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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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Why Scared Dogs Make Reactive Choices

My terrier Chips, is socially awkward and somewhat fearful of other dogs. He actually really likes other dogs and with proper introduction he will be friendly and enjoy a brief hello. He’s much more comfortable with the smaller dogs and those that don’t have obscured faces, such as long haired or black dogs which are more difficult for others to read.

Canine Fear Behaviour - Leads To A Choice

When he sees a dog that he’s not comfortable with, Chips will put on an aggressive display – a…

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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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He Came in Like a Wrecking Ball

When you live with a dog who has been troubled for years, small victories matter. Today Chips had a small victory, in fact he had many of them and made me so proud of him.

  • He played with a dog in the park, really played and that’s a huge deal for Chips because he’s defensive and socially awkward.
  • He allowed a big black Greyhound to stand over him whilst just looking to me for his next sweetie.
  • He met a few dogs bigger than him and didn’t growl at them.
  • He met children and didn’t bark at 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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Easy Dog Behaviour With Simple Scentwork

It’s part of our culture to walk the dog and provide him one or two meals a day. That’s food and exercise – it’s how we meet a dog’s needs. Dogs need much more though, like us they need the right kind of physical exercise, proper mental stimulation, play, the chance to use their natural skills and the opportunity to practice natural behaviour. This is why when the busy natured dog has had a walk and meal, he’s often still looking for something to do.

Food will always motivate a dog. Eating keep…

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Punishment and Suppression of Choices

One (of the many) issues with punishment is that it can cause suppression through fear. 

For example, if I were to punish a dog every time she pulled on a lead, by checking her. I wouldn’t be showing her what I would like her to do instead, I would just be hurting and scaring her. Eventually the dog may stop pulling but more because she is depressed, than because she has learned that’s what I would prefer she does. 

Suppression is not only unfair but it can be dangerous…

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Dog Guardianship Guilt


As humans we do all have a cross to bear of our own and no-one is free from intentional or unintentional psyche issues gathered from the people around us when we were growing up. Before the age of seven we are little learning machines, and our brains do two things:

  1. They believe everything they are told without question.
  2. They blame us for everything that happens around us.

What does this have to do with dogs I hear you say?

Well, it has a lot to do with dog guardians…

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