The online dog video magazine
December 2011 - videos in this issue
7:43 Discover Dogs 2011
In this video, secretary of the Kennel Club Caroline Kisko tells us all about the dog show 'Discover Dogs'. Sponsored by Royal Canin and run by the Kennel Club, Discover Dogs welcomed around 26,000 visitors and 3,000 dogs over the two days of the show. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet, greet and discover over 200 different breeds of purebred dog, and learn all about the distinctive personalities, traits and looks of each breed and how to buy the perfect canine partner. Caroline gave us a breakdown of some of the activities happening across the two days and explained how you can get involved
7:08 Christmas at the RSPCA
In this video, we find out about Christmas at dog rescue charity RSPCA Southridge and how the staff at the animal shelter pull together to enjoy the day. Dogs need looking after all year round and Christmas is no exception. Anna White, from the RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre, tells how they try to make things fun for the staff and volunteers at Christmas. The animals benefit, too, from the proceeds of the Christmas appeal which enables the centre to provide toys and tasty treats for the animals in their care. Anna talks of how the centre is particularly grateful for the invaluable help of trained volunteers, not just at Christmas but all year round.
15:55 Staying safe at Christmas
In this video, veterinary surgeon Anna Marshall talks about keeping our dogs at home safe at Christmas, including the dangers of chocolate which is poisonous to dogs. Christmas can be a difficult as well as a fun time for dogs. Anna specialises in small animals and works in the Roebuck Veterinary Surgery in Stevenage. She is all too aware of the risks Christmas can bring for dogs and cats. In this video, she tells us some of the dangers to look out for, what possible symptoms the dog may display, what treatments are available and how to keep dangers away from dogs in the first place. Apart from suffering from stress, your dog may be tempted to just plain overeat, or to consume many of the products that are safe for people to eat but poisonous to dogs such as: grapes and grape related foods, chocolate and caffeine. Dogs have also been known to consume a whole range of non-foods ranging from Christmas decorations to Anti-freeze!
14:16 Stress free Christmas
In this video, dog training expert Jez Rose tells us how to reduce stress for our dogs at home over the Christmas period. Jez gives us some really useful advice on how to minimise stress for your dog at Christmas. This includes not just things you can do at the time but suggestions for some training techniques to use in the run up to Christmas. He looks at a range of typical problem areas such as visitors, crackers, festive food, disruptions to the dog's routine, travelling with your dog or having to leave your dog in kennels. There are all sorts of useful suggestions here - did you know you could get dog friendly crackers?! He also tells us how we can help our dog to avoid becoming stressed when we return to work and have to leave them.
4:39 Teenage dogs
In this video, international dog training expert, Turid Rugaas, explains the differences in dog behaviour in 'teenage dogs' and explains how to cope! Dogs aged around 12 - 18 months often start to act strangely or lack concentration in training. Turid Rugaas explains the correlation between human teenagers aged 12 - 18 years and dogs aged 12 - 18 months. The hormone changes dogs go through at that stage often leave them with shorter time concentration spans for learning and training as well as leaving them more open to feeling stressed, vulnerable or fearful. Turid explains her training tips and ways to cope with this period in your dog's life, how patience is a virtue and why you shouldn't despair of your teenage hound! This is a great article for: Dogs that are 1year to 18months old Dogs that are hard to train Dogs that lack concentration
18:24 Retrieva Tracking Collar
In this video we find out about the Retrieva tracking collar and how many tracking and anti theft features this dog collar has to prevent run away and lost dogs. Andrew Stuart is a Director and co-founder of Retrieva, a company that specialises in GPS tracking collars for dogs. He explains how the product was developed, who might want to make use of it and describes some of the key features. The collar is lockable, made of anti-tamper material and with a built in tamper alert in case of theft. It is waterproof for those dogs who like to swim and has energy saving features. The collar enables you to locate your dog via your mobile phone.
4:00 Teaching tricks: Targeting
In this step by step dog training video, Sally Marchant shows how to teach a dog the touch trick. "Hand Targeting" or "Hand Touch" is a handy (excuse the pun) little piece of behaviour training that can be used as the basis for a lot of other training. Sally Marchant (BA), with Bailey, here demonstrates, step-by-step, how you might teach this.
10:34 Fun scentwork - How to train
In this video, Pam Mackinnon shows us how to teach our dogs nose work in our dog training as enrichment and great mental exercise for our dogs. Dog scentwork expert, Pam (BA, Dip, CABT, OCN), shows how to begin in scentwork even with a very young dog. She demonstrates, with 6 month old Cherry, two different but equally successful methods for teaching the first steps. One method starts out using a soft toy to play "fetch" and "tugger" and the other uses food to play the "find it" game'. She explains how these games are not only useful in themselves but also a lot of fun for dog and owner. She certainly demonstrates the fun element of training. Finally, she explains how different locations can make a difference when training scent work.