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Bull Terriers cant actually get a skin rash anywhere, but the belly seems to be an especially sensitive area. Perhaps it’s because the skin is extra soft and tender, making it prime real estate for mites, insects, bacteria, and fungi. Whatever the cause, skin rash is always enjoyable, not for you or your poor Bull Terrier. Belly skin rashes in Bull Terriers, in particular, can become itchy, swollen, and even become painful if left untreated.…

Before adopting a Bull Terrier, it’s important to ask the question, do bull Terriers bark a lot? As a responsible dog owner, you don’t want to be getting yourself into something your not prepared to handle. Well, to put it simply, there’s no short answer. It really depends on the dog and how they were raised. In this article, I’ll discuss why your Bull Terrier barks and what you can do to prevent this negative…

Most Staffordshire Bull Terrier parents don’t enjoy having a dog with a biting problem which is quite understandable. Now, solving this can seem like a daunting task but in this article, I will clearly explain what you can do as a responsible Staffordshire Bull Terrier owner to remedy this issue.  It is important for you to understand that the sooner you put an end to your Staffordshire’s biting, the better. The reason for this is…

People often talk of the importance of socializing your puppy, but what exactly does that mean? And how does one put it into practice? This article will help to explain exactly what socialization is and how to implement it to minimize behavioural problems later in life and to ensure that your German Shepherd is able to interact well with other German Shepherds and other species. Socialization is the process whereby a puppy is given the…

Although bathing your German Shepherd too often will dry out his coat and skin, an occasional bath or shower is necessary to remove dust and dirt and maintain a healthy shiny coat. German Shepherds that live most of their time outdoors will require bathing every six weeks or more, depending on how dirty they get. Smooth-coated German Shepherds can go longer between baths than curly or double-coated German Shepherds. A careful thorough brushing most days…

Almost every person who calls me will say the following. “I know my dog can learn fast, I taught him to sit for his meals after only a couple of days. Now, he sits as soon as I pick up his bowl”. Let’s have a look at this scenario and understand why our dogs learn this skill so quickly and how you can apply mealtime manners learning pace to other skills. There are three reasons our dogs…

A warm-up is essential to most things in life and this includes training your dog. Walking into a distracting environment ‘cold’ and then expecting your dog to work for you when he is already over-excited will perpetuate impulsive behaviours. Think of a warm-up as a time to explain to your dog what you need from him before he gets too distracted, this will help refresh his memory and also helps form healthy behaviours. Before you give your dog…

Puppy mouthing is one of the most frequent causes of concern among new puppy owners. Let’s take a look at what it is, why puppies engage in mouthing and what you can do to manage this behaviour with success. The first thing you need to know is that mouthing is normal, almost every puppy will mouth. Mouthing usually occurs when puppies are happily excited, it usually targets hands and feet. Appropriate mouthing is gentle, the…

Teaching your dog to go to a spot and remain there through distractions can be a really helpful management tool. For dogs who are prone to excitability or fear mat training can give them boundaries for containment and security. Mat training will teach your dog to settle in a spot until released, where they can still feel part of the family. Mat training is not a ‘stay’ exercise, rather it’s a ‘relax’ exercise and is…

Group dog training has been around for decades and has now become an acceptable norm when people seek to train their dog but for many people and their dog’s one-on-one training proves to be a better option, particularly in the beginning of your training. One-on-one dog training can be wonderful for anyone, people with an older dog, people with a puppy, families, individuals, novice handlers and even experienced handlers. The beauty of one-on-one lessons is that…

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