Out of the frying pan…

Oh the joys of the smaller dog. There are many benefits to the more diminutive breeds: they eat less, take up less floor space, cost less to treat at the vet (and are therefore cheaper to insure), and so on. But there are hidden surprises. Like earlier maturation. No sooner are you out of the […]

Happy Holidays!

Tis the season to be jolly… Doesn’t it get earlier each year? Maybe I’m just getting old. If you have kids, you *might* just be able to drag it out until December 1 when advent-chocolate-eating-season begins. My husband is American so in our house “Holiday” chaos starts today, Thanksgiving. Firstly, the house is adorned with […]

Starbucks for dogs (creating a safe space)

No. I’m not suggesting that you and your dog toddle off for a daily pumpkin spice latte. Although, if your local branch is dog-friendly and you like your hot beverages sugar-rather-than-coffee-based it’s as good a place to do some socialisation as any I’m sure (see last week’s post). Starbucks for dogs isn’t about Starbucks. It’s […]

1000 good experiences

Your puppy’s first week at home is crucial. Most people spend it feeling exhausted and worrying about housetraining (which is difficult, time-consuming and important. More on that another time). The thing is, you won’t get to ‘housetrained’ in a week and, in fact, you can train your puppy where to pee at any time. But […]

The worst week of the year

Welcome to the Firework “season”. When did that happen? When did it stop being about November 5th and start to become an excuse to set fire to things at any time of the day or night for at least a week, and probably up until New Year? Let’s face it, fireworks are a slightly strange […]

Have a happy howl-oween (without spooking out your dog)

Planning on including your furry friend in your scary celebrations? A few tips to ensure everyone is having a good time… 1. Should I take my puppy trick or treating? Nope!  Excitable kids in shape-shifting outfits and masks (MASKS!) making weird noises, in the dark, with the potential for fireworks (more about them next week), […]

5 reasons your dog is “disobedient” on walks

Ah, that perennial problem. The dog that ignores you. Clearly, he / she is doing it to irritate you, right? Wrong! What on earth purpose would your dog have for WANTING to put you in a bad mood? Seriously! Here are 5 common reasons why your dog is not paying you attention when you’re out […]

The unexpected extra

Yesterday a box was delivered to my door. Not a gift, rather an anticipated delivery of something I had ordered.  Well packaged, with each item carefully handwrapped in gorgeous red tissue paper. Unpacking it should have been a pleasure. But something was missing. Don’t get me wrong, the order was complete. Everything was there as […]

Always nag with a smile

Go on then. Hands up. Who actually *enjoys* being nagged? Exactly. Not only is nagging really annoying for the person being nagged, it is also really frustrating for whomever is doing the nagging. Because, fundamentally, it doesn’t work. Nagging is not an effective strategy for behaviour change. Got kids? A partner? Housemate? Give me one example […]

I hate the dentist

5 tips for vet visits It all stems from a bad experience when I was a teenager: 4 “space-creating” extractions on one day, not enough anesthesia, teeth flying across the room… It was horrific. (I try not to talk about it.) I tend to avoid the dentist at all costs. In fact, between the ages […]