About Me

Hi there and thanks for dropping by.

My name is Denise and I am a mezzo-soprano, vocal coach, piano teacher and blogger. I am passionate about what I do however, I have one other passion - animals - and in particular dogs.

I have spent my life surrounded by animals of various shapes and sizes; horses, dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, fish...you name it - within reason of course - and I have probably had one (or more) at some time. I love all my animals equally but what I am particularly fascinated by is the psychology of animals and as I said,  in particular, dogs.

Every day in life I see people who don't allow their dogs to be dogs or people with dogs that are so badly behaved that they can hardly control them. I see people who have resorted to cruel methods of control after visiting 'dog trainers' who have advised them that cruelty is the only way the dog can be controlled. I truly believe that if people took the time to find out how their dogs 'tick' and found out a bit about traits of specific breeds then many dogs would have a better life. There are many fantastic dog trainers out there but people seem to think that there is nothing to owning a dog; that they don't need help; that if they ask for help it shows some kind of weakness. After all everyone else seems to manage it without any problems - or do they?

Recently I was talking to a friend who breeds gundogs. I was bemoaning the plight of dogs in general and she suggested that if I felt so strongly about it, why didn't I set up a blog where people can come for advice, information and general dogginess.

So here at 'Laughing with their Tails' you will find advice about dogs, stories about dogs, tips about how dogs' minds work, information on different breeds and some of the successful training techniques that I have used over the years. If I can help just one person to have a better relationship with their dog(s) then this blog will have been a success in my eyes. Please feel free to comment on any of the posts or share your doggy stories.

Storm and Wolfie
I currently share my home with two German Shepherds, a 3 year old male who we got as a puppy and a 5 year old female who we rescued just over a year ago. I also have a 12 year old cockatiel and a 14 year old piebald cob.

'Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.'  ~ Max Eastman, Enjoyment of Laughter