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Pets Corner: My dog is just being friendly!

A client complained to me that she was getting tired of having her dog labelled as a ‘problem’ dog by other dog owners. The issue is that her dog does not want to be friends with every dog she meets and, if pushed, will lunge and bark at some dogs that get into her face, especially if she is on the lead. It is increasingly the case that unless owners have a dog that is universally phlegmatic, happy to engage with dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, then there has to be a problem with that dog’s temperament…..right? Well no, dogs are individuals and some are just naturally more precious about their personal space. Some are born aloof, some may have had a scary dog encounter when young and now view all other dogs with suspicion, and others may feel unwell. The worst offenders are new puppy owners who believe that socialisation of their hound is best achieved by letting the pup or adolescent dog, jump all over every dog it meets out in …

Autumn Winter Fashion Trends from Local Stores and Designers

Forties Film Star Glamour Samsoe & Samsoe Ashley Faux Fur Jacket, £269, from Bias, Bellenden Road, SE15. Essentiel Miscounsin1 Pencil Skirt, £169, Question Air, Lordship Lane, SE22 Diamonds by the Metre. Tiny diamond beads strung in her Dulwich studio on yellow gold wire by Jessica Walker. Prices vary according to length. jessicawalkerjewellery.co.uk or call 020 8299 3456 for an appointment. Ma Griffe by Carven, £75, Roullier White, Lordship Lane, SE22 Vintage Style Sportswear Classics with Minimal, Technical Spec Accessories Maison Kitsuné Cotton Sweatshirt, £125, Question Air Arkk Grey & Black Raven Trainers, £81, Question Air Bellroy Slim Line Card Case, £39, Roullier White Long Jacket in Smoke by Rains, £90, Bunka, Dartmouth Road, SE23 Bold Prints, High Neck Lines, Tailor Cuts Burnt Orange Print Top, £84, Tomlinson’s, Dulwich Village, SE21 Ganni Donaldson Cabinet Silk Dress, £245, Bias. Check Print Tunic by Saint Tropez, £42.95, Jumping Bean, Honor Oak Park, SE23 Spots and Dots Yellow Gold Necklace with Peridot, Citrine, Blue Topaz, Amethyst and Brushed Gold Disks, £145, Jessica Walker. Spot Top, £84, From Ed. North Cross …

The Last Word: Anne Coates, freelance editor and writer

 Anne has worked both as a freelance editor and a writer, having had published seven nonfiction books and two collections of short stories. As a journalist she has contributed to national newspapers and women’s magazines. She lives in East Dulwich with three cats who are still waiting to become characters in her fiction. Her début crime novel, Dancers in the Wind, is published this month by Urbane Publications. How long have you lived in the area? East Dulwich has been my home for over 30 years. I wrote the first draft on my crime novel in the early 90s. The heroine lives in my house so to speak and when I decided to rewrite it last year and try for publication, I was immediately aware of all the changes to the area I had witnessed. Lordship Lane was hardly the vibrant place it is now and there were more butcher’s shops than trendy places to wine and dine. My local has transformed from the Crystal Palace Tavern to the CPT to its current incarnation as …

Pets Corner: My dog won’t come when I call

Poor recall has to be one of the top reasons for calling in a dog trainer. It is not unusual to see exasperated owners anxiously speed-walking around the park repeatedly calling their dog’s name while the hound in question is nowhere to be seen. Equally common is the dog that dances around enticingly, just out of range of its owner, refusing to have its lead put on. Poor recall is not only inconvenient it is also dangerous; the ability to call your dog away from something could one day save his life. Of course, you won’t be surprised to learn that the fault lies not with the dog but with the owner. Recall is a vital command and has to be built with care throughout the dog’s early years before it is reliable. Alas, many owners stop training after puppy school. The fact is most puppies do have good recall- it makes sense for young animals to stay close to the security of owners, but this all falls apart at adolescence when the youngster discovers …

Garden Talk: Gardening leave

As well as planning your holiday wardrobe, a few hours work in the garden before you go away will go a long way to ensure you come back to a thriving garden. Lawns Mow the lawn a few days before you leave but don’t cut it too short if the weather is hot and dry – long grass copes much better with drought than short grass. Edge with long handled shears to neaten it up and clear edges of weeds and areas for slugs to lurk in. If the grass is long when you get back keep your blades raised for the first few cuts. And don’t despair if it’s yellow. Grass is pretty tough and will soon green up again after a good downpour. Containers Put your potted plants on saucers, or even something bigger like a paddling pool, to collect possible rainwater. (But check the forecast, as plants don’t like to be in standing water.) Soaked capillary matting can also get them through a week without being watered. Moving pots to semi shade …