Make your own dog drying coat

For years I have been trying to find a quick drying dog coat to use on my dog. I have struggled to find a coat that fitted or was within budget so I decided to make my own. I’m sharing it here in case it is handy for anyone else too. We are limited for […]

Attention Seeking

A hot topic for me this week was attention seeking; with children and dogs. In particular, them trying to get attention by performing nuisance behaviours or pestering. Dogs are very clever, they will watch you closely and quickly figure out how to get your attention when they want. Whether it be them mouthing, jumping up or […]

Preparing for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme

The summer before last I set my dog, Leskie, and I the task of taking the Kennel Club Good Citizens grades. For any of you who have not heard of these they are dog obedience tests that are run throughout the UK, at registered clubs, with independent examiners. There are bronze, silver and gold grades […]

Preparing for a dog walk

Today I had a successful walk with my dog, baby and 3yr old son. By successful I mean that we had some fun and everyone stayed safe. Before the walk I explained to my three year old that if he wanted freedom to run around and explore in the woods he had to make sure […]

Why do dogs roll in poo?

This has to be, hands down, the grossest thing that comes with dog ownership. But why do dogs roll in poo? The short answer is, nobody really knows for sure. But my favourite explanation I’ve heard  is that they do it to cover themselves in the smell of their prey so that they can get […]

Does your dog understand?

Today I saw a gentleman battling with his dog, shouting at and pushing it every time it pulled him on the lead. They got little further than two metres each time before he would reprimand it for pulling him. It got me thinking, does his dog know what he wants it to do? In short, […]

Introducing new members to the family

My three year old son dotes on his little brother, always wanting to hug and play with him. More recently though our nine month old baby is well and truly on the move. Now we face a conflict of interests as our baby tries to take any toy our toddler is playing with. We manage […]