In the absence of expert knowledge of canine nutrition, the average dog owner is left to their own interpretation of some confusing and vague listings of dog food ingredients. But what do we really know about what is in our pet food and should we trust the health claims we read on the packaging?
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Have a happy dog who is full of boundless energy?
Have a high energy dog? Here are some tips to help burn up some of their energy, making for a happy dog and happy dog owner.
A good starting point is to focus on what behaviours you want your dog to display and what you don’t.
Eventually every dog owner is going to come home to find their dog has chewed something they shouldn’t have done in their absence. Although dogs have a great sense of smell and vision which they use to explore the world, dogs also really enjoy gaining new information by putting things in their mouths. All dogs have an inbuilt desire to chew. But why the furniture?
Puppy's first walk is such an exciting milestone in your pup's young life, and as they take their first steps into the unknown, it is up to us as puppy owners to make this experience as positive and beneficial as possible. Before you set foot outside with pup in tow, let us walk you through it with our expert tips on the dos and don'ts of puppy' first walk.
The cue 'Leave' is another one of the important fundamental skills we teach our puppies. It is basically teaching your puppy that if you come away from whatever you are doing, you will be rewarded. The Leave cue is for situations like dropping medicine on the floor, accidentally leaving chocolate in sniffing range, passing something smelly but delectable to your dog, and passing livestock or other animals.
The Give cue is another essential cue that puppies need to learn early on. We need to teach puppies to give up items that they would rather keep, for example; socks, shoes, and tea towels! This may sound like an impossible task but if done right it's quite easy. The key to this is showing your puppy that giving something up is actually worthwhile.
Maintaining wellbeing and exercise for our dogs during lockdown is a challenge, not least to keep up essential socialisation to stop nervousness – and in the worst cases, aggressive behaviour - creeping in. Walks are absolutely critical to helping our dogs feel comfortable and confident with other people, other dogs and the world at large.
If your puppy knows how to stand on command, he will not be as stressed in certain situations as he would be if you had to hold him in position, or were asking him to do something he is not familiar with. Much like with us, situations are a lot less stressful when you know what to do. You can teach your puppy to stand by following these easy steps.
BBC Wiltshire invites our very own Julie Turner from We Love Pets Marlborough to share some reassuring words for our pet owners during the Covid-19 outbreak.