Polite Paws Blog

The dangers of retractable leads

Retractable leads are probably one of the most widely used tools - everyone seems to have one. And on the face of it they seem to be a really useful tool - your dog can have a degree of freedom to run around while also not being able to run off or get lost. While I do...

The Dangers of Grass Seeds

At this time of the year grass seeds can be a really big problem. They are only small, and can easily become trapped in your dog's fur when on walks, or when rolling in the grass. Common areas for them to become trapped are in the fur of the paws, particularly between...

Why I will only ever use reward based methods when training dogs

For those of you that have trained with me with your dog, you will be fully aware that I am very passionate about reward based training methods, and will never train any dog using force, intimidation or pain. The methods I follow are based in science, and play into...

Winter Paw Care

With the current cold weather and snow that has fallen in the UK, it is important to be aware of how to prevent certain problems with your dogs paws as a result. So below are a few things to be aware of to keep your dog's feet in tip top condition and avoid problems:-...

Puppy Sleeping Arrangements

Most people, when they bring their new puppy home, are still under the impression (because it is what they have read, or been advised) that they should shut puppy in a crate or in the kitchen straight away on the first night, and if they cry then we should ignore the...

Pain & Behaviour

Recent events have led me to do this short blog post regarding pain in dogs in relation to behaviour. All too often dogs (and other animals, especially horses) are labelled "naughty" or "dominant" or "stubborn" for displaying certain behaviours, or not wanting to do...

When socialisation is not the answer!

Everyone knows that when they get a puppy they have to "socialise" that puppy. Often there is a fair bit of confusion as to what that term actually involves or means, but to find out more about this, have a look at a blog I did last year about socialisation with...

Jumping Up

One of the most common things I get asked is how to stop a dog from jumping up - be that jumping up at owners, or jumping up on people in the park or on the street. It is one of the things people struggle most with, and can be very frustrating, but before teaching...