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How Do Dogs Communicate?

Experts believe that the connection between man and dog has been around for over 10,000 years, dating back to South China, who may have had the first domesticated dogs. And as we evolved over that span, so has our connection with our canine friends. And most importantly, how they communicate with us* and each other.

How Do Dogs Communicate?

Dog Communication Signals

Beyond the obvious tail wagging or low barking from our pets, they communicate in a variety of ways to let us know how they are feeling. Between each other, a dog will use various techniques to learn about another dog. This may include sniffing the face or the bottom of another dog to learn their scent, how the ears are positioned, and even body language. A pensive dog will tend to keep the ears back, body tight and rigid, and may even growl if it feels unease.

Through domestication, humans and dogs have learned to communicate visually. Auditory and sensory training allows us to train and signal our dogs to understand our behaviours. Gestures with our hands, and using our eyes to direct a dog’s attention. Much like a toddler, our dogs learn and adapt by watching for signals.

Dog Communication Sounds

Barking is the most obvious way we watch dogs communicate with each other. They share their feelings about the world around them, through different levels of barking and howling, and each is very different. A dog that feels threatened may bark in a lower and slower pitch, whereas a dog that has a rising bark may just be looking to play and have some fun. And if a dog is howling, that may mean it’s lonely, or hearing something we as humans do not. Another dog, maybe, or a train somewhere in the distance.

Between dogs and humans, similar methods are used to indicate their needs. One or two high pitched barks may signal that the dog is happy to see you, or is greeting someone friendly into your home. Or maybe you’ve heard your dog yelp because you accidentally stepped on its paw. That’s the way they “talk” to you.

Dog Body Language

Dogs don’t hide how they feel. You can almost always tell how they feel about another dog by looking at their body language*. Hair raised on the back might signal fear or possible aggression. Or maybe they nudge the muzzle of the other dog, showing respect and acceptance for the more dominant canine.

Between humans and dogs, we notice the signs a little differently. A dog will nuzzle up to its owner as a sign of affection. A paw on the knee might signal that they want to play. Or even during times of grief, our canine companions will often be near us, offering affection because they don’t like to see us upset. They may even stare, or push their butt against you as a sign that they want your love and attention.

Thousands of years living together have brought humans and dogs closer together. We learn from their gestures and behaviours. We train and discipline through pointing and vocal cues. And yet we still marvel and wonder at what our favourite companions might be thinking. But all of this time together has taught us that if we just watch closely, and learn about our pets, we may be able to understand them just a little bit better.

How do dogs communicate?

5 Fabulous Festive Treats For Your Dog

Looking for gift inspiration for your dog this Christmas? I’ve put together some fabulous festive treats for dogs that they’re going to love.

5 Fabulous Festive Treats For Your Dog

2 Pack Christmas Dog Collars Breakaway Collar Set for Dogs Red & Green 35-50 cm

Cute Novelty Christmas collars for your dog(s) to wear over Christmas!
Adjustable from 14″ to 20″(35-50cm), 3/4″ (32cm) width, suitable for medium to large breeds.

Made of high-quality polyester, durable and comfortable for your pets.
A breakaway design, easy to put on and take off.

Found on Amazon UK*

HOMIMP 2 Pack Christmas Dog Collars Breakaway Collar Set for Dogs Red & Green 35-50 cmHOMIMP 2 Pack Christmas Dog Collars Breakaway Collar Set for Dogs Red & Green 35-50 cmHOMIMP 2 Pack Christmas Dog Collars Breakaway Collar Set for Dogs Red & Green 35-50 cm

 

Lily’s Kitchen Christmas Spectacular Three Bird Feast with all the trimmings

A delicious Christmas dinner for your dog. Made with freshly prepared turkey, duck and goose along with parsnips and cranberries. Pack of six tins.

