Talking Dogs Scentwork®

Pam Mackinnon

Founder & Director of Talking Dogs Scentwork®, dog trainer for 30 years, dedicated to improving human understanding of, and the welfare of, dogs. I love to write, to read, to photograph, to create.

indoor search with Ettie and mouse

24 indoor search themes to inspire you throughout the year

Sometimes it can be difficult to think up different scentwork searches. Especially when you are confined indoors. Or have run out of inspiration. So I’ve written a series of three blogs, one a week for the next three weeks, that will give you 12 months of ideas and 60 suggestions that you can mix and …

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like Ettie

Why I’m desperate for my vet to like my dog.

Today I booked an appointment with my vet practice to have Ettie spayed. They haven’t met her before* so once I’d made the appointment I immediately began to worry if they would like her. What if they didn’t like her? What if they thought she was a gobby, determined, feisty terrier (she can be all …

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don't panic dog chasing deer

How not to panic when your dog chases

I think at sometime everyone with a dog experiences the panic when our dog chases something. Especially for the first time. It’s not a nice feeling. The horror of the situation. The fear about what could happen. The loss of control. Once experienced, most responsible dog folks never want to go through it again. Don’t …

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jrt Ella on her 7th birthday

Why we must not write off our senior dogs. And how to keep them healthy and happy for longer.

Ella, my Jack Russell Terrier, turned 7 on the 2nd January. As she was a rescue I don’t know what her actual birthdate is, so I chose the 2nd Jan. A celebration at the start of the year.  Senior threshold For many, 7 years old is the threshold for seniority. Look at dog foods, age …

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