Luke's Dog School | Tips on reading your dogs body language

Last Sunday we headed out on our May Fetch & Follow dog walk where we were joined by dog trainer Luke Balsam from Luke's school of dog. The weather was beautiful and as a group we spent the morning exploring Hampstead Heath while Luke shared with us tips on how to spot and read the body language our dogs our showing us.

Luke has been kind enough to share some additionally tips for all of your who couldn't attend the walk, along with some links to helpful information sheets.

Dog Body Language
Remember, we must first know what our dog is like a relaxed and in a playful state so we can determine if the state they are in now is unrelaxed. When reading a dogs body language try to understand the context and look at the whole dog, the tail, ears, body position, eyes, mouth, etc.

Also, think about the breed, their natural body shape and body position and how that breed interacts and plays (it will differ depending on breed)

Useful information sheets on a dogs body language

Top 5 Dog Friendly Places to Visit | Hampstead Area

For the month of May we ventured north again to one of our favourite London park areas, Hampstead Heath. We love visiting the Heath to enjoy a long walk and swim with our dogs, plus the sounding area is full of lovely dog friendly places.

(68-69 Hampstead High St, NW3 1QP)

We could have spent the whole day in this beautiful Waterstones book store, located just a short walk from Hampstead Heath Station. With so many books to choose from and in such a welcoming dog friendly atmosphere, it made for the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon and what a great activity to do with your dog; book shopping/ reading with your dog? 

(65 S End Rd, Hampstead, NW3 2QB)

This cute little cafe and store is located very close to the park and is perfect for a post dog walk coffee and pastry. The team are really friendly and welcoming and there is a great atmosphere to the store. The gift store is located at the back of the cafe where you will find a selection of beautiful things to shop for the home and yourself. Plus they have a picture wall for dogs, which obviously tells us a lot about the place - so lovely.

(14 S End Rd, Hampstead, NW3 2QE)

This pub is gorgeous in and out. Located only a few seconds away from the park and Hampstead Heath station, we really enjoy going there on a Sunday afternoon for a delicious Sunday roast. Plus the pub garden and inside areas are so big, dogs of any size are welcome.

(14 Pond St, Hampstead, NW3 2PS) 

If you’re looking to have a nice, cosy brunch or afternoon tea after a long walk with you dog this is the place to go. We really enjoyed visiting this deli & kitchen, with seating outside we spent the afternoon tucking into some delicious cake and coffee.


(32 Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, NW3 1NH)

If you’re after a great meal, we found this Italian restaurant just a few minutes away from the park where dogs are welcome on their terrace. They serve delicious Italian specialities, using fresh ingredients at an affordable price. The high street the restaurant is situated on is lively, and their outdoor seating area is perfect for some dog and people watch.

Walk and Talk Series | Fetch & Follow Dog Walks | May

After a break for Easter our Fetch & Follow Walk and Talk series is back and this time we are taking the walk to a new area of London! For our May walk we will be venturing to the beautiful Hampstead Heath where we will be joined by dog trainer Luke Balsam who runs Luke's Dog School who will be talking us through tips on how to read your dog's body language. He will be explaining the importance of understanding what your dog (and other dogs) body language is actually saying to us when out and about in the park and how we can use this to ensure our dogs are happy and feel safe.

Luke started his career as a dog trainer aged 12, when he taught the family’s golden retriever some tricks. In return, his current dog, a rescue cocker spaniel, has taught Luke a few tricks about high-energy dogs that always need a job. Now a fully qualified dog trainer, Luke has a deep passion for helping and working with rescue dogs: he has managed Therapaws, the animal therapy programme of Mayhew in London, and still volunteers with the NAWT at its kennels to help train dogs to help with their rehoming chances. When he is not with homeless pooches, he trains dogs and owners how to live together happily.

The walk will taking place on Sunday the 26th May at Hampstead Heath at 11am
To book your space CLICK HERE
*Photo credit for the central image from Wunderdog Magazine by George Baxter