Top 5 Breeds to Take For a Walk? by Tony Knight Dog Listener

Like me, you will no doubt have seen countless polls on social media of the Top 5 dog breeds for this and that or such-and-such. While this information can be useful when talking about physical traits of some dogs – ie, why Great Danes don’t figure too highly in the “fitting into a handbag” stakes – when the information concerns behaviour or temperament they are barking up the wrong tree, so to speak. Let me give you an example; I have a younger sister who had exactly the same kind of upbringing as I did with the same parents. How is it possible then for us to be so totally… Read more »


Breed snapshot Height:             33-38cm Weight:            8-14kg Lifespan:         12-15 years Breed traits:   Loving, adventurous, sociable Health risk:    Average Did you know? As a scent hound originating in England in the 1300s, the Beagle’s main purpose was to trail rabbits. The name beagle comes from the old French meaning “open throat” referring to their bay or howl. They are considered to be one of the most amiable of the hounds. They require companionship, human and canine alike, and are enthusiastic about being outdoors and exploring. With regular exercise, they can be a calm house pet that is excellent and gentle with children. Common health concerns for Beagles… Read more »

The (Dog) Social Network – the facts about dog interaction

One of the things we hear most about dogs is that they should be well socialised. For most people, this means getting them to interact with other dogs as often as possible. Have you ever noticed that some dogs simply do not like the look of other dogs? Here’s why… If we look at canines in Nature, a pack keeps itself to itself unless the need to hunt means they encroach on another pack’s territory. This can lead to problems. NB: Humans are no different – Northern Ireland, Syria, Ukraine, Palestine etc. The reality for our dogs is that we often stick them all together in one small space (small… Read more »

Leader of the Pack by Tony Knight Dog Listener

Why those who call pack theory outdated are themselves outdated As one of the millions of hopeless Facebook addicts, I cannot help but read posts that pop onto my screen about dog behaviour. After over 15 years as a Dog Listener, and having learnt alongside my mother Jan Fennell, I am often confronted online and in person with an outdated argument against pack theory in dogs. In fact, I was once thrown off a chat room for implying that it existed. I received a message from the President of the Club herself, telling me categorically that there was no such thing as pack hierarchy. When I pointed out that she… Read more »

Newsletter June 2015

Welcome to our second monthly newsletter. Wintertime and it’s school holidays! School holidays are almost upon us and if you’re going away and can’t take your pooch with you, then BorrowMyPooch is an affordable alternative to dog boarding or kennels. New borrowers are signing up every day, so there’s a good chance that they’ll be someone in your local area who would love to look after your dog for you while you’re away. If you haven’t subscribed already, then today is the pawfect day to do so! Just click here to join our growing community. Tony Knight Dog Listener blog spot Tony’s blog this month, “Barking Mad?” received a fantastic… Read more »

Newsletter May 2015

It’s been a busy month for the BorrowMyPooch Team. Here’s a rundown of some of the things we’ve been up to … Melbourne Dog Lover’s Show The team was at the Dog Lover’s Show earlier in the month and had a pawesome time talking to everybody who came to visit our stand in Melbourne’s beautiful Royal Exhibition Building. So many great pooches at the show – one of our favourites has to be Ralf the Giant Schnauzer. He’s a bit of a hero at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and you can watch the ABC’s morning show segment featuring Ralf and his owner here. New features launched on our website… Read more »

BARKING MAD? by Tony Knight Dog Listener

Let me start with a quick story… Our senior Danish Dog Listener lives in Copenhagen. Down her street, every single house has been burgled, with one exception. That house is the one with Karina’s four Doberman living there. Now, I don’t know any burglars (I am not a ne’er-do-well) but I imagine that there are very, very few burglars who, upon seeing four Doberman running out into the garden and barking, will think to themselves, “I like a challenge!” Why am I telling you this? Well, barking has to be the most annoying behaviour problem that is suffered by dog owners and neighbours alike. However, Karina in Copenhagen will be… Read more »

Love Thy Neighbour by Tony Knight Dog Listener

Taking your dog out into the big, wide world should be a fun and relaxed experience for both owner and dog. You may have done lots of work with your dog to convince them to trust you in this world that they cannot comprehend, full of Man-made wonders and soooo many others to look out for (in Nature, canines keep themselves to themselves if at all possible), but what about other dogs out there? Can you be sure that they are as well-behaved? If a child asks their parent, “Can we play with those kids?” a good parent will check out the other kids to see if they are suitable… Read more »

BorrowMyPooch and safety

BorrowMyPooch loves dogs, so we take the safety of dogs, their owners and their borrowers seriously. “How do I know I can trust someone to borrow my dog?” is probably the most frequently asked question we’ve had so far – even before we launched! So with that in mind, we have ensured that there are a number of safety measures in place to ensure that the BorrowMyPooch community is safe and secure for both Owners and Borrowers: Local community: Owners and Borrowers are matched on their location, meaning that you’re probably both in the same suburb and possibly within walking distance of the same dog park! Of course, you can… Read more »

Dog Walking: ten health benefits for your dog

We’re all aware of how important exercise is for our health; however, it’s just as important to ensure that our dogs get regular exercise too so that they maintain their health and happiness. Dog walking and regular play time can help provide the following ten health benefits for your pooch: 1. Maintain your dog’s health: pretty obvious really – we know that exercise is good for us so it follows that it’s a good thing for our dogs also. Regular dog walking will keep your dog fit, strong and supple. 2. Beats the puppy fat! Keeping your dog’s weight under control with a healthy diet and regular exercise will keep… Read more »