Dogs Vs Cats – Why Dogs Are Better

It’s safe to say that we here at CK9 training are dog lovers, and for years there has been one mammoth debate that tears friends apart. Dogs are better than cats. There, we said it, but let us explain why this is factually true…

Loyal

Treat a dog with respect and he or she will be loyal to you. Dogs are pack animals and because of this they see their owner as the alpha being, and it’s in a dogs instinct to protect them. It also helps that you as the owner feed them. Dogs love food.

Cats are loyal towards humans, but they demand much more attention to get the same level of commitment you find from a dog. Cats are also a lot more independent and happier to spend days alone at times. Whereas an older cat would rather just sit on your lap…

Dog 1 – Cat 0

Playful

Who has honestly played fetch with a cat? We believe that you can have more fun playing with a dog than you can a cat, unless you are interested in bashing a dangled ball around for a bit.

Helpful

With dogs being so loyal to their owners they are more likely to be helpful than cats, like getting its own lead for a walk, (if that’s considered helpful!) To see how helpful dogs can be check out this little Jack Russell called Jesse!

 

Workers

Dogs are assets to the workforce; whether it’s the police dogs saving the day or sniffing out drugs, or the golden Labrador helping blind people carry on living a normal life, thus giving dogs another reason as to why they are superior. Sorry cats, dogs win this category.

Despite the competition we love all animals equally and cats truly are lovable creatures, but until they bring your slippers like Gromit we will stick with our dogs!

If you have a hectic work life and need your dog training in Wimbledon, or need to use any of our other services, such as dog walking, contact us now on 07739 815265 to discuss all your pooch’s needs!


Doga (dog yoga): Craze or Just Plain Crazy?

Any dog lover will tell you that having a dog is more than just having a pet in the traditional sense. Hamsters and goldfish are undoubtedly nice but when it comes to top pet honours a canine companion has no real competition – sorry cat lovers but it is a fact. Here at CK9 Training we are always keen to advocate people getting themselves a loving companion, as they are a very rewarding way to spend your time.

As a premier provider of dog training in Epsom we get a lot of people keen to tell us about the ways in which they choose to spend time with their canines, and there are some pretty inventive ones. One that really sticks out though is the burgeoning Doga or dog yoga trend, which is the talk of any respectable dog forum and park bench.

The first question that I’m sure you’re asking about Doga is ‘What is it?’ Well, allow us to offer the most simple and inclusive answer that we can muster; it’s yoga, with your dog. If you want an answer that is a little more visual then press play on the video below and make your own mind up.

So why do it?

Though Harvard and Cambridge universities are yet to publish their in-depth studies into the exact benefits of Doga, the internet is awash with potential benefits such as the list below;

  • Gentle stretching – as with humans the gentle stretching of joints and muscles apparently helps to prevent and even sooth joint disorders.
  • Bond between owner and dog – the nature of dog yoga promotes a closer and more trusting relationship between dog and owner, making training and grooming far easier.
  • Lowering stress – a stressed dog is an unpredictable dog, and Doga can apparently lower stress for both dog and owner, which is never a bad thing.

So, craze or crazy?

So the answer to our initial question, is it a craze or is it just crazy? Well we think that we will stay on the fence with this one. The fact that the practice comes with potential benefits for both dog and owner is sure to ensure that this is more than a passing trend. As with yoga for people though, we think that it will forever be seen as something of a ‘kooky’ practice as opposed to crazy. The one thing that we and all our customers agree on is that time spent with your dog is time well spent whatever you do!

If you have any question regarding any of our services then don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.


Our 4 Favourite Unusual Cross Breeds

Once upon a time purebred dogs were the mainstay of the canine aficionado, lauded for their impeccable breeding and characteristic traits. However, times are changing and the crossbreeds, most notably the more unusual & exotic mixes, are becoming popular choices for pets. Even the prestigiously haughty Westminster Dog Show of the USA has opened a category for crossbred dogs.  After all, who can resist an underdog?

With interest in mixed breed dogs on the rise, we felt it was high time to show our appreciation. So, please read on and enjoy CK9’s rundown of our four favourite unusual crossbreeds. The reader’s discretion is advised; some of these dogs are unbearably cute. You have been warned.