Found on Amazon Uk*

Lily's Kitchen Christmas Spectacular Dog Wet Food Three Bird Feast with all the trimmings (6 x 400 g)Lily’s Kitchen Christmas Spectacular Dog Wet Food Three Bird Feast with all the trimmings (6 x 400 g)Lily's Kitchen Christmas Spectacular Dog Wet Food Three Bird Feast with all the trimmings (6 x 400 g)

 

Christmas Orthopedic Dog Mattress – Snow Red

Treat your dog to this Christmas design orthopedic dog mattress that evenly distributes pet’s weight to alleviate pressure on the joints.  The convoluted foam offers shock absorption that is beneficial for older dogs.

Comes with a removable cover that is easy to wash.

Found on Amazon UK*

Bedsure Christmas Orthopedic Dog Mattress Snow Red (L, 91.5cm x 68.6cm x 7.6cm) for Small, Medium, Large Pets Up To 34 KG - Foam Dog Bed Cushion Pillow/Mattress with Removable Washable CoverBedsure Christmas Orthopedic Dog Mattress Snow Red (L, 91.5cm x 68.6cm x 7.6cm) for Small, Medium, Large Pets Up To 34 KG – Foam Dog Bed Cushion Pillow/Mattress with Removable Washable CoverBedsure Christmas Orthopedic Dog Mattress Snow Red (L, 91.5cm x 68.6cm x 7.6cm) for Small, Medium, Large Pets Up To 34 KG - Foam Dog Bed Cushion Pillow/Mattress with Removable Washable Cover

 

Sod The Presents Where’s The Turkey Dog Bandana

A fun bandana for your dog to wear on Christmas day. Lined with lovely soft fleece material and has press stud fastenings that allow it to be made bigger or smaller.

Made in the UK

Found on Amazon UK*

Spoilt Rotten Pets (S4 Sod The Presents. Where's The Turkey Christmas Dog Bandana For Husky, Malamute, Long Haired German Shepherd Sized DogsSpoilt Rotten Pets (S4 Sod The Presents. Where’s The Turkey Christmas Dog Bandana For Husky, Malamute, Long Haired German Shepherd Sized DogsSpoilt Rotten Pets (S4 Sod The Presents. Where's The Turkey Christmas Dog Bandana For Husky, Malamute, Long Haired German Shepherd Sized Dogs*

 

Dog Christmas Gift Set – Lunch, Treats, Bow Tie, Pawsecco and Toy

Wow, this dog Christmas gift set is truly for the pampered pooch! Contains Lunch, a Snazzy Tweed Bow Tie, Christmas Decoration Treat, Pawsecco, Christmas Dinner Treats & Green Tweed Toy with Squeaker.

Comes in a gift box beautifully branded with a doggy design, with a black tissue paper lining sheet and ships in a separate outer carton to prevent damage so your gift is ready to wrap up.

Found on Amazon UK*

Dog Christmas Gift Set  - Lunch, Treats, Bow Tie, Pawsecco and ToyDog Christmas Gift Set – Lunch, Treats, Bow Tie, Pawsecco and ToyDog Christmas Gift Set  - Lunch, Treats, Bow Tie, Pawsecco and Toy

 


5 Fabulous Festive Treats For Your Dog

How To Keep Your Dog Clean when He Hates A Bath

Our dog hates having a bath, it used to be a struggle trying to get him in and out of the bath without being snapped at or him running away.

How To Keep Your Dog Clean when He Hates A Bath

When he got really dirty, like rolling in fox poo, we had to resort to having him tied to the washing line so that he wouldn’t run off and we washed him using a watering can.

This method was only ever any good in the Summer while it was nice and warm outside. We had to look for an alternative and that’s when we came across waterless shampoo which is a great substitute to keep your pet smelling sweet without the stress.

There are a few different types of waterless shampoo and I’m going to take you through a few of them here.

Dry Foam Shampoo For Dogs

I’ve been using this Dry Foam Shampoo For Dogs* made by Johnsons. It’s really easy to apply by simply squirting into your hand and applying to your dog’s coat then brush through.

It takes away the grease in your dog’s coat and leaves them smelling pleasantly fresh.

