Boxing Day at the Beach

Bloated and sluggish from Christmas Day overload, Betty and I decided to walk from Bideford Quay to Instow along the Tarka Trail on Boxing Day. The trail is popular with walkers and cyclists and covers a total of 180 miles in a figure-of-eight route, centred on Barnstaple. My mum’s house...

10 things to do before getting a puppy

Book time off work. Or change jobs – If you need to keep working, you’ve probably already asked for flexible arrangements. Try to spend the first 2-3 weeks at home to get your pup toilet trained, socialised and used to you nipping out. Cancel your social life – You will...

Hunstanton Beach and Sandringham Grounds

Sandringham Grounds – free and dog friendly. Can’t go in house and gardens, apart from assistance dogs. Hunstanton – old beach is dog friendly all year round. New beach has dog ban between April – October. Warning on feeding fatty food to dogs – fat stays on their internal organs (vet...

Date night with a dog

I recently went back to internet dating. In a flurry of winks and messages, I got to the stage where I was agreeing to meet one of the men who lived locally and therefore wouldn’t require much effort to get to. We decided on the Pint Shop in Cambridge, where...

Nightmare at Grafham Water

When I was a teenager, I went to Grafham Water for a weekend to improve my jazz flute playing. We stayed in dormitories and attended various workshops according to our performance level and the type of instrument we played. It was at this weekend when, at the tender age of...
Socialisation Check List
 

Socialisation Check List

Socialisation is the process of introducing a puppy, or indeed any animal, whatever their age, to the world in a way that helps them to be confident with people, places and things that they will encounter in life. The best time to socialise a puppy is within the first 12...
Ultimate Puppy Starter Kit
 

Ultimate Puppy Starter Kit

When I was doing my research before bringing Betty home for the first time, I was lucky enough to know an experienced dog trainer. Melissa had cared for my cats in the past, but the focus of her All4Pets business now is to provide dog training. She will still happily...
10 things to do before getting a puppy
 

10 things to do before getting a puppy

Book time off work. Or change jobs – If you need to keep working, you’ve probably already asked for flexible arrangements. Try to spend the first 2-3 weeks at home to get your pup toilet trained, socialised and used to you nipping out. Cancel your social life – You will...
10 things to know before getting a puppy
 

10 things to know before getting a puppy

Okay, so you want a puppy. Yes, you have to consider all the sensible stuff, but it’s also worth bearing in mind that: They need the toilet all the time – You’re up and down like a yo-yo because they can’t open doors or congratulate themselves for going outside and not...
How do I Toilet Train my Dog?
 

How do I Toilet Train my Dog?

How do I stop my puppy from toileting indoors? It’s a frustrating and all-too-common problem. You’ve just taken your puppy out into the garden, he’s done his business and it seems like everything has gone well. Then, just after you, bring him back in, you find a damp patch on...
Introduction To Pupsnet
 

Introduction To Pupsnet

My name is Emma and I’m not as young as I look. I failed to meet Mr. Good Enough and make babies, so I came to the conclusion that a dog would be a good substitute. One rainy day in November, I drove from Cambridge to Bristol to pick up...
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