Richard Cross

Richard is a journalist who specialises in dog behavior. He's written hundreds of articles and books related to dogs, including for the Continental Kennel Club, Dog Fest (the UK's biggest dog festival) and various veterinary surgeries. When he's not spending time with Jess and Rudy (his beloved Labrador and Golden Retrievers), he enjoys reading, hiking and watching sports.


Canine Behavior

Dog-Friendly Hiking

Positive Dog Training

Dog Care

Latest Articles From This Author


At The Dog Clinic, we partner with experts to create positive dog training courses for you and your companion. Our video courses can help you overcome common behavioral issues, teach ... Read more


Looking for a dog trainer who only uses positive and force-free methods? You’re in the right place! The Dog Clinic helps match dog owners with local trainers and behaviorists specializing ... Read more
Amira story

Street Dog With Only Two Legs Finally Gets A New Pair of Limbs

Amira the street dog was found in Thailand in 2021 with only two limbs and, tragically, a bullet wound in her head. She had miraculously survived, but after being rescued ... Read more
Dean's story

Abandoned And Scared Dog Returns To Thank His Saviors

On a gloomy day in July 2021, a stroll along a local beach became a harrowing encounter for a community member, her child, and a very poorly dog. Amidst the ... Read more

Press Kit for The Dog Clinic

Our Story The Dog Clinic aims to promote positive dog training and ethical dog ownership. We do that through our “dog first” approach, which means we only recommend products, training ... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions About The Dog Clinic

Listed below are some of the most common questions we receive at The Dog Clinic. Have a question that we haven’t answered? Please email us at [email protected]. Editorial Content What ... Read more

Dog Stories

In this section, we bring you uplifting or thought-provoking stories involving our canine companions. These include heartwarming stories of dogs finding their forever home, heroic canines helping others, and examples ... Read more
Benson's Journey to Recovery

Benson’s Brave Battle: A Neglected Beagle’s Path to a Forever Home

In the world of canine rescue, some stories stand out as beacons of hope and resilience. One such tale is that of Benson, a ten-year-old beagle with a spirit that ... Read more
A picture of Darin (Credit: Brought Darwin Home Facebook Group)

Miracle Reunion: The Heartwarming Tale of Darwin’s Rescue After Six Weeks Missing!

Late one cold evening in November, a UK Facebook group erupted in joy: Darwin, a beloved dog missing for six weeks, was finally home with his owner Sue. This was ... Read more

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Dog in prayer position

Dog Prayer Position: Is My Dog In Pain?

The dog prayer position can be a sign that your pet is in pain, especially if your dog is stretching more than normal. When dogs stretch in this way, it ... Read more
White spots on paw pads

White Bumps on Dog Paws: What Can Cause Them?

If you’ve noticed a white bump on your dog’s paws, you’re probably wondering what’s causing it – and for good reason. Bumps and lumps anywhere on your dog’s body shouldn’t ... Read more
Red paws in dogs

Dogs Paws Are Red: Potential Causes and Treatments

Have you noticed that your dog’s paws are red and irritated? Or is your pet licking their paw pads more often than normal? If so, then your dog could be ... Read more
Should you shave an Australian Shepherd?

Can You Shave An Australian Shepherd?

Are you worried about your Australian Shepherd overheating in the summer? Or are you looking for ways to reduce your Australian Shepherd’s shedding? If so, you might have considered shaving ... Read more
Intestinal worms in dogs - how do they get them?

How Do Dogs Get Intestinal Worms?

While most dog owners understandably don’t want to think too hard about parasites, the truth is that intestinal worms are a common problem for our canine companions. Worms can cause ... Read more
Why does my dog go between my legs?

Why Does My Dog Go Between My Legs? Dog Trainer Explains!

Does your dog sometimes sit or stand between your legs? This behaviour is often a sign of your dog’s affection, but it can also be due to anxiety. In this ... Read more
Why do dogs cross their paws?

Why Do Dogs Cross Their Paws?

Does your dog cross their paws when laying down? This behaviour is sometimes called “polite paws” and always makes for a cute photo opportunity! In most cases, there’s no deep ... Read more
Mental stimulation for dogs

Mental Stimulation for Dogs: 7 Activities for a Happy Pup

Every dog owner knows that daily walks are important. However, mental stimulation for dogs is often overlooked, which can lead to boredom, unhappiness, and unwanted behaviours. In this guide, I’ll ... Read more
Do Australian Shepherds shed?

Do Australian Shepherds Shed? The Simple Truth

The quick answer is that Australian Shepherds do shed their hair. They’re not the heaviest shedding dog breed, but they have a thick undercoat and long topcoat that both moult ... Read more