Dog Shampoo Powder

A dog shampoo powder* is simple to use, just like the foam it’s applied to the coat and then you brush through, however, it can be messy and may not be suitable for dogs with dense coats.

Dry Dog Shampoo Spray

With a dog shampoo spray*, you just spray on your dog, towel dry and then comb through.

I can’t use a spray because my dog is terrified of the sound of them, that’s why I much prefer the mousse because I can spray it into my hand out of his earshot and then walk over to him without it dripping everywhere.

Which shampoo do you use to wash your dog with?

Dry Dog Shampoo Spray For Smelly Dogs - Wipe Clean Stain Remover - Cruelty Free Waterless Grooming Products Organic Odour Deodoriser Neutraliser - Best Fox Poo Cleaning Animal Wash (500ML)Dry Dog Shampoo Spray For Smelly Dogs – Wipe Clean Stain Remover – Cruelty Free Waterless Grooming Products Organic Odour Deodoriser Neutraliser – Best Fox Poo Cleaning Animal Wash (500ML)Dry Dog Shampoo Spray For Smelly Dogs - Wipe Clean Stain Remover - Cruelty Free Waterless Grooming Products Organic Odour Deodoriser Neutraliser - Best Fox Poo Cleaning Animal Wash (500ML)Wahl Smartgroom Shampoo No Rinse for Pets, 240 ml x2Wahl Smartgroom Shampoo No Rinse for Pets, 240 ml x2Wahl Smartgroom Shampoo No Rinse for Pets, 240 ml x2Pro Pooch Dry Shampoo For Dogs (200 ml) Quick Drying Waterless No Rinse Mousse.Pro Pooch Dry Shampoo For Dogs (200 ml) Quick Drying Waterless No Rinse Mousse.Pro Pooch Dry Shampoo For Dogs (200 ml) Quick Drying Waterless No Rinse Mousse.Dirty Dawg Pup No-Rinse Shampoo Dog Spray 250mlDirty Dawg Pup No-Rinse Shampoo Dog Spray 250mlDirty Dawg Pup No-Rinse Shampoo Dog Spray 250mlVet's Best Waterless Dog Bath |No Rinse Dry Shampoo for Dogs| Natural Formula Refreshes Coat and Controls Odour Between Baths, 147 mlVet’s Best Waterless Dog Bath |No Rinse Dry Shampoo for Dogs| Natural Formula Refreshes Coat and Controls Odour Between Baths, 147 mlVet's Best Waterless Dog Bath |No Rinse Dry Shampoo for Dogs| Natural Formula Refreshes Coat and Controls Odour Between Baths, 147 ml

 


How To Keep Your Dog Clean when He Hates A Bath

Do dogs have to be kept on a lead?

You must be in control of your dog in public. Dogs don’t have to be on a lead all the time but do have to be on a lead in designated pedestrian zones and on land where livestock is present.

It’s important to check the bye-laws on your local council website to see the areas where dogs must be kept on a lead. Follow my tips below to make walkies a pleasant experience for everyone.

Do dogs have to be kept on a lead?

Respect Other Owners

I think it is important to respect other owners and put your dog on the lead if you see another dog and owner approaching. If you don’t know them personally you don’t know how their pet is going to react if your dog approaches.

It will be your fault if anything happens because your dog won’t be under control with being off the lead. It’s surprising how many people don’t do this and say “Oh he’s friendly” while thier dog is freaking your dog out.

I have a dog that is fearful of some but not all dogs larger than him. I always keep him on a lead when our park is busy. He’s sensitive to loud noises such as cars, skateboards, scooters and bikes going past him. So I only ever let him off when nobody is around and it’s quiet.

I’m surprised at the number of people who let their dogs run free and allow them to approach other dogs without checking with other owners if their dog is okay. Some dogs are nervous and need space.

I was walking my dog on the lead in our local park when a great big dog came bounding over, my dog was scared and showed his teeth as a warning and this guy’s dog started to attack him.

