My Top Tips For Preventing Dog Theft

Dog theft is rising. It’s been rising for every year since I began writing about dog theft back in 2000. But right now? Right now it’s really, really becoming a huge problem and a terrifying prospect for any dog owner. So I thought I’d give some of my thoughts on what you can do about…

Me and My Dog: by Ryan O’Meara

For as long I can remember, I always wanted a dog. Probably like a lot of children who want a dog. Only I can safely say my desire for a dog was something much more integral to who I was as a person than an ordinary childhood desire for a pet. I wanted a dog…

Things To Know Before Hitting Your Dog

I am often amazed at some of the search terms that bring people to the various websites we publish. I was thinking it’d be fun to list just a handful of the more unusual/worrying ones and then I thought, would that be breaching someone’s privacy?  I mean, if you WERE the person who typed ‘best…

For Some Dogs a Grunt is Enough Reward

I was once writing an article  for K9 Magazine about how to stop dogs begging for food and why treat training (where the owner uses a food treat to ‘bribe’ the dog in to good behaviour all the time) can often be doomed to failure with certain dogs. It reminded me of one of my…

Should We Muzzle ALL Dogs In Public?

Over the past few years we’ve heard a number of alternative ‘dangerous dog’ solutions proposed. Ways and means by which we can prevent dog attacks from occurring. Ideas and suggestions which can help us rid ourselves of the menace of dog attacks. One of the most common ideas put forward seems, on the face of…

The Puppy Farm Problem – Who’s at Fault?

As dog lovers, we must all, surely, feel a massive twang of pity and regret when we think of those puppies who have been bred for profit by breeders who are interested only in how to produce maximum volume of ‘stock’ with scant regard for the welfare, health or temperament of the animals they churn…

The Best Dog Training Equipment in the World?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this is the best dog training tool on earth… I explain my reasons as to why I think (spoiler) is by far the most useful piece of dog training equipment money can buy. And for the record, it’s not electrical, it doesn’t cost the earth…

Dogs I Met Today

Did some filming for ITV Calendar today with this awesome trio of dogs Frank – http://www.dogsblog.com/frank-26/ – this boy has been in rescue for some time. His age seems to be the main barrier we think for people, but we’d love to show there’s plenty of life, and love, left in him. Lizzie – http://www.dogsblog.com/lizzie-24/ – this lovely…

How Smart Are Border Collies?

If ever you wanted to observe the epitome of futility, the doggedness of determination and a sheer willingness to try and get blood from a stone, then this is it. Despite the lack of stick throwing feedback, nobody could argue that this Border Collie didn't give it her very best shot.

Can Dogs Use Logic? A Highly Interesting Read

How about this for some fancy talkin'? “ Chrysippus , albeit in other things as disdainfull a judge of the con- dition of beasts as any other Philosopher, considering the earliest movings of the dog, who comming into a path that led three sever- all wayes in search or quest of his Master, whom he…