Yappy Chinese Year of the Dog!

year of the dog

Chinese Zodiac Dog Personality – 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018

It seems that the personalities of those born in the Chinese year of the Dog aren’t that dissimilar to our four-legged, wet nosed, furry best friends.

The Dog symbolizes character traits such as loyalty, compatibility and kindness. Dogs frequently offer kind words and useful advice, always listening and lending a shoulder when necessary. Dogs often become deeply involved in others’ lives and are sometimes perceived as nosy. Ensuring others are happy is more important to the Dog than wealth, money or success.

Dogs are determined individuals; always wanting to master a new subject before moving on and always finishing what they start. Dogs value friendships; they’re loyal, honest, trustworthy and reliable and have strong morals and ethics.

Dogs at times can also be temperamental, narrow-minded and stubborn. When this happens, the Dog takes off alone in order to make things right again inside its head. Dogs can benefit by learning to relax and being more rational.

A happy Dog is a healthy Dog and it’s easy to tell by the Dog’s sad or depressed appearance that it’s not feeling right. Dogs are resilient, especially when fighting illness.

Although Dogs are trustworthy, they have trouble trusting others. It can take a long time before a Dog feels at ease with another person. When Dogs don’t build trust they’re judgmental and rough towards others.

When it comes to romance Dogs often have a tough time. Others are often scared off by the Dog’s insecure, worrisome and frequently anxious nature. Dogs are known to be cold emotionally and critical.



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Martina Mercer chats with Simon Herbert on HailshamFM about the importance of puppy training

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Special New Year Offer



£25 per session (usually £40) behavioural & obedience training for guardians of new puppies throughout January 2018.


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This is one of my earliest broadcasts recorded in October 2016 as a new Presenter with HailshamFM. Although a very informative show, my presenting style then was a bit rusty, yet still worth a listen! Enjoy! Martina ^,,¬



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Please do not walk dogs during the heat of the day!

dog walking in the heat

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An Interview with Martina 5.3.17

Martina speaks about her work with animals, namely puppies and dogs in the second half of the Interview.


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take the lead to success poster flyer

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Canine Behaviour – IGNORE the BAD & REWARD the GOOD !

“Dog’s are sentient, emotive beings and deserve to live comfortable, contented and happy lives within our human families. As with all animals, they have certain survival needs, once these are met then be prepared to have a loving, loyal and contented best furry friend forever.

Aside from the basic survival needs such as: shelter, food, water, health management – dog’s require * Love (without being smothered) * Exercise (the amount depends on the breed) * Mental Stimulation (socialisation, training and playing) * Discipline (most definitely NOT harsh punishment) * to Learn Boundaries and how to behave impeccably within the human den and in public at all times in any given situation.

The way a puppy-dog behaves in our ‘Family Home-Den’ is solely down to we humans. Our prime objective and responsibility is to help the puppy-dog learn what is expected of him/her within our human world.

For instance, reprimanding a puppy for chewing a shoe – this behaviour is absolutely normal to a puppy as they CHEW, yet they are unable to differentiate between what they are and aren’t allowed to chew – the simple solution would be to not leave anything within a puppy’s reach aside from their own toys. Everything a puppy-dog does is down to our actions, so don’t blame the dog!

If we catch a puppy-dog in the act of chewing something that has been left in their path, give a stern ‘no/leave’ command then redirect them to one of ‘their’ toys OR swap the item for a scrummy treat. Do not attempt to force the item from their mouth as it could turn into a fun game of tug of war (for the pup) and under no circumstances chase after them as they will think it’s a fabulous game and matters could escalate into heightened frustration on our part – we need to get their attention so they chase after us!

If we do not catch puppy-dogs in the ‘act’, as hard as it may seem, we have to ignore the wrong doing, as the puppy-dogs will not understand ‘what’ they have done wrong and if we react in a negative manner, the puppy-dog will become anxious and afraid of us! 😦

Another scenario where we humans sometimes make a huge mistake, is reprimanding our dogs for barking at the arrival of the postman, or at someone walking past the house! The dogs are defending their territory and will naturally bark, therefore instead of telling them off, ‘Thank’ them for alerting you to the alien invaders that have dared to walk past your home/den!

Therefore, do not punish or shout at your dog for behaving like a dog ! Instead, teach them how to live in harmony within the ‘Den/Pack of Human’ by ignoring the bad (redirecting and distracting) and constantly rewarding the good behaviour!”

Martina Mercer-Hall ^..^
BSY (PetPsy), BSYA (Animal Heal), MASC (Life Coach)
Academy of Dog Training & Behaviour Approved Instructor

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Dog Rehabilitation & Training in East Sussex

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Professional Dog Training in East Sussex

Professional Dog Training in East Sussex

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