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Are you trying to house train your dog? Have you ever worried about them getting arthritis? Do you know what a Halti collar is and how it can help you walk your dog? What’s it like for dogs in the pound? You’ll find all these answers and a whole lot more right here…

Housetraining can be most easily achieved through a combination of rewarding your dog for eliminating in the correct ‘spot’ and strictly supervising his access in your home in order to minimize ‘accidents’. Read more…
Head collars such as Halti’s and Gentle Leaders can be very beneficial to the owner of a dog who pulls on the lead. These head collars act as a type of power steering, giving the owner greater control over their dog when out on walks. Read more…
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is the process of breathing life back into an unconscious human. A similar technique can also work effectively on dogs. The signs that indicate the need for CPR include unconsciousness, lack of arousal, lack of physical movement, or eye blinking. These symptoms can occur from drowning, choking, electrical shock, or a number of other situations. Read more…
Take big, handsome and brave. Mix sweet and loving, and fun and kind. Colour him soft and gentle and caring and wise. All of these attributes and more went into the wonderful canine cocktail that was Patricia Vazquez’s beloved Mastiff “Bruno”. Read more…
Some dogs are more susceptible to eye injuries than others and it is common for them to have twigs and sharp objects coming in contact with the delicate parts of their eyes. It isn’t possible for an owner to protect a dog completely from eye injuries, but a regular inspection of the eyes can prevent a small problem from becoming a bigger one. Read more…
Almost all dogs develop joint problems as they age and larger dogs tend to experience these problems earlier than smaller breeds. Arthritis is one of the great cripplers of dogs as they advance in years, yet it can also begin early in their lives. Read more…
The mechanism of using timeouts to teach your dog to self-inhibit a behaviour you find undesirable is a an age old method. Commonly, players of organised sports suffer penalties for misbehaviour. Ejection in rugby, penalty yards in American football and being side-lined in basketball are all examples of ‘removal’ as punishment. Isolation as a penalty works well for dogs as for people. Read more…
How do I get my dog to be obedient? This is a question I get asked every day from owners who are frustrated that their dogs display ‘selective deafness’ or appear to be ‘wilful’ or ‘stubborn’ when asked to perform a request by their owners. Read more…
As a journalist, I decided to go to the dog pound, and interview some of the “inmates”. I wanted to know what it was like in there from their perspective. What follows is not for the faint of heart. Read more…
It had been two weeks since I visited the local dog pound and its denizen. The story, not surprisingly, had attracted a lot of attention from rescue groups in the area. They were pleased someone from the city paper had taken the time to write a story on why dogs end up in the pound. It was hoped it might raise some awareness. Read more…
Ireland: a country of myths and legends. Perhaps the biggest myth of them all (yes, even bigger than the fairy forts and leprechauns) is that if you spay or neuter your dog, it will ‘change’ them somehow. I’ve often wondered what it would ‘change’ them into, a cat, a pig, a creature who can clean up after themselves (if only)? Read more…
The mission of Irish Therapy Dogs is to provide physical, therapeutic and educational benefit to people – young and old – in hospitals, nursing homes, day care centres, schools and other places where people may be restricted from having pets and where the presence of dogs, and their handlers, will add comfort and support. We are an Irish voluntary pet therapy charity organisation with an office in Dublin and are available nationwide. Read more…
This little girl was admitted into Monaghan County Council dog pound as a stray. As you can see from her “before” photo it wasn’t easy to ascertain what was underneath the badly matted coat. The hair hung in massive clumps everywhere, she couldn’t hold up her tail and couldn’t walk properly because the weight of the matts in her coat meant her little legs could not bend in the correct way. It was obvious from closer examination that this dog had in all likelihood never ever been groomed and in fact had been very badly neglected. Read more…
The well-know expression ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is well heeded advice when it comes to raising a behaviourally healthy pet dog. The exercises below are designed to lower the probability of your dog biting in typical scenarios where the dog is likely to do just that. A dog that has a history of acting aggressively is a dog that will require extensive rehabilitation. Rehabilitating a dog that bites or threatens to do so is extremely time intensive and costly to both dog and owner, but particulary to the dog, as most biting dogs are eventually euthanized. Read more…

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