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Stray - Elizabeth Lo.

Stray

 

Elizabeth Lo. has nailed it with the feature film Stray.

An honest and natural look at how street dogs live in Turkey, filmed over two years Stray is an enlightening observation of three street dogs protected by law in Istanbul.

Dogs are central to my life, as I suspect yours considering you’re reading this. Yet it can be easy after growing up in the West to consider our main role as one to look after them. We can get caught up in needing to keep them safe, provide things to meet their need…

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3 Crucial Lessons To Learn About Your Dog’s Potential For Stress

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Stress is absolutely prevalent in the world of the human – particularly post Covid lockdown and all the things that came with it. As people, we really have to learn about stress to recognise that we may be suffering with it. We need to learn the symptoms, what those symptoms mean and how to relate them to how we are feeling and that’s before we even start working out what to about our health if we are stressed.

When our dogs suffer with stress though, they can only tell us how they feel if we k…

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Dog Guardianship - Work Smarter Not Harder

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Keeping dogs as part of human emotional wellbeing is common, making us responsible for their needs and freedoms while also leaving many dog guardians confused about how dogs learn and think.

Sadly, in many cases dog guardians find natural dog behaviours chaotic and difficult. While at the other side of the bond the dog is simply trying to get their needs met. They are working hard to be dogs and in many cases facing humans with poor communication, and lack of understanding. When we are dog guar…

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When Dogs Get Too Much!

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Nobody is perfect and when we live with dogs with many needs it can cause us stress. It’s OK to admit this, it’s fine, we are human.

It’s been a long year and one which has been trying and testing for many of us. Our dogs have been that one consistent in our lives and many studies have shown how much they have supported us during this time. We live knowing that dogs are pretty much always consistent and always loyal. The internet is awash with how wonderful dogs are through quotes and sentiment…

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5 Simple Ways To Use Scent Enrichment On Your Dog Walks

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Walking with our dogs is one of life’s simple pleasures, but how can we ensure they enjoy their walks as much as we do? One way is considering scent!

Our dogs are scent animals, they use scent more than sight and sound, so we can enrich their lives easily on walks by taking the dog’s scent picture into consideration. Take a look at some suggestions here:

 

Changing The Walking Area Changes The Scent

How often do you walk in the same area in the same direction? It’s great to have regular walk…

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How To Settle A Scared Dog Into Your Home

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Scared dogs are wonderfully rewarding to live with, and watch grow. We have rescued a number of worriers and to see them become bright and cheeky, confident and sparkling with humour is second to nothing. It can however feel a little like we are getting things terribly wrong before we start getting them right. So, here’s my experience and how you can use it to improve yours.

Fearful dogs all have one thing in common, they don’t feel entirely safe. The first thing we must do for them is create t…

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3 Awesome Ways To Be The Best Dog Guardian You Know

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Dogs put up with a lot from us, and humans are a really varied species. Living with us must be tough for them and yet they are ever faithful and consistent with their devotion to our weirdness. One of the things I find most important (and ever unnerving) is how many people misunderstand their dogs and how many people tend to ignore them.

Being a dog guardian is about much more than being the “owner” of another species. Ethically it’s about making a promise to meet their needs and provide their …

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7 Ethical Responsibilities of Dog Guardians

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Dog guardians have an important job. We have agreed and even chosen to be responsible for the wellness of another living being for the rest of their life, part of the job is letting them be a dog. Here are some other important bits of our chosen job description. 

Respect the Agreement

Guardianship is an agreement with our dogs. It’s saying to them that we are here on this Earth together until the first of us leaves it. It’s accepting that many of them wouldn’t survive given the freedom of thei…

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The Beauty Of A Dog Who Reacts

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My “reactive” dog is central to everything I do. I remember when I met him – almost 10 years ago, spied on a website looking hunched. Back then I expected an entire male terrier to be a handful because he was bold, back then I didn’t know enough. I still don’t know enough about dogs. None of us really do. 

Anyway along he came at 18 months. A swollen face, kennel cough and a tendency to pee. He peed on the curtains, the doorways, the other dogs and even once on the coffee table up a drink. All …

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

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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 bein…

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