The benefits of a well-trained dog are not something to be barked at. Clear communication is paramount to fostering a happy, healthy, anxiety-free pooch as they are easily able to understand what you’re asking of them and thus, they know the response that they need to give in order to get the love and attention they desire.
In our previous article, we looked at the progression over the last 30 years of dog training philosophies, and specifically, the move towards a positive reinforcement training method over those previous beliefs that dogs had to be “broken” in order to be trained.
So now that we understand that positive reinforcement training is ultimately about rewarding those good behaviours and ignoring the not so good, let’s have a look at how to get off on the right paw with training your dog using this method.
The Golden Rules for positive reinforcement training:
1. Choose your training environment wisely - Always opt for a quiet area away from distractions when you’re finding the...
Training your dog is one of the most important responsibilities that you have as a dog owner. Not only, if done correctly, does it lead to a well behaved K9 companion that is good mannered and keeps themselves of mischief, but it also fosters respectful exchanges between you and your dog, enabling open lines of communication that help to create a positive relationship of trust, confidence and reverence. Let’s face it, a well behaved pooch also makes your life, and the lives of everyone around them, just a whole lot easier; incessant leash pulling, chasing cars, or hovering around the dinner table can not only be frustrating and tedious, but some of these actions can also be dangerous and unsafe – chasing car tyres doesn’t always end nicely.
Over the last 30 years there has been a strong move away from old, punishing forms of training techniques to more of a positive reinforcement framework. Milo Pearsall, writer of a number of published books on dog training and obedience such as “Your...
Is your dog looking a bit round around the tum? Does a 20 minute walk take twice as long as it used to? Or maybe it’s you who could be doing with a little reshaping? If so, it’s time for you two to get properly moving.
There’s lots of way you and your dog can exercise as a team of two. Not only are you guaranteed to have fun, be fitter and leaner, but you’ll both also have more energy. What’s not to like? So what are the sports you can do as a twosome? Well, take a look at the following:
A sport for all dog breeds, Cani-cross is running with your dog harnessed to you. He or she goes in pole position (ie at the front) and you shout commands from the rear. There’s a whole dictionary of commands specifically for the sport. Not only is your dog getting exercise, but also using her or her brain at the same time. Just as you would with jogging, start off with small distances then increase as you both start to feel stronger.
Equipment: a dog harness, long bungee-type lead and waist hip...
It's said that all dogs are descended from the wolf. I know, hard to believe with the Dachshund, right? We've had a 7000 year-old best friendship with dogs and learned to take the rough with the smooth (and the wire-haired!).
Here's what you need to know about...
The best part about having a pet dog
- An easy friend to get presents for: a squeaky toy, an old bone, or the ball that's been stuck in the drawer for two months.
- Some to blame for unexpected wind. "Ooh, bad doggie..."
- A portable, 24-hour waste disposal unit - recycling on the go.
- A loyal friend who never reveals your secrets, including the Sunday '
walk' to the pub for an hour.
- They'll keep you fit - chasing after them.
- No more cat poos in the garden.
- Always pleased to see you no matter how indifferent, irate or drunk you are.
The worst part about having a pet dog
- What goes in must come out, usually in front of strangers when the last poo bag is ripped.
- Doors and furniture, unlike the backs of ears, do not need to be scrat...
We’ve heard London is going to the dogs – or rather, the dogs are coming to the capital.
Well, savvy pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas and even spas have cottoned on to the fact there’s a whole new market out there for entertaining our canine buddies, and especially in London where singletons, in particular, want to be seen out and about with their pooch. Why, some of those venues are even incredibly decadent – a doggy tea in Claridges, darling?
Here are some of our favourites:
1. Tea at the Egerton, Knightsbridge
It’s total treat time here for you and your pooch, thanks to the fact the staff here dogs. You’ll be greeted on arrival by Milly, the Jack Russell maitre’d. You can tuck into some salmon sandwiches together and afterwards your canine friend can look forward to a delivery of Lily’s Kitchen treats.
