Polite Paws Blog

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...

Why I never use the word “no” with my dog

Perhaps one of the most commonly used words I hear with people and their dogs is the word “no”….and when I mention in classes that “no” is something we should avoid saying to our dogs, I am often greeted with slightly sceptical responses. So I thought I would write a...

Talking the same language

Something I feel very passionately about is that we, as dog owners, educate ourselves so that we can read our dog and understand what they are saying to us. They obviously don't understand our language, but they do have their very own language that they use to...

Using food rewards in training

I am pleased to say it doesn't happen very often nowadays, but occasionally I still do get clients who are very reluctant to use food rewards when training their dogs or puppies. It baffles me, as it is like asking us to go to work and not get paid at the end of the...

Socialisation – what does it mean?

If you are a new puppy owner, or if you are putting thought into whether or not to get a puppy, you will no doubt have heard the word 'socialisation' banded around, and you will probably know how important it is to socialise your puppy. But what does socialisation...

Prepare your dog for the Firework season

This is a guest blog I did for "Barks and Bunnies" - they are a family run company who provide natural and homemade treats, plus great gifts for dogs and rabbits. Check out their website and treat your dog or rabbit! It is fast approaching that time of year that many...