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Why Is My Dog So Excitable?

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This is something we hear and see a lot of isn’t it. A dog bouncing around at the end of a lead or jumping up at the person who is holding on to them looking fed up. This excitement is usually directly linked to the dog’s state of arousal.  Arousal though is a sign that something is amiss with the dog – something is not quite right and rather than stop the behaviour without asking any questions, our first job is to understand the dog.

Arousal itself is a perfectly normal response to something t…

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Pet Dogs & Other Dilemmas

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“Is keeping dogs as pets ethical?”

 I asked this question in my Facebook group on Good Guardianship yesterday, and the range of answers were fascinating.

We humans are obsessed and totally invested in the animals we have domesticated in one way or another. We have taken animals who were once wild, self-sufficient and free, then made them reliant on us for most things.

It’s not only pet animals who have been tweaked, changed and used for our benefit though. Animals are farmed intensively, pigs…

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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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