DOGMATISE BLOG

Enrichment

Here we go again…

Fireworks. Far be it from me to spoil someone else’s fun, but I hate the noise. My dogs have all eventually tolerated it, but I have never left any of them to deal with it on their own. All the main animal charities have advice on how to help your

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Sleep

Calling Zeke

After last week’s play date, we’ve been earnestly working on recall. I’ve upped Zeke’s treats to a new dehydrated lamb, which he can’t do enough for.  Not only will he give me eye contact when we cross the road, or walk past people, we can also comfortably walk along the

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Play

Healthy Play

We met Cooper again for a play date. I honestly hope Zeke matures to be as balanced and well rounded as Cooper. Zeke with his hormones raging, was somewhat full on. We let them run around for a while, and they took turns around the paw paddock. I did intervene

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Nine months and growing up

I don’t tend to notice Zeke’s size because I see him every day. It’s only when I look back at photos I’ve taken in the garden, and when other people see him less often comment, I realise he’s not a baby any longer. Zeke is officially an adolescent, rather than

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Food

Light time

Zeke had his six-month Vet check this week. He’s doing well (31kg) no he’s not overweight, but it was suggested I cut back his food by 10% as he enters the 9-12 month age band. I’ve been conscious that puppies eat more when they’re growing so fast, and given we

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Remembering

I read that the late Queen had over 30 dogs in her lifetime. That’s phenomenal. Zeke is my sixth dog. With Winston as my first dog in 1990, that’s 32 years! Where does the time go. I remember each and every one of my dogs, as if it was yesterday.

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Enrichment

Play Date Adventures

We have a great dog facility not too far away that you can book for sole use. It has two secure 2-acre dog walking fields, each surrounded by super high fencing. The owners have clearly put a lot of thought into the design. Once you put that day’s passcode into

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Research

Choice

Choice Since reading about consent testing, I seem to be noticing more people talking about it. There’s a great article here, where the author explains how you can ‘preference test’ with your own dog. Choice supports training with our dogs (and other animals), making sure we really are offering positive

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Ears

I really don’t understand on any level, why people think it’s okay to crop dog’s ears. Aside from it being banned and illegal under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (section five). It’s blatantly cruel and must be so painful. Often done to puppies. When I look at Zeke’s trusting face,

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