The ‘Prettiest Star’ shines bright in the sky tonight. My beautiful, furry, companion Ziggy, passed yesterday. She was spared the ravages of suffering from a malignant tumour. She was nine years old.
Raw diets – worth the risk? I’ve written about this subject before. More and more I meet owners who extoll the virtues of raw food. However, this is a controversial area with little research done into the safety of this approach. My vet, for instance, would not dream of it. Unfortunately, there is much written […]
Tell tail signs… This is a subject that I have touched upon before. It is, however, worth looking at again. I witnessed a situation, today, escalate rapidly into a multi-dog melee. I stopped to chat with a lady with her two dogs. We saw another couple approaching with their young Border Collie. She mentioned to […]
Harmful ‘training’… I read this article on the BBC news site – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56351693 It talks about the growing number of youtube channels that focus on ‘dog training.’ Many of these promote outdated and harmful methods of ‘training’ our dogs. Indeed, many of the methods employed are just cruel. There are also a number of mainstream […]
A quiet approach… My better half Sue, First in the Q, works with highly stressed people. We often discuss elements of our work. There are, often, striking similarities in how we approach humans and dogs, in my case. Sue holds an MSc in Mindfulness and is always seeking to develop her skills further. She sent […]
How has lockdown affected our dogs? I touched on the subject of lockdown and our dogs awhile back. I was interested in reading a piece by The Dogs Trust ((Christley et al., 2021)) published in Animals. It makes some interesting points. Although it is based on a questionnaire covering the first lockdown during March-May 2020, […]
As we get older, we need to evaluate our capabilities and, think carefully about the type of dog we can cope with.
Dogs of any age, including puppies, should never be given as presents. The idea of getting a dog should be a family affair – everyone should be involved, everyone should understand the commitment needed to live with a dog. If you then decide it is for you and your family – GO FOR IT – you will be in for an enjoyable ride. Just NOT at Xmas.
ANYONE can call themselves a canine behaviourist. This seems to be a growing trend with dog trainers (a different discipline) to also promote themselves as a canine behaviourist. To clarify, I am educated in canine behaviour to level 5 – a 2-year course of study resulting in a fully qualified canine behaviourist. A level 3, for example, studies some aspects of canine behaviour for, usually, around 6 months – this DOES NOT qualify them as a canine behaviourist.
There is no doubt, in my mind, that we live in a world where life can be seen as cheap. I was minded to write this after reading a very sad case of a dog losing its life. Social media has driven the growth of the meme, likes, subscribers, Youtube ‘stars’ and the like. You […]