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Focus Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services



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Posted on September 7, 2020 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (23)

Hi folks, Just wanted to bring your attention to the photo below (I have my client's permission). The thing attached to this dog's ear is not a growth or tumour, it is in fact a big fat tick. Meet Ixodes Ricinus also known as the Sheep tick, Deer tick or Castor bean tick. These ticks, are parasites, living off the blood of their hosts. The tick "nymphs", sort of a tick teenager, go for smaller hosts such as rabbits or rodents, these smaller hosts can be carriers of disease/viruses. If a teena...

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do you have dog scared by firework sounds?

Posted on August 31, 2020 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you have a dog who is frightened by the sound of fireworks or do you have a new puppy unaccustomed to super loud bangs and whizzes? if so, the time to start helping them is NOW. Below is a link to the Dog Trust's free downloadable booklet and free downloadable soundtrack. It does suggest having speakers etc but just use what you have i.e laptop or phone. The idea is basically you are going to very slowly and sensitively desensitise/acclimatise your dog to these sounds so they don't react f...

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Why do cats lick themselves?

Posted on August 21, 2020 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (25)

Do you know why your cat licks itself?

There’s a few reasons why cats spend so much time grooming themselves:

1) At the base of the cat’s hairs are sebaceous glands, these glands secrete an oil. When the cat licks itself it stimulates the glands to produce this oil. The cat will then move this oil across itself coat with it’s tongue. The oil helps with waterproofing and keeps the coat in a good condition.

2) It helps get rid of dirt and debris in their c...

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Stolen/Lost dogs

Posted on August 15, 2020 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (14)

The number of stolen dogs is on the increase across the UK, it is thought this is due to the increase in the demand for puppies.

How to prevent it:

1) never leave your dog unattended in your garden, no matter how safe you think it is.

2) set your house alarm, if you have one, even if you're just popping out.

2) vary your walk and, if you can, vary the times of day you walk.

3) if a stranger shows interest in your dog, don't give them any details that could spark ...

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rabbit awareness week

Posted on August 15, 2020 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (206)

hi folks as it's Rabbit Awareness Week (running from 10th-23rd August 2020) I thought this link would be interesting:

A good resourcce for rabbit owners for all things from diet, illness etc can be found here:

 Rabbit Welfare and Research Fund:

keeping dogs safe around water (1) blue green algae

Posted on August 12, 2020 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (17)

hi folks, we are all making sure that our dogs are keeping cool in this heat wave. Please be careful and alert to which stretches of water you are allowing your dogs to swim/paddle in. Some areas in our region have blue/green algae blooms. This stuff is extremely toxic and even in small quantities can be fatal. If you're walking in areas with these blooms please put your dog on the lead. If you don't know what it looks like, it can appear as a green, greeney brown scum on the water. Any doubt...

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So impressed by my clients

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 4:11 PM Comments comments (0)
I was just reflecting on the care, love and time all my clients put into their dogs both young and old.
All my clients seem so responsible and dedicated to their pets.  For example, I have two puppy clients which sit and wait better than lots of much older dogs. Other clients have rescue dogs and show such a commitment to their rehabilitation where others would have given up, and others still that are really responsible socially with their dog (a gorgeous girl who signs "woohoo" when I arrive).  Others are spent 1000's on vet bills.  The list goes on. 
I wish all dogs experienced this level of care, attention and time.
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It's puppy time

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (3)
We have very much enjoyed the care of a gorgeous young labrador.  She is delightful, cute and very clever.  On our first visit she responed very quickly to clicker training and has learnt to wave when I wiggle my finger.  Adorable especially with her chunky puppy paws.  By the second visit, she has again very quickly demonstrated a perfect walk to heel.   Well done pup :)
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The girls are laying

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM Comments comments (0)
After a few days of dry cat food crumbled in with their feed the girls are laying again.  Not sure if it's a coincidence but next year I will be giving them cat food immediately following the moult.
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positive comments towards my clients' dog from other dog owners

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM Comments comments (0)
On two seperate occasions today, owners of two different dogs I was walking have received really positive comments from other dog walkers.
One dog owner was praised by a fellow dog owner for opting for her dog to wear a muzzle.  I explained that this particular dog is such a sweet dog but has an unpredictable nature with "bouncy" dogs.  Rather than risk an incident the owner very wisely uses a soft muzzle when her dog is likely to come into contact with others, such as in the park, woods etc. The person was saying how commendable and responsible it is and he wished everyone would do the same.
The second owner was praised due to the puppy's off lead recall, general training and socialisation.  The puppy is only around 23 weeks old and already surpasses lots of other dogs in terms of his recall.  I explained that the owner has put in a lot of work into the puppy and one of the other dog owners said "well, it certainly shows".
Very proud moments and it's lovely to be able to pass those comments on the owners.
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