Canine Toilet-Training Options
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A topic that I have touched upon in the past but not explored fully is that of crate training a puppy. I have never crate trained a puppy and so I am curious, is it the best way, what does it actually help the puppy learn? Is it beneficial when toilet-training? Crate training seems to … Continued

Nature vs Nurture and Stereotyping Breeds
  • Monday, October 15, 2012

Many people today will automatically judge a breed of dog when seeing or walking past it just simply because it is a type of breed. Whilst some will class this as stereotyping, others will argue that it is a breed classification. But is it right for us as humans and dog owners to automatically jump … Continued

Is There Such a Thing as Small Dog Syndrome?
  • Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Over the weekend I found myself becoming involved in a debate about whether there is such a thing as ‘small dog syndrome’. There seems to be a stigma surrounding small dogs that depicts them as yappy, badly behaved canines that perhaps over react to bigger dogs around them and ‘rule the roost’ so to speak. This … Continued

Flexi-leads and the Alternatives
  • Thursday, August 30, 2012

Flexi-leads have been used by dog owners far and wide for many years. When they first came into the pet market they were seen as revolutionary and ideal for giving a dog that cannot be trusted off of the lead a bit more freedom. However these days they are not such a common sight and … Continued

Keeping An Indoor Cat Fit and Healthy
  • Tuesday, August 28, 2012

For owners that have an indoor cat, keeping your feline friend active, fit and stimulated can sometimes present a bit of a challenge. Cats by their very nature are independent souls and will often find ways to keep themselves entertained. However, there a few things that you can do to ensure that your cat is … Continued

Helping Your Dog Grieve
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Grieving is a subject that we have touched upon before in our content here at Animal Friends Insurance. The loss of a pet is devastating and can be a hard blow for humans to take, but what about dogs? Do they grieve when an owner or fellow dog passes away?

Exercising With Your Dog
  • Monday, July 30, 2012

Whether you’re a seasoned keep-fit runner or someone that is determined to start getting fit, if you own a dog then why not include them in your physical activities?

A Guide to Visiting the Beach With Your Dog
  • Friday, May 25, 2012

Visiting the beach with your dog is a great way to relax in summer and spend some quality time with your pet. However, there are a number of things to consider before packing up your folding chair and heading to the car. What to Take When considering what to take with you, remember that there … Continued

Positive Reinforcement
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Positive reinforcement is a term that can refer to a type of dog-training used to condition a dog’s behaviour. The technique is largely based upon a psychological learning process named operant conditioning in which an individual’s actions are modified through associating certain behaviour with a stimulus. In the context of dog psychology, ‘reinforcement’ means introducing … Continued