Category Archives: AniEd

Do you podcast?

Anne is talking-dog A LOT on this new Irish pet-owner friendly podcast: Bark Side of the Moon (@barksidepod)

This awesome new venture is spear-headed by amazing trainer, Graham, with whom AniEd has worked for many years.

We have been talking and recording on so many topics and you can listen to our chats about separation related behaviours, car comfort and welcoming visitors so far, where ever you listen to podcasts.

Up coming topics include working from home, canine adolescence, the pros & cons of group dog-dog play services/facilities, babies and kids and dogs.

Check it out!

We want more ideas too! What would you like to hear more about? Let me know in the comments, on Facebook or Instagram or via email (

What should we talk about next?!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2022 and it looks set to be another weird year. We can’t thank you enough for all your support and ask for your continued help as AniEd plans to come back to life somewhat after a lot of downtime.

#100daysofenrichment is always free and available and the perfect way to guide your and your dog’s New Year, getting 2022 off to a great start!

Make 2022 more dog!

Are you ready?

The countdown is well and truly underway and hopefully you have your Christmas plan in place for your pets during the festivities.

Some individuals certainly can find the celebratory activities overwhelming and stressful and may require even more specific help and support.

But don’t worry, we got you covered. Check out our Christmas Bites series for lots of tips and tricks so that this season goes off without a hitch.

You can get all the bites here.

We’ve prepared lots of stuffables, that are in the freezer, for the festivities and are well stocked up with pizzles & chews too!

I don’t often feed gullets because of the risks associated with unintentionally feeding thyroid tissue, but will use these cut-up dried beef gullets occasionally. Because they are a rare treat, they are even more special!

Get your stuffables into the freezer today so they’re extra challenging and entertaining!

Christmas Bites 6 Santa Paws Buys Irish!

This season, no matter how you celebrate, is all about giving and our dogs are worthy recipients.

This year, just like last, has been tough and we want to encourage pet owners to do their best to buy local and support small businesses.

Irish businesses (like us) have had a really tough couple of years. We are a teeny tiny and very independent Irish business and many of our graduates also run small businesses, doing their best to help dogs & their humans.

We are also Irish pet owners and want to do our best to support other Irish businesses. With Brexit continuing to cause changes and challenges to business here, we want to make a special effort to build support for Irish pet product manufacturers and retailers.

We’ve been taking suggestions on our social media channels:

Here are your wonderful suggestions so while I am sure you have got your Christmas shopping under control (?), please do think of these small, Irish businesses in the New Year, when things will be seriously more difficult.

Online/Pet Stores


Nature & Nurture Petstore

Happy Hounds Pet Store & Groomers

Cotton Hound


Pet Bliss

Pet Hamper

Kara’s Kanines

Fetch Your Pet Needs

Ollie’s Pet Boutique

The Dog Shop

Pet Parlour, Terenure

Shauna’s Pet Shop (plus they have an Irish-made section on their website listing lots and lots more!)

Mollys Pet Boutique

Decs Pets

Holistic Hounds

Shop In Ireland also has a large range of pet product companies too!

Collars, Treats, Toys & Accessories


K9 Connectables

Country Pet

Collar Squad

Wild Piccolo

The Pet Tree

Handmade by Golden for awesome snuffle toys


Hounds & Heli’s

One Paw at a Time

Big Als Gift Barn bows

Animal Support Clothing

Pickles & Pals

AKD Designs

BLK Barkery

Zelda & Harley

Canine Crazy Accessories

Beds & accessories


The Sheepish Dog

Moby & Mustard

Our Recommendations

In general, when it comes to products in almost all categories, manufacturers will add some gimmick, marketing trick, or notion in an attempt to stand out with their own USP. But, that doesn’t make it better for you and your pet 

We like to understand the mechanisms behind the workings and how that applies to your pet’s behaviour, and to your wallet. We are often more satisfied with simple design, while helping pet owners improve their skill in handling and using tools safely.


Despite the range of harness, with all their bells & whistles, care is required in choosing the right harness for your dog.

This great video, on Facebook, illustrates the criteria for choosing the right harness for your dog’s build. Watch here.

Look for harnesses that don’t restrict your pet’s movement, especially the front assembly (straps that cross the shoulder), when fitted properly. Make sure that straps behind the elbow don’t ride up into the arm pit too.

Just because a design, like harnesses with large panels sitting over the back and shoulders, is popular, doesn’t mean that they are safe and appropriate for most dogs.

We tend to recommend a simple H/Figure-8 most of all:

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Take care with fitting and teach your dog, with a system like that shown above, to enjoy having their harness fitted from the beginning.


I’m a self confessed collar-addict, particularly because Decker has little hair so it’s easy to see all the pretty collars I get for him…

Dogs in Ireland must be microchipped (registered, certified) and wear a collar with their owner’s identity when in public. Collars that are worn much of the time and for ID must not be tightening and should be well fitted, and with as little extras added that might get caught.

Take care with collars with snaps as these can weaken over time. Some come with security features to strengthen them, but only if fitted properly as shown in this clip:

Generally, the wider the band of the collar, the more comfortable it will be. There are a huge array of designs and types of collars available to suit almost every dog.

Greyhound collars and martingales, adjusted correctly, are safest to prevent escape.
Break-away collars, or no collar should be used when dogs play, particularly in groups, and when dogs spend time in crates or pens unsupervised.

