On the Nose

Dogs rely on their sense of smell to navigate the world, while humans rely on their excellent eyesight. Anyone who thinks their dog smells bad should spare a thought for what their dog might think about how they smell! Have you ever seen a dog being cuddled while...

The Right Question

Love without agenda, expectation or condition… that is what our pets give us. Dogs especially demonstrate the sort of attachments that humans are evolved to expect, yet our modern society often makes it difficult for us to fulfil our emotional needs. Our pets will do...

When the final bugle calls

How do we know when the time has come to decide to have our much loved pet, humanely put to sleep? It is a bit different in each circumstance, but I have a few guidelines which I will share with you. If your pet is able to perform his or her basic bodily functions...

The ‘Wild Dog’ Gene

A less common but intriguing set of behaviours in domestic dogs is known as “neophobia”, or extreme fear of anything new. Our homes have an endless supply of new things. In fact, most humans seek new things for pleasure. Dogs with the neophobic trait are constantly...