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My Super Nero

I wrote the following text a few weeks after Nero passed but for some reason could not bring myself to publish it on the blog. It’s now been almost one year to the day since Nero crossed that rainbow bridge and even though reading this still brings me to tears, I feel it is finally […]

Dogs that dislike dogs.

When your dog doesn’t mix well with other dogs life can get complicated. Shout out to all the dog owners who know exactly what I mean. I’ve been there. I completely understand the emotional stress and humiliation a reactive dog can cause. Taking an enjoyable walk with your dog is tainted by their dislike of other […]

Petcake.

Been sniffing for a yummy cookie to motivate your dog during training? Perhaps you’re searching for a canine compatible birthday cake? Maybe your dog deserves something special to sink their teeth into? Whatever reason you’re seeking  tasty treats for a hungry hound, you needn’t look further than Petcake! Situated in Haarlem, this divine little bakery creates fresh, healthy and […]

The dog divide.

One thing I discovered very quickly in the world of dog training is that it’s extremely split.  There are hundreds of ways you can train a dog and a thousand and one techniques that can be challenged or endorsed. Whatever method you chose to practice, you can be sure you will have some negative-Nancy (there’s probably one right now furiously typing […]

Pam the van.

The story of an inspirational girl, her adopted dog, their revamped van and the open road… You may have previously seen this motivated young woman’s story circulating on social media. Marina’s adventures certainly captured my attention which is why I was absolutely ecstatic when she confirmed she was driving to Amsterdam and happily agreed to meet another canine […]

Puppy love.

A street of woofs and wags… This Valentines day there’s lots to bark about! We’ve teamed up with the best street in Haarlem, the Gierstraat, to be part of their Valentines shenanigan ‘the street of love’. The Gierstraat is full of our favourite, dog-friendly, independent stores and they’ve all come together to create something truly unique! You can check […]

Dog owner challenge.

It’s not black and white when there is grey in-between. Many of us share our homes and  lives with one or more canine companions. As dog owners, we probably class ourselves as ‘dog lovers’ who will happily make acquaintance with a new furry face and welcome the wet nose that invades our personal space. In theory, […]

Pack life.

Contrary to certain theories, I’m a big believer in allowing dogs to be just that – dogs. Whilst rehabilitating Nero it was imperative that I had access to other calm, socialised dogs in order to help him understand that other canines needn’t be perceived as a threat. By encouraging him to use his nose and learn ‘doggy […]

Silence is golden.

I love the looks of awe I get when Nero responds to my hand signals. True, he is a very intelligent breed but any dog is capable of this challenge! Using hand signals helps your dog learn focus, comes in extremely useful and is a pretty impressive party trick! To begin teaching hand signals, your dog should already be […]

Underdog to Wonderdog.

When I told my family and friends that I was bringing a fifty kilo, (almost) six-year old, male German Shepherd with aggression issues home from the shelter, they thought I was barking mad. “What if he is too aggressive?” “What If you can’t train him?” “What if he attacks a dog or person?” These questions became all too […]