Leads & Lines:

Use the longest, simplest lead you can manage and that works for the environments you use them.

You probably don’t need all the rings and fancy additions to many leads available now and for the most part, attaching extra weight, such as poop-bag carriers, is uncomfortable for dogs.

We prefer to use long lines when safe, as outlined in this clip:

But know that many people are surgically attached to their extendable lead; learn to use it safely:

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Confinement & Beds:

Most dogs will benefit from some form of confinement training and puppies or new dogs, especially, will benefit from having their own safe space where they can hang out safely.

Depending on the dog and the function of the crate, I use soft-sided, wire and plastic airline types.

I love to use baby-gates and pens the most so that access to the dog can be restricted as needed. Baby Dan pens are excellent because their bars are vertical which helps prevent climbing.

Have beds of lots of different types in lots of locations so that your dog can choose how they use resting and sleeping areas. More in Day 10 from #100daysofenrichment.

Toys & fun stuff:

I can’t emphasise this enough: your dog should have lots of fun stuff in their lives.

That means tons of outlets for doggie behaviour and lots of things that satisfy different needs such as things for chewing, sniffing, catching, chasing, squeaking, rolling, manipulating, challenging, thinking….

Not only will you be able to work out their preferences, but also provide items that can allow you both to learn to use them in fun and different ways.

Check out #100daysofenrichment for so many ideas for fun & brain games for you and your dog!

All your dog wants for Christmas is you!

While all the gifts and toys are awesome and very much appreciated by your dog, YOU are the most important part of your dog’s life!

Your time, your company and experiences shared with you; that’s what they want, what they really really want.
Indeed, that’s what they need.

Take some time to just be together, to hang out, to watch the world go by. Remember to help them to get back into the usual routine to prepare them when the post-holidays world starts up again though.

Make this one a Happy Sniffsmas for your dog, working through some #100daysofenrichment challenges with you, their favourite human.

Christmas Bites 2021 No. 5

Tis the season and it’s time to start getting ready for the festivities so that the celebrations are safe and comfortable for your dog.

See all the Christmas Bites here.

Follow #ChristmasBites on Facebook and Instagram, and follow along here too!

Christmas Bite No. 5

“Don’t eat that…don’t chew that…don’t touch that…”

Sound familiar? You need to get practicing management!

There’s no time like the Holidays for the availability of tempting forbidden treats that dogs might find hard to resist.

See Christmas Bites “Don’t eat that…!” here.

Management is your best bet…

What happens if management fails…?

Teach behaviour instead!

The Floor is Magic:

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Teach a Reorientation Cue

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See all the details & further video demos at the full bite here.

Christmas Bites 2021 No. 4

‘Tis the season and it’s time to start getting ready for the festivities so that the celebrations are safe and comfortable for your dog.

See all the Christmas Bites here.

Follow #ChristmasBites on Facebook and Instagram, and follow along here too!

Christmas Bite No. 4

Chill out!

Chilling out is not exactly synonymous with festivities and celebrations! To help our dogs calm and chill during the upheaval, establish a calm context picture now and have a think about your wind-down routine too!

See Christmas Bites Chill Out! here.

See all the Christmas Bites here covering lots and lots of management tips and tricks.

Create a calm context:

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Park your Pup:

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Crazy 2 Calm:

Settle with crazy-breaks:

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Work in rollercoasters; more here on how do that.

Planning on a puppy?

Let’s set everyone up for success and get you ready for all the fun and challenges that a new puppy brings.

This Pre-Puppy Session deal is available to anyone thinking about or set to get a puppy soon.

Because it’s all remote, we can work with you no matter where in the world you are and at times that work around your schedule.

Book by emailing or messaging on Facebook or Instagram.

Hurry up because we have only a few slots available before we close until the New Year!

Christmas Bites 2021 No. 3

‘Tis the season and it’s time to start getting ready for the festivities so that the celebrations are safe and comfortable for your dog.

See all the Christmas Bites here.

Follow #ChristmasBites on Facebook and Instagram, and follow along here too!

Christmas Bite No. 3

Doors, Greetings & All That Drama!

Doorbells ringing and people coming and going, amid the excitement, can cause dogs a lot of distress. Not to mention the distress their dog’s behaviour can cause pet owners, who are trying to welcome guests while wrangling canine greeters.

See Christmas Bites Doors, Greetings & All That Drama here.

Snuffling for Doors!

Sniffing Stations for Calm Entries

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Doorbell = Snuffle-Party!

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All the details are in the full Christmas Bite here.

Christmas Bites 2021 No. 2

‘Tis the season and it’s time to start getting ready for the festivities so that the celebrations are safe and comfortable for your dog.

See all the Christmas Bites here.

Follow #ChristmasBites on Facebook and Instagram, and follow along here too!

Christmas Bite No. 2

The festive season isn’t the time for elaborate training plans; instead we emphasise the quickest fix, management!

See Christmas Bites: The Quickest Fix here.

The Quickest Fix

Does my dog really need to be part of this?

Keep Away!

Three-Ingredient Management

Kids & K9s (+ Christmas)

Watch this free webinar from Family Paws founder Jennifer Shryock for all you need to do to survive the holidays with kids & K9s!

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