My next guest blog comes from Emma Suiter who is a third year vetinary student at the Royal Veterinary College in London discussing the future of pedigree dogs in the veterinary industry as a vet nurse, dog handler and overall dog lover. She has recently been appointed to be a Health Representative for her breed, the Kooikerhondje (yes, I did spell that right) and not to mention the youngest health rep The Kennel Club has ever had – quite an achievement!
As a result I was keen to know her thoughts on the overall health of pedigree dogs as a whole and the tasks we face in future.
Enough of me though, find out what she has to say here.
You can also follow Emma on twitter – @emyveterinary
I have a new guest blog up! This time it’s from Alice Crick at The Dog Blog giving advice on helping dogs that are fearful, shy or anxious.
You can view it here.
I thoroughly enjoyed the article. It reminded me of a rescue Retriever ‘Ben’ whom I had the pleasure of living with in the final 3 years of his life. Ben belonged to my partner, Jennifer. Unfortunately for Ben who was rescued and shipped from Ireland, he was thought to have lived in a metal crate for most of his life. When it came to the outside elements that he wasn’t used to he was absolutely terrified. Things from pots and pans, going through doorways, sticks – even flashing lights! His joints were work down from sitting on concrete for most of his life.
What Jenny and her family did when they first adopted him was to try to gradually introduce him to those things he was scared of to try and combat them. For example with wooden sticks, they had a pool cue and placed it around the living room so the dog would see and pass it everyday. Gradually as there were more pool cues around the house he got used to them and after about 4 months he had lost his nervousness, just as well as the amount of pool cues became a trip hazard!
As you can imagine, after that he was not only combating his fear of sticks but his trust grew within the family and his confidence grew. Reading and understanding your dogs behaviour in this process is key, not fully understanding the basic signs of dog behaviour could potentially make the problems worse so you have to be careful if you decide to apply this method. Alice’s guest blog describes how to identify the signs of stress and fear but explains how to control them and eventually eradicating them.
I noticed a while back that a fellow Young Kennel Club (YKC) Member Lisa Moir was applying for the HSBC Bank Student Bursary Competition to study Journalism in Edinburgh. HSBC asks, “How would £10,000 help you achieve your potential?”. Her goal was what really sparked my interest, it was to tackle the ever increasing negative press and issues surrounding ‘Dangerous Dogs’.
As some of my readers may already know I have written a number of articles on my experiences with Dog Law and I’d like to say that I have a fair bit of knowledge in the area, no doubt I have opinions about it but I try and behave and keep from voicing them!
Speaking to her the other day we both agreed that there is just not enough knowledge out there on dog legislations, especially in the dog industry where people work and interact with them on a daily basis. She hopes to write more about it in future with the potential to blog and get involved in social media. I’m a huge supporter of young bloggers out there that want to engage in these issues so I offered her to write a guest blog in my ‘Guest Blogs’ section.
Check out her guest blog HERE along with her campaign video and don’t forget to vote!