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Focus Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services



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 doubts = keep your dog out. x

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.

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 :)

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.

Positive comments from people in the park

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)
I was really proud and pleased today when I was walking one of my special needs dog's today.  A local man who we pass whilst out walking every now and again, stopped to comment on the dog in question and was full of praise for the changes in the dog.  He said how much the dog had improved since I started walking him and how noticeable the changes in the dog's behaviour are.
This was very welcome praise indeed and I was over the moon that all these little changes are coming together.  The obvious bonus is a much happier dog. 
It is also very nice when other people in the park understand a dog wearing a muzzle might have special needs and just need a little more space and understanding than the average dog.

Puppy Days

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)
We are enjoying the care of a young puppy called Muffin.  He is quite the little character and full of fun and energy.
It is lovely watching this puppy develop and grow week on week.  It is so fulfilling helping with his training and socialising experiences.  

It's been a while....

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 5:11 PM Comments comments (0)
Well, it's all been very busy here and I'm afraid the blog spot suffered somewhat. A promise to rectify that.
One of our most sensitive dog walking clients is make amazing progress.  This young fella requires very special handling and wears a muzzle.  He is a very lovely young dog, he is just very, very frightened.  I am so impressed by his owners' commitment and dedication to this fella.  They rescued him and have no idea as to what this poor dog has endured. I shudder to think.
This young dog is very, very slowly learning that everything is out there to hurt him.  It's is very rewarding working with this dog and his owners.

Two special dogs

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM Comments comments (0)
Said hello to two special four legged furries today :) Am so excited to be choosen to be with these two dogs. Challenging but infinately rewarding and pleasurable. Good times to come.