You know that feeling when one day it feels like everything is going to plan, that problem you’ve been trying to solve is all starting to make sense and come together, you’re on the right track and it’s great. And then suddenly, you hit a hurdle and all that progress seems to fall apart. It … Continue reading Regressions in Dog Training: Is it normal or did I do something wrong?
Dogs bark. It’s a fact. It’s their way of communicating with us, so as much as we find it annoying, it’s only fair that rather than screaming “JUST BE QUIET” at them, we should take the time to understand what they’re trying to tell us. Without properly understanding why your dog is barking, there is … Continue reading Barking Barking Barking
The phrase “Ditch the Bowl” has become a popular term in the world of dog training and enrichment, with the idea to make mealtimes more fun and enriching for our dogs. The concept encourages us to stop using a regular bowl to feed our dogs and instead replace it with games or activities which involve … Continue reading “Ditch The Bowl” … Should we really?
Who doesn’t love to start the year with a new challenge? Maybe it’s a New Years resolution … get fit, eat healthy, dry January … it’s all about a fresh start and a new attitude. How long we last in these resolutions is another story. Perhaps your new challenge comes in the form of a … Continue reading New Year, New Puppy
Our dogs are a huge part of our lives so when they display behaviours which cause us problems or complicate our lives, naturally we want to ‘fix’ them as quickly as possible, ideally with as little effort as possible too. Residential dog training is often branded as a ‘quick fix’, there’s an assumption that that’s … Continue reading How long does it take to train a dog: Setting realistic goals and ‘fixing’ problems
The word ‘dominance’ will be taken in different ways by different people when it’s used in context of our dogs. Some people will be instantly horrified, the negative connotations of the word will make them run a mile. Others will feel strongly that it’s an important word and the fundamentals of dog training should be … Continue reading The Danger with Dominance Training in Dogs
“Adopt Don’t Shop” has become a popular slogan in recent years. We’re encouraged more and more to adopt dogs and not buy puppies from breeders, but rescuing a dog isn’t right for everyone and it can quickly turn sour if adopters aren’t prepared for the reality of bringing a new dog into their home. Many … Continue reading “Adopt Don’t Shop”… Things to Consider
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?