Category Archives: PAWS for Thought

Static Electricity – Ouch! What Was That?

I recently visited a timid dog who was just gathering sufficient courage to sniff my hand when I both heard and felt the static shock of electricity leaping from my hand to the poor dog’s nose. He recoiled and then … Continue reading

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E-Collars – Would you deliberately electric shock your child?

No sane person would punish a child with an electric shock, but many people think it’s okay to use electric shock on their dog. Is terrorising a dog to stop it doing something acceptable? The risk of fallout is terrible … Continue reading

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Unique Nose Print – No two dogs have the same nose print.

Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as a human’s fingerprints and can be used to accurately identify them. The Canadian Kennel Club has been accepting dog nose prints as proof of identity since 1938. ‘Just as humans can be identified … Continue reading

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Licking – Why do our dogs lick us?

Why do our dogs like to lick our faces? Is it because they love us? Is it because we taste good? Is it evolutionary to encourage regurgitation of food? Is it to pacify themselves or us? There seem to be … Continue reading

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A Dog’s Collar – What Has it to Do With His Eyes?

We’d never knowingly harm our dogs, would we. Did you know that a tight collar or particularly a choke chain can cause not only eye problems but other unexpected problems also? Check or choke chains are still used in dog … Continue reading

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Bones – Are They Good For My Dog?

I gave my five dogs the ‘wrong’ sort of bones yesterday and they (and I) paid the price. I should have known better and it was all because I trusted the place I had bought them from. Which bones are … Continue reading

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Corrie Dogs – Where are they All?

Can you spot a dog? The Barlows have Border Terrier Eccles and Maria has Black Labrador Ozzy, both seldom seen now. That’s all.  Tina murdered in the street but no bedtime dog walkers about. There are no other dogs are … Continue reading

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Sleeping – Is your Dog a Twitcher?

The other day I was watching my Golden Labrador Zara ‘running’ and squeaking in her sleep on the sofa. Of my four dogs, she does this the most. My German Shepherd went to her and stood over her, head on … Continue reading

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Unsuitable Match – Too Much for the Average Dog Owner?

The wonderful Sally Hopkins (of http://www.dog-games-shop.co.uk and Sprinkles TM fame) about ten days ago adopted a Border Collie from the Dogs Trust Rescue Centre at Evesham, another dog brought over from the dog pounds in Ireland. You can follow Buddy’s … Continue reading

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Reunitings – To Greet or Not to Greet, That is the Question

Back in the day, about nine years ago, Jan Fennell advocated in her book The Dog Listener that upon returning home, regardless of how calm the dog was, one should wait a good five minutes after he had settled before … Continue reading

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