Residential Dog Training

obigardenstand2-cropResidential dog training should offer your dog the chance to have behaviour therapy as well as obedience training. This balance is not offered by some companies who only offer obedience help entirely on their own premises.  In most cases, owners are looking to be able to walk safely in public with unknown people and dogs and to enjoy a normal life.

Ask the right questions before paying for this type of training.  Where will the training be done?  Are there previous clients you can talk to?  Is handover done in real life or only in their training field?  What ongoing support is there?  Will shock or prong collars be used?  Will you get a training plan to follow at home? Continue reading

Pet Charter, Improving Animal Welfare Laws

Rob Flello MP and animal welfare supporter

Rob Flello MP and animal welfare supporter

Despite many politicians being bombarded with ideas and requests from dog owners and professionals, the laws never seem to change to something we all want.  With an election looming, what do dog owners really think is needed to protect dogs and the public?  Will any parties follow through on election promises or really change the lives of animals in this country? Continue reading

Crufts Poisoning : hype or harm?

jaggerHaving been asked by two news shows to comment, I’m doing so here first. It appears that Irish Setter Jagger has lost his life to some sort of poisoning and my condolences go to his family. Now a second dog, a Shih Tzu is claimed to be dead from poisoning at Crufts. I was there all four days,  on Sunday there was a list of five dogs allegedly poisoned. It’s grown since then.
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Dog Bite Survey, Which Breeds Bite?

dogthreat The media show stories about Bull breeds, Rottweilers and Akitas biting and causing fatalities.  The public in reality have problems with any breed whose owner can’t or won’t train it. The Dangerous Dogs Act, over 20 years old has not stopped the ownership or breeding of illegal breeds and demonises dogs who have passed a temperament test.  Would your dog pass such a test? Continue reading

Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers, Boarding Kennels how do you find a safe one?

kidsdogsSocial media is circulating a story about a dog lost/sold by a petsitter found through the Holidog site.  The company say they check sitters, but no information about how they do this.  It isn’t the first time a dog has gone missing, been stolen or lost when being looked after, but it does make you wonder about the standard of checks done. Continue reading

Petition to Fully Investigate Deaths Caused By Dogs

smallaggressivedogFor the last few years I have pushed  MP’s, Police, experts, DEFRA and Government via letters and meeting for deaths and serious injuries caused by dogs to be fully investigated. In the case of one tragic death of a baby caused by a dog, I had the support of the local MP and the child’s parents to assess the dogs and despite repeatedly asking the force involved to allow it, they held the dogs for a week, then destroyed them.  We learned nothing.

PETITION CLOSED DUE TO ELECTION

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Parent Pet Club, SafePets and Pet Education Trust

logomid SafePets UK is the training and behaviour adviser to the Pet Education Trust and runs Bravo Working Dog Rescue.  We believe strongly in education and the prevention of attacks, problems and protecting our children.

This new club brings together the worlds of rescue, training, advice and help. Continue reading

Parliamentary Debate on Puppy Farming, Ban Sales of Puppies and Kittens, Pup Aid

cage_lgpupsCongratulations to Pup Aid anti puppy farming campaign for getting today’s milestone Parliamentary debate on puppy farming.  This huge achievement has taken a lot of work via a petition to force the government to listen.  Puppy farming and back yard breeding brings thousands of pups into the world for profit, many living short, pain filled lives. Continue reading

Council Powers to Remove Dogs

kidsdogsI get quite a few enquiries from dog owners whose Council or Housing Association has told them their dogs have to go. Two recent cases highlight the difference it makes to act quickly and NOT take facebook advice.  If you are in this position, get professional help immediately.  What can happen if you are threatened with this and what can you do?  Read on… Continue reading

Channel 5 Dangerous Dog Owners and Proud

ch5logoOn 4th August at 9pm CH5 is broadcasting a documentary.  The release of the trailer and show title yesterday has already prompted emails to the channel and the usual outcry on facebook.

As it isn’t broadcast yet, we can only comment on the clip and write up, but there are many concerns.

CHANNEL 5 RESPONSE ADDED AT END 30TH JULY
NOW BROADCAST, COMMENTS AT END

SURVEY DONE DURING THE SHOW ABOUT WHY DOGS ARE DANGEROUS IS SOON AVAILABLE
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