Kind4K9 News Page

What we're up to and where you can find us!


Here’s where you can catch up with what Kind4K9 are doing, shows we are attending, new items we are stocking and developments with the website.



burnsWe have recently introduced a local pet food delivery service in the Romsey & Totton area of Hampshire and their surrounding villages. We can supply a number of brands of food including Burns Pet foods.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more or would like a quote.

2014 Events

Monday 26th May
Surrey Country Show, Guildford www.surreycountyshow.co.uk

Saturday 28th June
Royal Isle of Wight County Show. Isle of Wight.  www.riwas.org.uk/county-show

Tue 29th ,Wed 30th July and 31st July
New Forest Show, Brockenhurst, Hampshire www.newforestshow.co.uk

August 23rd-25th August
South Downs Show http://www.southdownsshow.co.uk/

Saturday 6th September
Alresford Agricultural Show, Alresford, Winchester, Hampshire www.alresfordshow.co.uk

Saturday 13th September
Romsey Show, Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire www.romseyshow.co.uk


Watch this space more will be added soon!

Puppy Page

Getting it right from the start...


There are so many important decisions to make when deciding to get a puppy, after all you are about to make a life long commitment to this dog’s emotional and physical well being and of course to your enjoyment of them too.


It is easy for the decision to buy a puppy to mean your heart can rule your head, especially when you are met by a row of cute little faces! It is essential for this decision to be an informed one, where you know what you are about to take on and what they will grow into and the commitment, knowledge and understanding that is going to be required from you if you are to successfully raise a well adjusted and trained family dog.

The first crucial decision is what breed or type of dog you would like to own. Different breeds were bred for different purposes and this leads to them having different lifestyle requirements in terms of their need for exercise & activity plus so many other factors such as temperament and suitability for the environment in which you wish to keep them. It is important to consider the health and grooming requirements of your chosen breed as this alongside other factors will affect the cost of keeping your dog and their wellbeing, buying, raising and keeping a dog can be expensive so you also need to consider all the costs that will be involved.



It is so important you do don’t rush into getting a dog based purely on looks alone, after all this is a lifelong commitment and for more information on choosing the right breed for you, see the following article kindly provided by Gwen Bailey one of the countries leading behaviourists and trainers and founder of Puppy School, a network of professional puppy class training tutors.

Choosing The Right Breed For Your Lifestyle

There is plenty of information in Gwen Bailey’s book Choosing the Right Dog for You, which can be found in our book department. Read up on the breed you have selected to make sure it really is for you and find opportunities to go and meet owners of your chosen breed so you can meet some dogs and ask as many questions as you can. Remember a breed will have certain common characteristics but they are all individuals and breeding alone will not dictate the dog you have in the future. Whatever breed you choose it is important to find yourself a good breeder. It is recommended that you meet some different breeders before selecting which one you are going to choose a puppy from. For more information on choosing a breeder and some factors you need to consider please read the following article.

Choosing A Breeder

It is so important that your puppy is socialised from an early age and this is something you must consider when choosing your breeder. See the article on socialising a litter to give you more idea about what you should be looking for when you speak to and meet different breeders.

Socialising a Litter

Once you have chosen your puppy and they have arrived in your home then it is your responsibility to continue the socialisation that your breeder should have started.

Socialisation - An Essential Lesson For Young Puppies

A part of socialisation can be to attend a puppy class and a well run and good quality class can be highly beneficial to you and your dog. It is important you consider where to take your puppy and who will be training them. Here are some pointers on what to look out for

  • Small classes, aim for a class with a maximum of 8 puppies.

  • All the puppies need to be of a similar age, under 20 weeks of age, avoid classes that also contain older puppies or adult dogs.

  • Choose a class where the tutor is experienced and that classes are run in a well organised and calm manner.

  • Look for a class that will encourage you and you puppy to learn by teaching you the skills you need to train your dog.

  • Choose a class that is structured, for example a 6 week course rather than a rolling programme. This will hopefully mean there is more structure for you and your puppies learning.

  • Find a class using reward based training methods in a fun & friendly manner. Avoid classes that use harsher methods of learning such as check chains, using physical force, rough handling of the dogs, shouting or using sudden noises or water sprayers to train the puppies.

  • Ask around your local vets, friends and family to try and find a class and ask to visit it without your dog before you enrol to ensure you think you will be able to learn in that environment and you can see how the tutor interacts with owners and puppies.