I tried to pull his dog away but it was so big I had a real struggle, I had to stand between both dogs. When the owner finally got to us he said he was trying to train the dog and that the dog only wanted to play. He had no control over it and it definitely wasn’t playing!

If the guy had put his dog on the lead in time, everything would have been fine. All it has done is to make my dog more fearful of larger dogs.

Things You Can Do For Fearful Dogs

If your dog is anxious and needs space, there are special leads and harnesses that you can buy. For instance, the products below serve as a warning to other owners to give your dog space.

Dexil NERVOUS (Give Me Space/Maybe Unpredictable) Yellow Warning Dog Colour Coded Padded Personalised 1.2m 4ft Lead Leash To Prevent Accidents or Incidents. Dog Award WinningDexil NERVOUS (Give Me Space/Maybe Unpredictable) Yellow Warning Dog Colour Coded Padded Personalised 1.2m 4ft Lead Leash To Prevent Accidents or Incidents. Dog Award WinningDexil NERVOUS (Give Me Space/Maybe Unpredictable) Yellow Warning Dog Colour Coded Padded Personalised 1.2m 4ft Lead Leash To Prevent Accidents or Incidents. Dog Award WinningNERVOUS (Give Me Space) Yellow Colour Coded Non-Pull Front and Back D Ring Padded and Waterproof Vest Dog Harness PREVENTS Accidents By Warning Others Of Your Dog In Advance (S)NERVOUS (Give Me Space) Yellow Colour Coded Non-Pull Front and Back D Ring Padded and Waterproof Vest Dog Harness PREVENTS Accidents By Warning Others Of Your Dog In Advance (S)NERVOUS (Give Me Space) Yellow Colour Coded Non-Pull Front and Back D Ring Padded and Waterproof Vest Dog Harness PREVENTS Accidents By Warning Others Of Your Dog In Advance (S)

 

In conclusion, keeping your dog on a lead is a must in any public place unless your dog is well trained and comes back when called. As mentioned above there are certain circumstances where you have to keep your dog on a lead. Always err on the side of caution when there are other dogs about, check with other owners first to see if their dogs are okay and will be okay to play with yours off the lead.


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Is Blue-Green Algae Dangerous to Dogs?

I was shocked to read recently that blue-green algae organisms, which are dangerous to dogs and humans have been found in a lake where I regularly walk my dog. Luckily he hasn’t entered the water lately.

Image of blue-green algae

What are blue-green algae?

They are a group of organisms called cyanobacteria and have been named blue-green algae because they have the appearance of algae.

These organisms can’t be seen in the water with the naked eye unless they clump together and can sometimes resemble pea soup.

A Guide to Cyanobacteria: Identification and ImpactA Guide to Cyanobacteria: Identification and ImpactA Guide to Cyanobacteria: Identification and Impact

 

Where do you find blue-green algae?

Blue-green algae are often found in freshwater lakes and ponds where there is still water.

How do I know if blue-green algae are present?

As it can’t always be seen by the naked eye it’s better to be safe than sorry and not let your dog swim in lakes and ponds.

It depends on the concentration of organisms how dangerous they are and this can vary at different times of the year with a high concentration when the weather has been warm mainly in the Summertime.

There will often be warning signs if the organisms have been detected.

How dangerous are blue-green algae?

Blue-green algae are toxic to not only pets but wildlife, fish and even humans.

In humans, blue-green algae can cause skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, fever and headaches. Children are more at risk and in serious cases live and brain damage can occur.

In dogs, blue-green algae can cause severe illness and death. The toxins stop a dog’s liver from functioning properly.

If your dog has been near a pond or lake and has paddled in the water or drank any of it and starts showing these symptoms, go to your vet immediately.

  • Diarrhoea and or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Is weak, collapses or falls unconscious
  • Seems confused and disorientated
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty breathing

There is no cure for these toxins, the quicker you get your dog to the vet the better. He will make your dog vomit to get rid of the toxins before they take hold.

It’s better to be safe and keep your pets and kids out of water.


