Welcome to the Wagging Tails Blog

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Grass seeds

If you have a spaniel, retriever or similar dog and your dog takes walks ANYWHERE where there is long grass, the chances are it may have grass seeds between its toes.

Grass seeds have little barbs at one end which, if not removed, can literally bore into your dog’s tender skin between its toes.

You won’t be aware that there is a problem until it’s too late and the seed has embedded itself into the skin. Because your dog can not remove the grass, it will become infected and often leads to abscesses.

Signs to look out for are:

  • Excessive licking of feet and toes in particular
  • Favouring a foot or limping
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Keef the Retriever. A much loved and much missed family dog

Qualified Vet Katy Dalton talks about the trauma and huge sense of loss she experienced when she and her husband had to say goodbye to Keef, their beloved Retriever. 

In my 'previous life' as a veterinary surgeon, I dealt with families saying difficult goodbyes to their beloved...

Friday, March 20, 2015
Rocky & Duke relaxing on their Coventry dog boarding holiday.

Louise, a dog owner from Coventry, talks about her experience of finding a holiday home for her Labrador pups, Rocky & Duke...

Like all dog lovers, the thought of leaving our Labrador puppies to go on holiday wasn’t something we found easy, or thought we ever could, until we...

Thursday, March 05, 2015
Black labrador, Tyler, leaping a dog agility jump

Wagging Tails franchisee Teresa Bowers talks about how she and her lab x Tyler became involved in dog agility.

I came across agility when deciding how to give my dog Tyler more exercise other than by walking and playing games. He had just about the same amount of energy when we...

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Coco wears her Kennel Club Gold Award

Wagging Tails Coco , owned by franchisee Rosemary Gooch, has achieved her Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold Award.

We are thrilled to report that little Coco got her Gold Kennel Club Good Citizen Award on Wednesday.

Here's a photo of Coco proudly wearing her gold rosette....

Monday, February 16, 2015
Coco with her Kennel Club Citizen Silver Award Rosette

Wagging Tails franchisee Rosemary Gooch talks about training for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Award with her dog Coco.

The aim of the KC dog training awards is to ensure puppies and dogs are well socialised with other dogs and people, that they learn basic commands and are well...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Dog carer Sandra Reeves with her holiday guests

New Year is often a time when people think about their health and resolutions to go to the gym or start a diet are made (and subsequently broken!). One thing that many people seem to be unaware of is the health benefits of having a dog in the home. ...

Friday, October 10, 2014
Charlie and Henry enjoying their holiday with Steve

At Wagging Tails we are always looking for more carers to open their homes and provide holidays for dogs while their owners are away. We require that our carers are at home during the day (either no longer working or working from home), have experience of owning dogs and most importantly are dog...

Thursday, October 09, 2014
Alabama Rot

Many of you will be aware from the updates on our Facebook page of the number of cases of 'Alabama Rot'. For those who are not familiar we wanted to inform you of the illness.


Thursday, October 02, 2014
Bandit the Beagle enjoying a run in the park

After what seems like far too long, Bandit has finally been let off his lead and allowed to have a great run around in the park every morning! To recap, he had to have a bilateral arthrotomy in March due to problems noticed on a CT scan and a pronounced limp after exercise and has been to...

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Golden Retriever mother and puppy

You may, or may not, be aware that Jim and I's experience and knowledge with dogs extends beyond being dog owners and founding and running Wagging Tails, we are also Kennel Club Assured Breeders. Our Golden Retriever Izzie has great health scores to match her fantastic temperament and the pups...


About the Wagging Tails Blog

Within these posts we aim to provide you with glimpse into our doggy world and provide useful information on all things dog. If anything you read provokes a question or you simply want to let us know how much you have enjoyed a particular post please do add a comment. 

Subscribe to Wagging Tails Blog Posts