Dogs become distracted just like us when something particularly good or scary is around. They can get totally caught up in a moment where everything else simply disappears, us included, this is called shutdown. There are many different degrees of shutdown from mild distraction right to off the scale reactivity. Understanding how to recognise shutdown … Read more
Having a strong dog means having a dog that you can take into most situations with confidence that their behaviour is going to be friendly controllable. It also means having a dog who can take the hard knocks in life and bounce back. This is often referred to as resilience, it is an important attribute … Read more
When Ben was diagnosed with Epilepsy I tried as best I could to eliminate as many unknown additives and chemicals from his life. One of the choices I made was to start feeding Ben a raw food diet, I felt that at least then I would be in total control of the ingredients that were … Read more
Panting is a dog’s way of cooling down. But it may also be a sign of stress or anxiety. So dogs will pant when they are very hot, after very vigorous exercise or when they’re in pain and that’s normal. Short-nosed dogs such as bulldogs and pugs often pant as part of their normal breathing. … Read more
Cats eat cat grass, why do dogs too? A craving for unnatural, non-food items is called pica in medical terms. Some dogs just enjoy eating grass, but that does not necessarily mean that they have pica. Some little nibbling is pretty common in dogs (mine does it too), and they seem to enjoy it. As … Read more
Dogs in particular just can’t handle high temperatures the way humans can. They cool themselves through rapid breathing to exchange warm air for cool air – but when the air temperature is similar to body temperature, cooling by rapid breathing doesn’t do the job very well. Even 80-degree air temperatures can be dangerous, especially if it’s humid or there’s direct sun.