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The Best Gadgets For Your Dog

There are lots of useful and not so useful gadgets around for your dog. I’ve put together a list of the best gadgets for your dog that also have the best customer reviews.

The best gadgets for your dog.

Zircon Dog Paw Cleaner

Zircon Dog Paw Cleaner For Gently Cleaning Muddy Paws - Portable Foot Washer Plunger Cup - MediumZircon Dog Paw Cleaner For Gently Cleaning Muddy Paws – Portable Foot Washer Plunger Cup – Medium

If you’re fed up with muddy paws all over the carpet, this is for you. It’s a real chore having to wipe the dog’s paws after they’ve been out in the wet. Often when wiping with just a towel there is still mud remaining.

With the Ziron Dog Paw Cleaner, you can go from dirty to clean in just 2 minutes. Just fill it with water to the middle, dip-twist-wipe and you’re done. It can be used with hot water and soap too.

Furbo Dog Camera

Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, Full HD Wifi Pet Camera with 2-Way-Audio, Treat Tossing and Barking Alert, Designed for Dogs, Compatible with Alexa (as seen on Ellen)Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, Full HD Wifi Pet Camera with 2-Way-Audio, Treat Tossing and Barking Alert, Designed for Dogs, Compatible with Alexa (as seen on Ellen)

I’ve mentioned the Furbo Dog Camera in another post. Not only can you see your dog, but you can also talk to them. Be alerted when they are barking, then calm them down by talking to them. This clever gadget will toss treats too.

It’s ideal for anyone who has to go out to work and wants to keep an eye on their dog.

PitPat 2 – Dog Activity Monitor

PitPat 2 - Dog Activity MonitorPitPat 2 – Dog Activity Monitor

The UK made, PitPat 2 allows you to monitor your dog’s activities. The device easily attaches to your dog’s collar.

Download the free app and create a special doggy profile and receive advice and exercise goals tailored to your dog.

Track your dog’s walking, running and playing times as well as calories used and distance covered.

Dog Treadmill

GoPet PR700 Dog Tread Mill - Toy Breeds - WhiteGoPet PR700 Dog Tread Mill – Toy Breeds – White

They aren’t cheap but treadmills made especially for dogs are available. Not as good as outside walks in the fresh air, but handy when you can’t get your dog outside as often as you’d like and you want them to have more exercise.

All For Paws Chill Out Ice Bandana

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Keep your dog cool as well as looking cool with a Paws Chill Out Ice Bandana. Place the bandana in a bowl of water in the fridge before use.

The bandana has a special material that allows it to stay cooler for longer.

Petnet SmartFeeder (2nd generation)

Petnet SmartFeeder® (2nd generation) - Automatic Wi-Fi Pet Feeder with Personalized Portions for Cats and Dogs - App for Android, iOS and Compatible with AlexaPetnet SmartFeeder® (2nd generation) – Automatic Wi-Fi Pet Feeder with Personalized Portions for Cats and Dogs – App for Android, iOS and Compatible with Alexa

Feed your dog from anywhere using your smartphone. This is great if you don’t want your dog to eat all their food at once and have nothing left for the rest of the day.

You can ensure that your dog gets fed at the times you want them to eat. The Petnet also personalises meal portions so that your dog is getting the right amount of food.

Hompet Dog Toilet Indoor Puppy Training Pad

Hompet Dog Toilet Indoor Puppy Training Pad, Dog Potty Pet Training Grass Mat, Removable Waste Tray For Easier Clean Up, Non-toxic Artificial Turf, 63cm x 51cmHompet Dog Toilet Indoor Puppy Training Pad, Dog Potty Pet Training Grass Mat, Removable Waste Tray For Easier Clean Up, Non-toxic Artificial Turf, 63cm x 51cm

Not only great for training your puppy, but this dog toilet can also be used in times when you are late coming home to let the dog out, or unable to let your pet outside due to illness or bad weather. If you live in a flat and can’t always take your dog outside, pop one of these on the balcony.

It’s also easy to clean and doesn’t smell!


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