  • If the class you find does free play then ensure this is a controlled activity and not a free for all where puppies play together for long periods as this can cause problems later in life. If play becomes unregulated, puppies can become fearful of others or learn to bully others.


A great book on raising your puppy is The Perfect Puppy by Gwen Bailey and can be found in our book department.

If you would like more information on Puppy Training or finding a suitable class then please see www.puppyschool.co.uk

Play Page

The benefits of Playing with your dog...



Here are just a few of the benefits of play for you and your dog;

Play can be a great outlet for physical and mental energy and give your dogs the opportunity to channel their natural instincts i.e. retrieving, chasing and scenting, as play can be adapted for different breeds and sitautions. Different dogs like different games and playing with toys with your dog can enrich your dog's life.



Play can be an excellent motivator for your dog
and help you with your training & increase the bond between dog and owner

Play can have emotional benefits as having fun can reduce boredom, frustration and anxiety & can be a good way to provide outlets for their energy when exercising them is not possible.

Play may aid your puppies development and coordination.

Play can help you and your dog keep fit and be a rewarding way to have fun together


It is essential to keep our dog mentally and physically stimulated if we are going to have a contented dog. Boredom and frustration can contribute to many behaviour problems and we can provide outlets for our dog's energies in the form of physical exercise, playing games and carrying out training exercises or setting our dogs more challenges.

There are a number ways in which you can provide your dog with more mental stimulation alongside play and these include food toys e.g. the Dog Pyramid, or puzzles e.g. The Dog Brick - See our range for more ideas!


Sometimes when dogs are not provided with sufficient outlets for their energies they find things to do that we may not find so desirable!

Always check with your vet as to what is a suitable level of exercise and activity for your particular dog.

At Kind4K9 we supply a wide range of toys for different breeds, ages and sizes. We stock toys that can be retrieved, chased, carried, chewed and that float. Have a look around our store for more ideas on how you can enrich your dog's life

Training Page

Reward Based Training...


The best relationship are built on trust and understanding

It is important when training that your dog understands the way you wish them to behave in certain circumstances.

Command or Cue Training is creating a common language with your dog on what is expected from them in response to a variety of cue words, for example ask your dog to Sit or Stay.

Training is happening on some level all the time, between you and your dog and it is our responsibility as owners to understand what we are teaching them and why sometimes it may appear to be going wrong.

It is essential you have taught your dog how to respond to your request and ensure your dog truly understands what you are asking. You can only expect your dog to respond to what you have taught it.


Rewarding good behaviours

There are different ways to train a dog but it is really important to reward your dog’s good behaviour and not to fall into the habit of only correcting them when they have got it wrong. Rewards in training help motivate your dog and teach them what it is you want from them.

Consistency is essential in all training. We can’t expect our dogs to not do something one day but for us to reward it on another. For example we expect them not to beg from the table when we eat but then reward that behaviour another day by giving them food from our plate.

Reward based training involves rewarding your dog’s good behaviour so they wish to repeat them. Rewards can be praise, attention, food or games with toys. Rewards can also be a lifestyle reward and these are factors such as freedom, e.g. if you ask your dog to sit before you take off their lead, the sit can be rewarded with freedom.

Is doing what you ask rewarding for your dog?

A common example of this is when we call our dog back to put them on a lead. If we only ever call them back to go onto a lead is that a rewarding reason to return to you? The answer is most likely no and so it is important to reward our dogs with praise, a game or maybe a treat for coming back and call them regularly not just when you want to put them on the lead.

Timing of reward

Timing is very important in training. The reward needs to be given as soon as the dog does the right thing or they will not make a link with the behaviour they have just performed. When they are instantly rewarded for the right behaviour they will be more likely to show that behaviour again in similar circumstances. Repetition and practice are needed to ensure your dog becomes reliable at the commands you are teaching them and you will need to practice all training in different environments.

Why are some dogs easier to train than others?

There is no doubt that some dogs are more challenging to train than others and this may be for many reasons. The variety of breeds we have today were originally bred for different purposes and this contributes to the different personality traits they have now. For example some are more independent than others and some are easier to motivate. Motivation is important in training and for some dogs rewards will need to change, play may be more important and therefore a more rewarding activity to some dogs than a food treat. Consider what your dogs likes to do and then you can choose the most appropriate reward to use in your training.

“Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend” Corey Ford

Getting Help


If you are having problems with your dog's training or behaviour then here are some useful organisations you could contact to get help. If you have a problem with your dog's behaviour it is recommended that you get help as soon as possible.

The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC)

The APBC is recognised as a leading professional association for pet behaviour counsellors. Its members are all highly experienced and knowledgeable behaviourists. Owners experiencing any sort of behaviour problem with their pet can find their nearest APBC member by looking on www.apbc.org.uk

Puppy school

Puppy School is an established network of well trained puppy class tutors providing a high standard of classes. At Puppy School training classes, only kind, effective techniques are used. Have a look around our puppy information section for tips on choosing a class and raising a puppy. See www.puppyschool.co.uk to find your nearest class.

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

The APDT is the largest dog training association in the UK with over 500 members nation wide. Members are required to adhere to a strict Code of Practice which ensures that owners and dogs are given the best possible information. To find a local trainer please go to: www.apdt.co.uk

K9 Links

Useful information sources on training, behaviour and living with dogs

Welfare in Dog training www.dogwelfaregampaign.org

A web-site providing information about the behaviour of dogs, the possible consequences of using aversive training techniques, and where to go for appropriate advice on training and behaviour issues.

The Blue Dog www.thebluedog.org

Aims to educate parents and children about the safest way to interact with their dog in a household setting

Dog Law www.doglaw.co.uk

A website containing lots of useful information on laws affecting dogs and their owners.

Driving with Dogs www.drivingwithdogs.co.uk

A handy website giving details of dog friendly walks around the country and lots more.

Welfare & Rescue Organisations

Second Chance Animal Rescue www.secondchance.org.uk

Second chance is an animal rescue based in Southampton, Hampshire please see their website for more details.

 

The Dogs Trust www.dogtrust.org.uk

Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League) is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Our mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

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Play Page

The benefits of Playing with your dog...



Here are just a few of the benefits of play for you and your dog;

Play can be a great outlet for physical and mental energy and give your dogs the opportunity to channel their natural instincts i.e. retrieving, chasing and scenting, as play can be adapted for different breeds and sitautions. Different dogs like different games and playing with toys with your dog can enrich your dog's life.



Play can be an excellent motivator for your dog
and help you with your training & increase the bond between dog and owner

Play can have emotional benefits as having fun can reduce boredom, frustration and anxiety & can be a good way to provide outlets for their energy when exercising them is not possible.

Play may aid your puppies development and coordination.

Play can help you and your dog keep fit and be a rewarding way to have fun together


It is essential to keep our dog mentally and physically stimulated if we are going to have a contented dog. Boredom and frustration can contribute to many behaviour problems and we can provide outlets for our dog's energies in the form of physical exercise, playing games and carrying out training exercises or setting our dogs more challenges.

There are a number ways in which you can provide your dog with more mental stimulation alongside play and these include food toys e.g. the Dog Pyramid, or puzzles e.g. The Dog Brick - See our range for more ideas!

Sometimes when dogs are not provided with sufficient outlets for their energies they find things to do that we may not find so desirable!

Always check with your vet as to what is a suitable level of exercise and activity for your particular dog.

At Kind4K9 we supply a wide range of toys for different breeds, ages and sizes. We stock toys that can be retrieved, chased, carried, chewed and that float. Have a look around our store for more ideas on how you can enrich your dog's life

Puppy Page

Getting it right from the start...


There are so many important decisions to make when deciding to get a puppy, after all you are about to make a life long commitment to this dog’s emotional and physical well being and of course to your enjoyment of them too.


It is easy for the decision to buy a puppy to mean your heart can rule your head, especially when you are met by a row of cute little faces! It is essential for this decision to be an informed one, where you know what you are about to take on and what they will grow into and the commitment, knowledge and understanding that is going to be required from you if you are to successfully raise a well adjusted and trained family dog.

The first crucial decision is what breed or type of dog you would like to own. Different breeds were bred for different purposes and this leads to them having different lifestyle requirements in terms of their need for exercise & activity plus so many other factors such as temperament and suitability for the environment in which you wish to keep them. It is important to consider the health and grooming requirements of your chosen breed as this alongside other factors will affect the cost of keeping your dog and their wellbeing, buying, raising and keeping a dog can be expensive so you also need to consider all the costs that will be involved.



