Dog Days of Summer II: Taking Your Dog on Holiday

So… The kids are off school, the sun is out (albeit intermittently!), and it’s time for the annual summer holiday… What fills you with most dread? Sorting out the children or the dog?! If you’re thinking about taking your dog on holiday with you this summer, here are the Upward Dog’s tips for a worry…

Dog with suitcase

Dog Days of Summer: Leaving Your Dog in Kennels

So… The kids are off school, the sun is out (albeit intermittently!), and it’s time for the annual summer holiday… What fills you with most dread? Sorting out the children or the dog?! If you’re leaving your dog in kennels this summer, here are the Upward Dog’s tips for a worry free break… Don’t leave…

Brown and white dog wearing a navy Freedom No-Pull Harness

These Paws are Made for Walking

“Never work with children or animals” We’ve all heard that old chestnut. Sometimes, when we’re being pulled along the pavement by our new puppy, we wish we’d believed it! Too many of us give up on our dogs, letting them chase along with gusto, paying little attention to their own safety or ours. It’s time…

Tilly eating from hand bw compressed

How Does Your Dog Smell?

Very well, actually…! The average dog has up to 220 million scent receptors within the part of the brain that controls the sense of smell, although in some breeds (especially hounds) there can be up to 300 million of these receptors. This makes a dog’s nose up to an incredible one million times more sensitive…

A cartoon dog in various different looks

Take That Look off Your Face

According to a recent Current Biology article (February 2015), researchers from the Messerli Research Institute at Vienna’s University of Veterinary Medicine found that dogs are able to read human facial expressions. Dogs were shown just the upper or lower half of the face, and following training to recognise both angry and happy faces, the dogs…

Dachshund Cross and Chihuahua lie together in friendship

The Slow Road to Friendship

Dog training and behavioural modification don’t happen overnight. Sometimes we all wish they did, but mostly there is nothing like the satisfaction of letting the dog choose their own path, watching them on their journey towards developing a friendship with another dog, for example. This isn’t a particularly cute or schmaltzy photo, but to us…