Focus Dog Walking and Pet Sitting



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.

Laughing dogs

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM Comments comments (0)
A really enjoyable walk with our young pup client and my own dog.  The puppy really loves Sunshine and the feeling is mutual.
They were playing with each other in the woods today and it was lovely to watch them grinning at each other and I could actually hear them making noises that was really similar to laughing.
Lovely when dogs are a well socialised from a early age like this.

The cold weather is here - water watch

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM Comments comments (0)
When checking your outdoor animals please ensure that your animal has adequate protection from the cold and wind.
Remember that access to fresh water is vital for their health and welfare.  Even if you have insulated bottle protectors make sure that the drip nozzle isn't frozen.  I routinely check ours twice a day.

Broody chicken

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM Comments comments (0)
One of our chooks has gone broody for the first time.  We are removing eggs almost as soon as they are laid and moving her out of the coop.  She is less than keen about this!
If this continues our options are a) let her continue for 3 weeks or b) remove her from the coop entirely over night.  Option b) is a little drastic, and we don't want to stress her out when she is already hormonal .  However, if her general health suffers then we will need to take the second approach by the end of the week.

The sunshine is here

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM Comments comments (0)
The sun is shining for the first time in weeks, I have met lots of happy dog owners in the park today.  Even the dogs seemed relieved not to be getting soggy!
Just remember Focus Dog Walkers walk whatever the weather; sun, rain, hail and snow.  Your dog always receives a towel down and a tick check (and removal, if needed) after every walk.

Make yourself "Tick Aware"

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM Comments comments (0)
Make sure you know how to deal remove and dispose of ticks before your pet gets one.  The easiest way is to buy a tick removal product and take it to your local groomers or vets and ask them to show you how to use it. 
If you do know already, then still make sure you wear gloves while removing and disposing of them.
If you are squimish and don't feel up to rmoving the tick yourself then take your pet to the vets asap to have the tick removed.  Do NOT wait for the tick to drop off.  Ticks can harbour bacteria harmful to pets and humans so get them removed as soon as you see them.

Launching a Pet Friends Community Page on Facebook

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Focus Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services has created a page called Bradford Pet Friends Community. It's a page created to promote the health and welfare of peoples pets (dog's, cats, hamsters etc). I think my idea behind it is that people will share ideas, recipes, training tips, news about local health concerns. It will also be an opportunity for local people in the pet care industry to post information for the benefit of local people i.e special offers/promotions/discount codes/vouchers. I am hoping to get local vets involved so they can include information such as outbreaks of parvo or information on the latest vaccines etc. The page will only be as successful as we make it....
If you have a pet treat recipe, want some training advice, can offer a discount or promotional activity please post on Bradford Pet Friends Community in Facebook. All posts which are related to health and welfare of our pets are welcome. x