The Way of the Dog Articles
In October 2014, Lantra released the National Occupational Standards for the Dog Industry that promote the criteria for all people working with dogs. How does your dog service provider perform against these criteria and who is handling your dog?
Taking time to train your dog has numerous benefits that can be incredibly stimulating and enjoyable for all involved.
Following on with the Enlisting a Trainer theme the million dollar question is the one that seeks to identify and define what a qualified dog trainer is?
In this blog we will focus on one-to-one training versus group training. Both possess strengths and weaknesses; however at The Way of the Dog we feel that they are both very different approaches to training.
Like many of today’s skills and services there are those that are enthusiasts, amateurs, or professionals, capable of offering different levels of service and proficiency. To support you in identifying who-is-who The Way of the Dog will run a series of blogs to help you make informed choices about enlisting the services of reputable dog trainers.
During the month of February The Way of the Dog Ltd visited AIM Education, Stanningley, Leeds, to teach young people about responsible dog ownership and the impact that status dogs are having on our communities.
When selecting a trainer or training provider do your homework, check credentials and ask questions, and always ensure that you are enlisting the services of a professionally trained expert.
The clients contacted The Way of the Dog Ltd having become concerned by the behaviour modification approach being adopted by a veterinary behaviourist working with their dog. Without any practical attempt to modify behaviour their dog had been placed on anti-depressants and a drug prescribed for epilepsy.
Up and down the country dog rescue centres of all kinds seek forever homes for 1000s of dogs that have been abandoned or surrendered into care. Social media campaigns spearheaded by armies of well-meaning volunteers and high profile celebrities encourage us to adopt...
Teddy was imported from Ireland having lost his home through the passing of his owner. The history of the dog was largely unknown and required thorough background checks in order to provide limited details. During transportation Teddy bit the handler. The dog was homed with two potential families both of which found Teddy to difficult to handle.
Children have no natural fear of animals, only learnt ones; they do however possess a natural curiosity about animals. Keep your child safe by teaching them how to approach a dog.
You will hear the word ‘socialisation’ often spoken by dog owners, enthusiasts, and professionals alike, but what does it really mean?
Raised on the streets of Romania Seb learnt to scavenge for food and fight for survival. This is the story of how two loving people brought the young orphan to a life in the UK.
I met a lovely lady who was very distressed and at her wits end, ‘Bailey’ had been punishing her and inflicting nasty bites. What surprised me was the fact that I knew this little dog and had no idea of the double life it was leading.
Do people really understand what their dogs are communicating? Or is it that our human rationale takes over and we seek to excuse our dog’s poor communication and unruly behaviour with something we consider acceptable instead of the truth?
A recent study conducted at the University of Tokyo suggests that dogs are emotionally connected to people and will yawn in response to their owners yawning.
Olla, a young, fearful and confused German Shepherd has come to live and work with Shaun. What does the future hold for his handsome dog?
Shaun was looking for a dog to support him and work with him at The Way of the Dog. Then he met Olla, a young German Shepherd in need of serious support.
Dog Care & Education
The Way of the Dog Ltd is delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Vince the Vet® to form a working collaboration focused on delivering the very best behavioural support and holistic health care. Vince the Vet® is a unique range of clinically proven,...
During warmer weather you should be aware of the risk that overheating poses to your dogs health and well being. Our recent article Overheating & Heat Stroke in Dogs provides information on how to recognise and treat overheating; this time were are going to offer...
We all know that dogs die in hot cars thanks to excellent campaigns by the RSPCA, Dogs Trust, PETA and other animal organisations; what often gets overlooked is the fact that dogs die needlessly from heatstroke on warm days in parks, houses and gardens too.
Ticks pose a very real risk to the health of you and your dog. With awareness, preventative actions, thorough checking and correct removal these risks can be minimised.
Just like many of us, dogs love the spring. It signifies the return of evening walks, weekend outings and time in the garden with the family. But, spring brings with it a host of issues that all dog owners should be aware of. At The Way of the Dog, our articles are...
Dogs are being transported insecurely on Britain’s roads, putting the dog, the owner and others at risk. Here’s our guide to transporting you dog safely….
Staying safe on dark dog walks is as simple as being visible, being aware and staying warm. Here are our tips to saying safe on night time dog walks.
Here’s our guide to some of the hazards that every dog owner needs to be aware of when walking a dog in winter.
At Christmas we bring a whole host of potential dangers and poisons into our homes. Keep your dog safe this Christmas by reading our guide to some of the festive risks.
Until recently The Way of the Dog Ltd has not considered dog friendly hotels to be a destination of choice. However, a recent visit to Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel proved to be a delightful experience and one that we shall repeat.
It takes only a matter of minutes for you to lose your loving companion when left in the oven that could be your car! The sun is out and it is beautiful, but the sun beating down on a parked vehicle with a dog trapped inside is likely to end in a horrendous death.
Each Christmas we are reminded of the fact that “A dog is for life, and not just for Christmas.” The slogan was created in 1978 by Clarissa Baldwin and is still very much relevant some 37 years on. “The longstanding campaign aims to raise awareness of the...
Animal cruelty exists, dogs are being bred in horrendous conditions with disturbing consequences, financial gain often being the motivation.
I’m a big believer that being a dog owner can be good for your health. And there’s an increasing amount of evidence to prove it too.
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