It is so important you do don’t rush into getting a dog based purely on looks alone, after all this is a lifelong commitment and for more information on choosing the right breed for you, see the following article kindly provided by Gwen Bailey one of the countries leading behaviourists and trainers and founder of Puppy School, a network of professional puppy class training tutors.

Choosing The Right Breed For Your Lifestyle

There is plenty of information in Gwen Bailey’s book Choosing the Right Dog for You, which can be found in our book department. Read up on the breed you have selected to make sure it really is for you and find opportunities to go and meet owners of your chosen breed so you can meet some dogs and ask as many questions as you can. Remember a breed will have certain common characteristics but they are all individuals and breeding alone will not dictate the dog you have in the future. Whatever breed you choose it is important to find yourself a good breeder. It is recommended that you meet some different breeders before selecting which one you are going to choose a puppy from. For more information on choosing a breeder and some factors you need to consider please read the following article.

Choosing A Breeder

It is so important that your puppy is socialised from an early age and this is something you must consider when choosing your breeder. See the article on socialising a litter to give you more idea about what you should be looking for when you speak to and meet different breeders.

Socialising a Litter

Once you have chosen your puppy and they have arrived in your home then it is your responsibility to continue the socialisation that your breeder should have started.

Socialisation - An Essential Lesson For Young Puppies

A part of socialisation can be to attend a puppy class and a well run and good quality class can be highly beneficial to you and your dog. It is important you consider where to take your puppy and who will be training them. Here are some pointers on what to look out for

  • Small classes, aim for a class with a maximum of 8 puppies.

  • All the puppies need to be of a similar age, under 20 weeks of age, avoid classes that also contain older puppies or adult dogs.

  • Choose a class where the tutor is experienced and that classes are run in a well organised and calm manner.

  • Look for a class that will encourage you and you puppy to learn by teaching you the skills you need to train your dog.

  • Choose a class that is structured, for example a 6 week course rather than a rolling programme. This will hopefully mean there is more structure for you and your puppies learning.

  • Find a class using reward based training methods in a fun & friendly manner. Avoid classes that use harsher methods of learning such as check chains, using physical force, rough handling of the dogs, shouting or using sudden noises or water sprayers to train the puppies.

  • Ask around your local vets, friends and family to try and find a class and ask to visit it without your dog before you enrol to ensure you think you will be able to learn in that environment and you can see how the tutor interacts with owners and puppies.

  • If the class you find does free play then ensure this is a controlled activity and not a free for all where puppies play together for long periods as this can cause problems later in life. If play becomes unregulated, puppies can become fearful of others or learn to bully others.


A great book on raising your puppy is The Perfect Puppy by Gwen Bailey and can be found in our book department.

If you would like more information on Puppy Training or finding a suitable class then please see www.puppyschool.co.uk

Play Page

The benefits of Playing with your dog...



Here are just a few of the benefits of play for you and your dog;

Play can be a great outlet for physical and mental energy and give your dogs the opportunity to channel their natural instincts i.e. retrieving, chasing and scenting, as play can be adapted for different breeds and sitautions. Different dogs like different games and playing with toys with your dog can enrich your dog's life.



Play can be an excellent motivator for your dog
and help you with your training & increase the bond between dog and owner

Play can have emotional benefits as having fun can reduce boredom, frustration and anxiety & can be a good way to provide outlets for their energy when exercising them is not possible.

Play may aid your puppies development and coordination.

Play can help you and your dog keep fit and be a rewarding way to have fun together


It is essential to keep our dog mentally and physically stimulated if we are going to have a contented dog. Boredom and frustration can contribute to many behaviour problems and we can provide outlets for our dog's energies in the form of physical exercise, playing games and carrying out training exercises or setting our dogs more challenges.

There are a number ways in which you can provide your dog with more mental stimulation alongside play and these include food toys e.g. the Dog Pyramid, or puzzles e.g. The Dog Brick - See our range for more ideas!

Sometimes when dogs are not provided with sufficient outlets for their energies they find things to do that we may not find so desirable!

Always check with your vet as to what is a suitable level of exercise and activity for your particular dog.

At Kind4K9 we supply a wide range of toys for different breeds, ages and sizes. We stock toys that can be retrieved, chased, carried, chewed and that float. Have a look around our store for more ideas on how you can enrich your dog's life


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