There is so much emphasis these days on ensuring your dog has plenty of stimulation, there is a bigger focus on enrichment activities, on making sure your dog isn’t bored, and providing plenty of activities. But where do you draw the line? There is no question that all these things are important, but as with … Continue reading The Under-stimulated Dog – Where is the Balance?
As a dog trainer, you meet a whole range of people and dogs, you meet the ones who look for a ‘quick fix’ and the ones who have somehow ended up with a near ‘perfect’ dog despite openly admitting they’ve made mistakes or have put no real thought into their dogs training or socialisation. And … Continue reading Genetics and Behaviour
Huge numbers of dogs live in cities around the UK, and while many have no issues with living in a city environment, there are many who find it a daily struggle. There’s no question that the lifestyle of these dogs does differ from those who live in quieter towns, suburban or rural areas, and while … Continue reading City Dogs: Living the Dream or Trapped in a Nightmare?
We can be quick to get frustrated with our dogs when they ignore us, we can also be quick to label our dogs as ‘stubborn’ or as having ‘selective hearing’. The problem with this is that it puts the blame on our dogs and it can become an excuse for poor training. We might give … Continue reading Is your dog being naughty or does he just not understand you?
It’s fairly standard to assume that not all people will get along with each other. Some people clash, perhaps because they have different personalities, different interests, different moral standards, or different motivations, but that’s part of human life. Yet when our dogs don’t get along with every single dog, we suddenly think there’s something wrong … Continue reading How Sociable is Your Dog?
Are breed traits important in dog training, or is it really all about the individual dog? (*Disclaimer: Some sweeping generalisations will be made in this article) It’s true that every dog is an individual and, regardless of their breed, they will have their own unique personality traits which require a broader thinking than simply signing … Continue reading Train the dog in front of you, not the breed?
How do you train a dog who has a taste for hunting ...? We love to watch our dogs enjoy their walks, running through the fields and burning off their energy. But this can soon turn to panic when your dog disappears longer than you expect or you watch them take off in hot pursuit … Continue reading The Hunting Habit
Owning a dog isn’t always the idyllic dream we wish it was, it takes hard work and commitment in many ways, and training your dog can be one of the biggest challenges. Some people are blessed with a dog who never really requires a second thought when it comes to training, almost like they’re just … Continue reading How to Stop Your Dog’s Bad Behaviour
Sometimes having one dog just isn’t quite enough and the sight of a new puppy in the park gets us all broody for one of our own. There’s something about having two dogs … double the love, twice the fun … all the more chaos? Bringing a second dog into the family isn’t a simple … Continue reading Getting a Second Dog … When is a Good Time?
Many dogs become skilled thieves, they know how to steal food off worktops, tables or out on walks. It’s often not exclusive to food, it could also be socks, tissues or all manner of random and disgusting items. It’s such a common, frustrating, and potentially dangerous problem, yet it’s also one of the most challenging … Continue reading Dogs Who Steal