Monthly Archives: September 2014

Racing Greyhounds – how can this still be happening in 2014?

“Greyhound racing is a self-regulating gambling business that depends on the uncontrolled breeding and unaccountable disappearance of thousands of dogs every year. That is a situation that is unacceptable and indefensible,”  says actress Annette Crosbie OBE The Greyhound racing industry … Continue reading

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Adolescence and a second Fear Impact Period.

Sue McCabe in a recent great blog called Help I don’t Like my Dog says, ‘The dreaded teens can result in dogs who refuse to respond to commands they knew well a few months before. Recall can become non-existent. Chewing … Continue reading

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Could cuddling a dog be harrassment?

Imagine if a person, particularly someone you don’t know, suddenly grabs you around the waist and, despite your resistance, squeezes – maybe even starts humping you, what would you do? Struggle to escape? Shout at them? Call for help? Slap … Continue reading

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Dominance – Dare we use the ‘D’ word?

  In a very good article Melissa Starling says, ‘Come with me on a journey of the science of dominance in domestic dogs, but leave everything you think you know at the door’. She asks what actually is dominance?  Is … Continue reading

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Tug-of-war: Good or bad?

When we think of tug games, we seldom consider whether this could possibly harm our dogs physically. Dr. Peter Tobias says: Tug-of-war is a part of having fun with our dogs. However, many people do not know that playing too … Continue reading

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A dogs spine – key to a long healthy life?

Holistic veterinarian Dr. Peter Dobias in a YouTube video  is certain that a healthy spine and back is the key to our dog’s longevity. “Dogs are young as their spine is flexible’.  He says neck injuries or back injuries often result … Continue reading

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Air Fresheners – In preventing our room from smelling of dogs, are we harming them?

Can bleach cleaning spray mixed with air-freshener harm our dogs? An article in Science Daily, 2nd October 2019 reminds me of a ‘Paws’ I wrote a few years ago about the negative affects air fresheners of various kinds may have … Continue reading

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Cunning – Would a Dog be Sufficiently Devious to ‘Act Dumb’?

Jennifer Vigas in  ‘Dogs Play Dumb for our own Sake’ quotes new research claiming that our domestication of wolves, and our own dominant nature, has resulted in dogs that are so submissive that they suppress their independence and intellect. Dogs … Continue reading

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Humping – What is it Really All About?

Of course humping, or mounting is about making baby dogs, but it’s not only about procreation. It happens at all sorts of times in all sorts of places and for all sorts of reasons. Bitches hump, and humped items can … Continue reading

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Routine – How important is it to a dog and should we deliberately introduce change?

I am posing a bit of a debate this time. Routine or variety? Writing about children, Liza Asher of ClubMom Inc says regular schedules provide the day with a framework that orders a young child’s world. “Knowing what to expect … Continue reading

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