2. Brown Dog, Barnes
Pop into this pub and order a pint for yourself and a pig’s ear for Fido. Yes, they really do sell these behind the bar.
Most of us have a good idea about the type of partner we want in life. There are personality traits we put above others such as kindness, sporty, caring, funny etc. But we don’t tend to give as much thought to our pets – and yet they’re living under our roof too.
But don’t worry. There are plenty of apps or online tests these days to help you match the type of characteristics you value in a person to that of a particular dog breed. As you can imagine, some are more helpful than others.
The food manufacturer Iams, for instance, has come up with a series of questions to help match you with the most suitable canine breed depending on how easy-going and independent you are, as well as what you like to do in your spare time.
The Kennel Club test wants to know how big your house/garden are and whether or not you live in the town or country. How active you are is also important in getting the right breed, they insist.
It’s well known that most dogs require regular exercise and fresh air. Of course, this makes the countryside with its wide open fields and fewer traffic streams, the ideal location.
But just because we happen to live in a built-up area doesn’t mean me have to miss out on the fabulous fun of owning a dog. That’s because there are some of breeds of dog – like humans – that actually thrive on city living.
In this article we’ll outline some of the different breeds that are better suited to either city or country living.
Best dogs for city living
We know you expect us to come up with a list here of dogs with little legs who don’t like to walk far but actually, one of the best indoor dogs is actually the Great Dane (yes, you read that right). He or she may be large but that doesn’t mean their capacity for exercise is. These dogs are actually pretty lazy when it comes down to it – and they’re not particularly curious either. In other words, they’d be happy to curl up on the sofa with you and watc...
Holidays – we all need them, and as dog lovers and owners, we all want to take our best friends with us. After all, your dog is an extension of your family – furry, fun and four-legged, they’re always happy to see you when you get home and always up for a cuddle (well, more than your average cat at least). Back in the day it seemed the only option you had was to utilise a local kennel or perhaps leave them at home with a friendly neighbour, friend or family member popping in daily to do the rounds. But these days there are a multitude of different websites, platforms and apps which link Dog Owners to available Dog Sitters in an area, giving you a home based alternative which more often than not is a more comfortable and relaxed environment for your K9 companion.
But what’s the best for your woof? Well, TheDogApp Team is here to help and we’ve done a Dog Sitting platform review so you can compare and contrast to find your pawfect match. So let’s take a further look at the options on offe...
You’d be forgiven for thinking that by deciding on a greyhound pooch for your family means deciding on a lifestyle of midnight runs and endless hyperactivity; something akin to a high intensity training session at your local gym. Every day. But surprisingly, although they may be the fastest dog breed
around, a Greyhound is one of the laziest, low-key, little slender slothful best friends that you could ever add to your family.
Making appearances in the bible as well as throughout ancient Egyptian art, Greyhounds have featured strongly throughout historical texts and references. Reaching speeds of 40 to 45 miles per hour, they were originally bred as hunting dogs, and set of task of chasing down hares, foxes, rabbits and deer. Given their sharp, quick speeds and their agile sleek bodies, they quickly got a name for themselves as the racehorses of the dog world and made their debut on the race track in 1912 when the modern day oval track and artificial hare was introduced in America. Highl...
It’s getting to that time of year again – when you start planning your annual summer holiday. This year you’ve decided to take your four-legged buddy along too rather than put the poor mutt into kennels.
He or she is part of the family, after all, so why shouldn’t they enjoy the good times as well? Here at TheDogApp we’ve checked out what we consider to be some of the best dog-friendly facilities in the UK and here’s a list of them right here:
Visit Cornwall has a whole separate brochure for holidays with your dog. Not only do they advise on which beaches and forest trails welcome your canine friend, but they also provide a list of restaurants and accommodation where your dog will be welcomed with a big bowl of water on meeting, but also a list of dog shows where he or she can compete, if that’s your thing.
Visit Devon have a dog friendly brochure pointing out boat and steam train rides you can take your canine pal on, as well as a list of lead-free beaches they can run around on...