Puppy school is great! A good class will help you get to grips with training essentials, it will set your pup for well managed socialisation and of course you’ll have some fun along the way. But, what comes next?Read More
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Learning what your dog really enjoys isn't as easy as it sounds. But, with Christmas round the corner and a bit of spare holiday time up your sleeves, here are a few tips to try out.Read More
As everyone knows, dogs will do what works or what they think will work for them, so whenever possible make sure that what works is something that you are happy with them doing too. Be proactive when training your dog!Read More
It is important that our dogs are able to focus on us and it is fundamental to our relationship that they can fit into our environment and activities to at least some degree. But what about fitting into theirs?Read More
Small things can make a big difference to how your dog responds to training and something as simple as an odd smell or even a foggy day can be the difference between a positive training experience and a negative one. But, you can overcome these situations.Read More
Trick training isn't just cute, it's also a vital part of bonding with and training your dog.Read More
Several months ago at one of our regular walking spots we came across a lovely, although very boisterous, pup. It was clearly playful and keen to interact with our dog and, as we got closer, it started trying to pull towards us. At this point the owner violently jerked the leash several times, the pup was wearing a prong collar. Over the next few months we witnessed this same process every time the pup crossed paths with another dog.Read More
It’s holiday time! There’ll be parties, shindigs and hootenannies; a relative will drink too much, a different relative will eat too much, other relatives will argue and the much smaller relatives will stay up past their bed time and enjoy unprecedented freedom.
But what about the dog? Whether it’s a dog that’s been in the family for years, a dog visiting from another family or even a new doggy addition, there are some things we all need to remember about those smaller relatives and how they interact with the beloved dog.Read More
“No” seems like a pretty harmless word, after all it’s in human nature to say it when we don’t want something to happen. But what does “no” mean to a dog? The short answer is nothing. Until we give it meaning.Read More
The idea behind crate training is to create a safe haven for your dog, for them to have a place that they can call their own and feel secure in. Once they have been crate trained properly your dog will see it as an area they can use when they need a break from the world or some time out. You can imagine how grateful they will be to have a place all their own, especially if they are a fearful, anxious dog. If something is scaring or worrying them then they have somewhere to escape to instead of being around or hearing whatever it is that was upsetting them.Read More
A dog that guards food and/or toys is exhibiting an instinctive behaviour. In the dog world they don't tend to just let another member of their pack borrow or take what they are currently enjoying. In a domesticated dog though this natural behaviour is unacceptable and can potentially cause injury.Read More