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Why is playing with your dog so important?

In honour of the launch of PIPPEN, Axaeco’s first dog toy, we want to dedicate an article to the role of play in our dogs’ lives. We talk to Roberto Guadagnini, a vet behaviourist: Play «In the natural world all mammals play. This is especially true for species which care for their young for an extended period of time and which are not under constant threat of attack from predators. The animal orders to which these characteristics most apply are carnivores (which includes wolves, the ancestor of modern dogs) and primates (such as our own species). The fact that playful activity is seen in many wild species, means that it must serve an important evolutionary role; indeed, play stimulates and develops motor activity

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Skijoring… What is that?

Skijoring is a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a dog. The term “joring” is derived from the Norwegian word “jøre,” which means “to drive” or “to make go”. In Skijoring dogs are harnessed and attached to the skier via a towline. Training for skijoring involves teaching your dog to pull you while you’re on skis and ensuring both you and your dog are comfortable and safe during the activity.  Here are some steps to help you get started: Basic Obedience Training Before introducing your dog to skijoring, make sure they have basic obedience training. Commands like “stay,” “come,” “gee” (for turn right) and “haw” (for turn left) are essential. Get the Right Equipment Invest in

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Canicross = Cross country running with dogs

Began as a way of training sled dogs during the off season, when there’s no snow, before becoming a sport in its own right.  Canicross is accessible to everyone and suitable for all dog breeds, though especially suited to sporty dogs; it combines the pleasure of exercise with the pleasure of getting outdoors with your dog. As with all sports, training for both runner and dog obviously needs to be tailored to  work gradually towards your individual sporting goals. It is essential to create close synergy between athlete and dog so that you are, eventually, able to run at the same pace and have fun together.  An important element of canicross training is keeping your dog motivated, right from your

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High Altitude Dog Trekking

THE WALKING WOLF: Thomas and Numb on Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc 4,807m asl Together, we have been on extraordinary adventures: we have hiked difficult trails to reach the summits of the highest mountains in Italy, at altitudes of over 4,000 metres, tackled challenging obstacles and admired breathtaking views. Now, we have just fulfilled a lifelong ambition: enjoying a delicious sandwich sitting on top of Mont Blanc’s 4807-metre peak, which we climbed via the Italian route.This amazing achievement was made possible thanks to more than a year of painstaking and careful preparation. It is this extensive preparation that makes all the difference to our own experience and means we can guide you competently and safely on your own journey to

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