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
Having one dog is great, but how many people soon start thinking about the prospect of adding another dog, or maybe two doesn’t seem quite enough either. It can appear simple but there is a lot to think about when living with multiple dogs, not just the added time they require, but also the risk … Continue reading Managing a Multidog Household
“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?
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?