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Avoiding End of Walk Frustration

We’ve all been there, we are at the end of a great off leash adventure, heading back to the car and suddenly our dog won’t respond when we call them, or worse takes off back into the park when we grab the leash to collect them.  If given a choice I think most of our dogs would happily adventure for another couple hours, unfortunately life gets in the way and usually we have to end a walk before our dogs are ready. This leads to frustration for our dogs but also as anyone who has experienced this will agree, frustration for us!  

Retractable Leashes…yes or no?

A question I get asked a lot is “how do you feel about retractable leashes?” While I can see the appeal of a conveniently coiled lead that can provide your dog with more freedom at the click of a button, I think there are a few things to consider before using them....

Respecting the Growl

As humans we have many ways of communicating. We can use our words to tell someone if we like something or if we don’t like something, and hopefully a fellow human will respond accordingly to that communication.

Our dogs come with their own ways of communicating. We know when our dogs like something, they might wag their tail or jump for joy, but what about when they don’t like something?

Recent Blog Posts

10 Ways to tire your dog without throwing a ball

We’ve all heard “a tired dog is a good dog!”  But how do we achieve that? High adrenaline activities such as repetitive ball play & intense play with other dogs may achieve the desired effect short term but can cause us trouble in the long run!  We can...

Avoiding End of Walk Frustration

We’ve all been there, we are at the end of a great off leash adventure, heading back to the car and suddenly our dog won’t respond when we call them, or worse takes off back into the park when we grab the leash to collect them.  If given a choice I think most of our dogs would happily adventure for another couple hours, unfortunately life gets in the way and usually we have to end a walk before our dogs are ready. This leads to frustration for our dogs but also as anyone who has experienced this will agree, frustration for us!  

Retractable Leashes…yes or no?

A question I get asked a lot is “how do you feel about retractable leashes?” While I can see the appeal of a conveniently coiled lead that can provide your dog with more freedom at the click of a button, I think there are a few things to consider before using them....

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