Stress & Anxiety

6 CommentsThursday, 12 July 2018  |  Kate
The guilt of owning a dog

Iíve just come off the beach. Itís 6.30am on a Thursday and Nikita and I have walked 2 miles along the sand and back, now weíre heading home and I just felt a massive stab of guilt. Not for the first time today and definitely not the last, that I am not giving my dog the life she wants, or deserves.

4 CommentsTuesday, 3 October 2017  |  Kate
7 tips to prepare your dog for a fear free firework season

For phobic dogs and cats terrified of fireworks, thunderstorms and loud noises preparation is everything. A little forward planning can go along way to reducing the anxiety and distress.

1 CommentFriday, 7 July 2017  |  Kate

Curiously, and perhaps eagerly, I am looking at a bull terrier named Sputnik, searching for a resemblance.

Heís a stocky three-year-old, mostly slate grey, with a white stripe on his head and a pink splotch on his elongated, bull-terrier nose. So far, our only similarity is weíre both waiting in a trailer thatís serving as his examination room at Tufts Universityís veterinary school in North Grafton, Massachusetts.

25 CommentsSunday, 1 November 2015  |  Kate
Dogs and Depression

I never realise just how tense my body is until I'm on the beach with my dog. I never realise just how loud my own voice is inside my head, until I am on the beach, with my dog. I don't notice how jumbled up and anxious I am, until I am on the beach with my dog.

Monday, 4 February 2013  |  Kate
Pessimistic dogs are more anxious when left alone according to a new study. No! Really?

A story on the BBC news website caught my eye this morning about dogs left alone at home saying that dogs who display behaviour like chewing the furniture when left alone are more 'glass half empty'personalities. I've read it all now.

4 CommentsTuesday, 27 November 2012  |  Kate
Anxiety in Dogs: Symptoms, Signs and Treatments

Loud noise anxiety is a problem that affects many dogs of varying ages especially at certain times of the year. Come November and itís the constant fireworks that may send your dog under the bomb shelter you think of as your bed.

Come Christmas and nervous dogs may become increasingly anxious around extended family members they donít know: Granddadís gin-fuelled dancing scares dogs too.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012  |  Kate
Bonfire night and stressful times for dogs

Bonfire Night can be a very stressful time for anxious dogs with the constant fireworks going off. Since dogs don't know what fireworks are, they probably assume the doggiepocalypse is nigh so weíve put together some tips to help your dog remain calm.