog has become homeless they tend to be a bit more aware of the people who loved them enough to offer them a space. The look in th…

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7 Things Your Dog Needs To Be Happy

Dog guardianship is an important job but can be difficult at times, especially when we don’t speak their language. We can accidently miss their needs and requests. Here are 7 simple things that will make your dog happy today.  And let’s face it we all want to be happy, including our dogs.

Let Them Sniff

 Sniffing for your dog is like checking your emails for you. We see through our eyes and they see through that amazing nose. By letting them sniff all the interesting things they find on walks,…

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