Puggle

A portmanteau of pug and beagle, the wonderfully named puggles are extremely social dogs with an exceptionally playful temperament. They’re small, but energetic. As such, they’re very popular family dogs, getting on very well with children, old people and everyone they meet, including other dogs. They’re very affectionate and will develop close bonds with their owner, often following them around the house. Have you fallen in love with the Puggle yet? We have.

Labradoodle

As you probably guessed as labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador and poodle. The result can be varied as a labradoodle is a hybrid, rather than a breed, so it’s not always possible to predict what traits they’ll pass on. However, poodles and Labradors are generally considered to be two of the most intelligent breeds, so it’s safe to say that a labradoodle is going to be quite a clever dog and thus trainable. Also, much like their parents labradoodles are energetic, friendly and interestingly enough, they’re also quite good swimmers!

Beaglier

Another beagle cross, but this time the other parent is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Initially very popular in Australia, the irrepressible beagliers are now stealing hearts in the UK with their extremely affectionate personalities, diminutive stature and overall cuteness factor. Championed as the ultimate family dog, they are happy and easy to care for. Their colouration can differ widely due to the varied appearance of both parent dogs.

Tamaskan

The Tamaskan is the only working dog in our list. Originally from Finland these sled pulling dogs were bred from Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes, resulting in a dog with a very lupine appearance. However, don’t be fooled by their harsh exterior, Tamaskans are actually very sweet dogs and can make good pets. However, they do require a lot of looking after, and they’re only really suitable for homes with large gardens. Also, they’re pack animals, which means they do not like being left alone and it’s very important for the owner to establish themselves as the pack leader! If not, the Tamaskans will be running rings about you.

 

Whether your beloved pet is a purebred or mixed, CK9 Training are always happy to help, providing our customers with dog training in Sutton to help get their pooches in check! Do not hesitate to contact us directly or give CK9 a call on 07739 815 265, we’ll be able to help!


An Introduction to Dog Agility

Dog agility is a great way to provide exercise for an energetic and obedient dog – if you’ve established good recall and a reasonable stay and wait, then you may be ready to try this fantastically fun sport. For those who are completely new to dog agility, we offer this introduction.

The basics of dog agility are simple – the handler leads the dog around a course containing a variety of obstacles. Each course will have a map that shows the order in which the obstacles should be taken, but it’s up to the handler to choose their exact route around, and guide the dog with physical signals and voice commands. Scores are calculated based on the time taken to complete the course, but more importantly on the accuracy – faults, like knocking down the bar of a jump as they go over, are added to the time.

Some of the common obstacles you’ll see include:

Jumps

Much like the jumps you’ll see in horse racing, these are often simple structures with a cross bar – usually one that can be set at varying heights, for different sized dogs. After all, what constitutes a jump for a Jack Russell would be merely a step for a Rhodesian Ridgeback! You may also see tyre jumps, which have a tyre suspended from a frame for the dog to jump through the middle, and broad jumps which have a deeper base – the dog must make the jump without contacting the base area.

Tunnels

There are two main types of tunnel – one is a rigid vinyl tunnel, often set in a curve, and the other has a rigid opening with a cloth tunnel behind it, which means that the dog has to push through the collapsed fabric.

Dogwalks and Seesaws

The dogwalk consists of three planks – one raised horizontally in the centre, with one at a diagonal going up and one at the other end going down. The seesaw is just as you might expect – a plank that pivots on a fulcrum, so that the dog goes up one side, and their weight brings the other side down for them to dismount. You’ll often see a differently painted section at the beginning and ends of these obstacles – the dog must make contact with these sections to avoid a fault.

Weave Poles

A series of poles (usually between 5 and 12) are set upright and spaced about 24 inches apart. The dog must enter with the first pole to his or her left and weave through each pole in turn, like a skier on a slalom course. This is often one of the most difficult techniques for a dog to master.

Pauses

The pause is either a square section of the course which is marked with tape, or a small table for the dog to jump up onto. The dog must sit or lie down in the designated area for a certain length of time – often 5 seconds – before continuing.

With time and training, you and your dog can establish a great rapport and take the course at speed – and who knows, perhaps one day you could reach the kind of standard demonstrated by the champions at Crufts!


If you’re interested in working with your dog on an agility course, why not get in touch with us for dog training in Surrey? We also offer a great range of basic courses for dogs and puppies, so whether you want to compete or simply enjoy the companionship of a well-trained canine companion, we can help! Contact us today on 07739 815 265.