Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is coming and you can bet there’ll be plenty of bangs, whizzes and crashes rending the skies, from this weekend onwards.  This is the time of year when thousands of our household pets will be cowering in terror or running away in fear from all these noises and lights that they just don’t […]


Barking is not really the problem in domesticated dogs. It’s stopping it when you’ve had enough that causes the headaches! Barking is natural for dogs. It’s a signal to the rest of the world and they often enjoy doing it. They use it to communicate with other dogs and with people and we sometimes encourage […]

Observations on hugging dogs

Recent research from Stanley Coren, a world-renowned behavioural psychologist, has created an enormous amount of interest. Coren studied hundreds of photos of dogs being hugged and analysed their expressions to determine if they were stressed or not. He calculated that 81.6% of the dogs showed signs of stress and anxiety and concluded that owners should […]