• Dog Walking

    Colder, darker months

    Please share this!As the Autumn season has arrived, dog owners will find that morning and evening walks are often done in the dark and, sometimes as the weather gets colder, walking your dog will not have the same appeal. It’s important to keep up with exercise – not just physically but to stimulate your dog’s mind.  Once the clocks go back, it’s lighter earlier so if possible get up an hour earlier and take the dog’s main walk before your day begins.  If you’re around during the day, you could go for several shorter walks.  Be careful letting your dog off the leash when dark – only do so if…

  • Dog Walking

    Pulling on the leash

    Please share this!This is a common problem – the dog doesn’t know how you would like him or her to walk beside you, so it’s down to you the owner to teach them the required behaviour. Our actions at the other end of the leash are just as important as the dog’s and in many cases, an owner that keeps pulling back is fuelling the unwanted behaviour, as the dog is genetically programmed to rebuff your actions with the outcome becoming a sort of tugging game – which can effect your dog’s health later in life as well as your own joints. To combat this behaviour through training, the owner…

  • Dog Training,  Dog Walking

    Exercising a new puppy

    Please share this!When acquiring a new puppy, something that should be high on the list of things to do is exercise.  As a general guide, a puppy needs five minutes of exercise for each month of the its life, so for a three month old puppy you would give them fifteen minutes, four months twenty minutes, five months twenty five minutes and so on – ensuring the environment is safe and secure. Over-exercising can cause the puppy to become over tired and possibly damage their developing joints, which can lead to early arthritis. Don’t let your puppy run free to play with bigger dogs as this too can cause early…