otw_shortcode_info_box border_style=”bordered” css_class=”boxed”]Shirin Merchant is India’s pioneering Canine Behaviourist and Trainer. For the past 25 years, she has worked hard to ensure that dogs in India are trained using reward-based methods.[/otw_shortcode_info_box] Many of you have written in to me, telling me how upset or depressed you are with the current situation and that you are […]
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Pet Puja: A Letter To Pet Parents
Dear Pet Parents, We are in the midst of difficult times. Your dogs are probably as apprehensive as you are. They may not know what exactly is going on, but they do know that we are stressed, frightened and maybe even depressed. They love us and they feel our pain. Of course, having you at […]
Handling Your Dog During The Lockdown And The Quarantine
It’s been nearly two weeks that we are all Lockdown, and some in Quarantine, isolating ourselves, in an effort to flatten the curve. Sit! Stay! The 21-Day Dog Challenge Things you should ABSOLUTELY NOT DO to your dog during the lockdown: Do not cut your dog’s nails on your own, especially if you have no […]
Turn Your Passion For Canines Into A Career!
. If you have always loved dogs and dreamed of working with them, then here’s some good news – you can make a career of out of your passion for pets! About two decades ago, if you wanted to work with dogs the only profession available was to study science and become a veterinarian. But […]
“Arf! Woof! Awhhooo! Rrruff!” It’s 5 am and that wretched dog is at it again! Fuming you wonder what has triggered off the barking frenzy this time. But before you fling your pillow at him, stop and listen. Perhaps he is trying to tell you something. Dogs are social creatures and use barking as a […]
Shirin Merchant Bags ‘First Women Award’
Leading Canine Behaviourist and Trainer, and Parsi Times columnist (Pet Puja) Shirin Merchant was recently felicitated with the ‘First Women Award’, organized by Ministry of Women and Child Development at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 20th January, 2018. Hosted by Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Shirin was felicitated by the Hon’ble President of […]
The Poop Problem
One of the most disgusting habits our dogs can have is one of eating faeces – their own, another dog’s or even that of another species. Coprophagia, as the condition is known may be repulsive to us humans, but to our dogs it is a perfectly normal behaviour. In fact, most dogs given half a […]
Hello Doggy! – Teach Your Dog Greeting Etiquette
Most dogs jump up on people because they are happy to see them – it’s their way of showing affection and receiving attention. “No! Get down! Stop jumping… I’m so sorry – he doesn’t mean any harm… I said stop it! ROVER!!” Sounds familiar? Is your dog one of the many that loves to greet […]
Lallo Popo Parsi Pooch!
“My little Winston has stopped eating!” Mrs. Soonawalla wailed at me over the phone. “I’ve tried to feed him everything and even by hand, but he just doesn’t eat his food! He will die of starvation!” Fussy eating in dogs is a common problem and one that can be easily sorted out, I told her, as […]
Singing And Barking In The Rain!
The monsoons may come in as a relief from summer, but it’s not too blissful for your pooch who’s wondering when the rains will stop so he can go out and play! The season with its dampness, humidity and grey symbolizes shorter walks, wet coats, muddy feet, the list is endless. Let’s try making this […]
The Nose KNOWS!
Your dog has the same senses as you do – smell, sight hearing, touch and taste – but of all the sense his sense of smell is the most powerful. Here are some interesting facts on a dog’s scenting powers. Scent Cells A dog has around two hundred million sensitive cells in its nose compared […]