Polite Paws Blog

“Socialisation” – the myth Vs the reality

Online dog training has really taken off during the past few months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has shown how successful it can be. Until it is evident that it is truly safe, I have made the decision to continue all my classes and 121 services online,...

Preparing for life after lock down – masks!

While we are all looking forward to our lives eventually getting back to "normal", it is going to be a long time before we are at that stage, and as we start to move towards a more normal life there are going to be aspects of everyday life that are very...

Avoiding Separation issues after Lockdown

So while we are all at home all the time during Lockdown, your dog may be loving it. Having their humans there all the time, and even if walks have reduced, they are most likely having more attention and training at home than usual. Great! Or is it? For people like...

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...