Petcake.

Been sniffing for a yummy cookie to motivate your dog during training? Perhaps you’re searching for a canine compatible birthday cake? Maybe your dog deserves something special to sink their teeth into? Whatever reason you’re seeking  tasty treats for a hungry hound, you needn’t look further than Petcake! Situated in Haarlem, this divine little bakery creates fresh, healthy and…

Build the bond.

One evening, a dog trainer and an animal physiotherapist met for dinner and discussions. What happened next? Well, we put our heads together, threw some ideas around, scooped them all up, mashed them together and made some magic! ‘Build the bond’ is an interactive workshop for dogs and owners created by Nero Dog Training and De Ruijter…

A day with Dutch Cell Dogs.

Both humans and dogs can find themselves losing their freedom and living behind bars. The trust in others trickles away and the desire to form friendships of any nature quickly dissolves when placed in such an environment… Dutch Cell Dogs is a successful foundation that was set up in 2007 by Marlies de Bats and Betty Buijtels – two awesome…

The Shepherdess.

Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, beneath this mask there is an idea and ideas are bulletproof… Let’s be honest, I’m not your typical trainer and I tend to do things a little differently – including my dog blog. This post has next to nothing to do with dog training (although you could count the…

The dog divide.

One thing I discovered very quickly in the world of dog training is that it’s extremely split.  There are hundreds of ways you can train a dog and a thousand and one techniques that can be challenged or endorsed. Whatever method you chose to practice, you can be sure you will have some negative-Nancy (there’s probably one right now furiously typing…

Pam the van.

The story of an inspirational girl, her adopted dog, their revamped van and the open road… You may have previously seen this motivated young woman’s story circulating on social media. Marina’s adventures certainly captured my attention which is why I was absolutely ecstatic when she confirmed she was driving to Amsterdam and happily agreed to meet another canine…

Puppy love.

A street of woofs and wags… This Valentines day there’s lots to bark about! We’ve teamed up with the best street in Haarlem, the Gierstraat, to be part of their Valentines shenanigan ‘the street of love’. The Gierstraat is full of our favourite, dog-friendly, independent stores and they’ve all come together to create something truly unique! You can check…

Winter woofers.

You can see your breath the moment you step outside, exposed skin goes numb and the world is lightly frosted with natures icing.  Yep, Winter waited for a little while to show itself but it certainly has arrived. It’s a given that dogs feel the ‘brrr’ of the cold too but did you know that as…

Santa Paws.

There’s a different kind of Shepherd in our Christmas story. With December 24th just around the corner, of course we had to team up with Mary Off Duty to capture that festive feeling on camera! With a dog in your life, Christmas is guaranteed to be that much better. Our canine companions truly understand the spirit of…

Dog owner challenge.

It’s not black and white when there is grey in-between. Many of us share our homes and  lives with one or more canine companions. As dog owners, we probably class ourselves as ‘dog lovers’ who will happily make acquaintance with a new furry face and welcome the wet nose that invades our personal space. In theory,…

Pack life.

Contrary to certain theories, I’m a big believer in allowing dogs to be just that – dogs. Whilst rehabilitating Nero it was imperative that I had access to other calm, socialised dogs in order to help him understand that other canines needn’t be perceived as a threat. By encouraging him to use his nose and learn ‘doggy…

Fairy tale of a rescued tail.

“Little girls, this seems to say, Never stop upon your way, Never trust a stranger friend, No-one knows how it will end, As you’re pretty, so be wise , Wolves may lurk in every guise , Now as then, ’tis simple truth, Sweetest tongue has sharpest tooth.” Halloween is creeping up on the horizon and…