Brain games for dogs; 5 fun ways to beat boredom

We love brain games for dogs at Practical Paw, so we thought we’d share our favourites. Not only do brain games keep your dog’s mind active, but they also tire them out much more effectively than physical exercise. What’s more, brain games are suitable for all ages of dog. Whether you’ve just taken on a … Read more


Scotch Collie – Lassie and the lost dogs

Talk about Scotch Collies, and most people think of Lassie.  Although Lassie, now known as a Rough collie shares her roots with Scotch Collies, they are very different dogs. In fact, there is a growing movement to get the Scotch Collie recognised as a distinct breed. The original Scotch Collies were landrace which means that … Read more


YorkiePoo – feisty and fun

Are you looking for a pint-sized pooch with plenty of personality? Despite its diminutive stature, the Yorkiepoo is big in character. As a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a miniature Poodle, the Yorkiepoo is both confident and playful. While small dogs are generally easier to manage than their bigger counterparts, choosing the right breed … Read more


Stop puppy biting – nipping it in the bud

Teaching a puppy not to bite is one of the more challenging aspects of getting a dog. Biting and mouthing is a natural behaviour for dogs. While it may seem funny when your dog is young, it’s vital to stop puppy biting. It’s not something that should be encouraged into adulthood. Although their needle-sharp teeth … Read more


Siberian Husky – Are you up to the challenge?

With their wolf-like looks, engaging personalities and almost human-like vocalisations the Siberian Husky has grown in popularity as a family pet. But this stunning dog needs a dedicated and energetic partner. The Siberian Husky can be challenging for a first-time owner due to their high exercise requirements and independent nature. So, what do you need … Read more


Teacup puppies – all breakages must be paid for

We’ve all seen them, those pint-size puppies that fit in the palm of your hand. They’re hard to resist, and many people succumb to their cuteness.  But as the demand for teacup puppies continues to rise it’s time to stop and think. Not about how sweet they look but rather about the consequences of our … Read more


Best dogs for first time owners – perfect pets for novices

If you’re a novice dog owner, it’s essential that you choose a dog that will fit in with your lifestyle. The best dogs for first time owners tend to be more adaptable and easy-going than some other breeds. Of course, if you’ve set your heart on a specific dog, there’s no reason why you can’t … Read more

Miniature Bulldog

Miniature bulldog – small dog, big personality

With its distinctive looks, winning personality and reputation for being both kind and loving, the Bulldog is a popular choice for families. But, what do you do if your heart is set on a Bulldog but you don’t have room for this big, sturdy chunk of a dog? Enter the miniature bulldog, a smaller version … Read more


Types of spaniel – the spaniel manual

Spaniels are a popular choice when it comes to a family dog. As these dogs come in all shapes and sizes and are intelligent, good-natured and affectionate, it’s not surprising. With over twenty types of Spaniel to choose from though, how do you pick the right Spaniel for you and your family? Well, we’ve got … Read more


Boxer dog breed – fun and fabulous

The Boxer dog breed will fill your life with fun, laughter and play. Maturing at around three years old the Boxer is the Peter Pan of the dog world. If you want a cheerful, loyal and energetic partner, then the Boxer dog could be the perfect hound for you. Coming from working stock, the Boxer … Read more