Why choose a mobile dog trainer?

A mobile dog trainer, as you probably would have guessed, will spend time in your home with you and your dog, assessing why you are facing your current problems. They can teach you how to train your dog before the behavioural issues go too far. There are most probably plenty of mobile dog trainers to choose from in your local area right now, but it’s important to choose an individual or team who have the credentials for the task at hand. Check their experience and see what they’ve achieved for other dog owners, and if you can ask to look at a few of their case studies. It’s also wise to check they have certifications in dog training and the more they’re able to prove in terms of documentation, the better. You can then feel them out when you meet them in person and see if they really have the knowledge for the job before you pay them any fees at all.

Tough Mudder for dogs

You may well have read about this recently, as it’s been heavily reported on in the media, but dog lovers will soon be able to race alongside their pet in the first ever mud obstacle race made for canines and humans. The muddy dog challenge will be setup in six locations throughout the UK, and though these are yet to be confirmed, we can expect a few major towns and cities being mentioned. It’s more of a trial run for the first year to see what the reception is going to be, but it’s organised for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, so it’s likely all or most of the proceeds will go this this charity. A worthwhile cause, not just in terms of raising money, but getting yourself and your dog outdoors feeling fit with some competitive sprit. It will certainly be a great event to participate in to meet likeminded go owners, and we’re expecting big things.

When to keep your dog on a leash

Dogs do deserve freedom to run around, get rid of some energy and keep up their exercise, however are their times you should keep your dog on a leash.

Finding a good dog walking spot is always advantageous when you have an energetic pooch that needs to stretch their legs and burn off some energy. As a dog owner it is your responsibility to maintain the safety of your canine and of those around you. Keeping your dog on a leash in busy built up areas is very important as it lets you dog know you are fully in control.

Passing through a busy park or playground may distract your dog, or cause them to act out of their normal comfort zone. If your dog doesn’t fully follow commands then it is always best to keep them on the leash until you are in an enclosed dog area, which can be found in many public park areas.

Toilet training your new puppy

With advice on toilet training puppies all over the place, potty training your new addition should be easy, well easier!

Puppies like babies will empty their bladder uncontrollably, it is only at a certain age that you can teach them control. Luckily for a new dog owner, this age tends to be when they are old enough to leave their mother.

Training should be started from day one, and consistency with your training is very important too.  Training should start by taking your dog outside at several intervals during the day, after naps, after meal times and allocated times in between. As your dog grows older the frequency of toileting will reduce, so less toilet breaks will be needed.

It is important to give your puppy treats and affection when they have done the task they were told to; this is how they learn. Never give them a treat otherwise. Each puppy will learn differently and at different rates, so be patient with toilet training your new puppy.

Using a dog walking service for your pet

Over recent years there has been an increase in services for your pet dogs, including dog grooming, walking, and even dog sitting services too. As a dog owner, looking after your dog well is your top priority, making sure they receive a healthy balanced diet, plenty of exercise and lots of love and attention.

Sometimes a busy schedule can get in the way, and you may find you are unable to walk your dog certain days a week. A dog walking service may be the perfect option for your dog. Hiring someone to take your dog out for a long stroll while you are away at work will give you the peace of mind that they are getting their daily exercise.

Sending your dog on a dog walking group can help them become more sociable with new people and also allows them to meet other dogs and make new friends.