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
It’s never too late, or too early, to start training your dog, so what better time to make a training plan and set some goals than the start of the year? Christmas is a time where we often become all too aware of those niggly issues with our dogs. We can easily fall into routines … Continue reading New Year Resolutions: Training Goals
Following on from our New Puppy blog, we also have to consider those who have started the year with a new rescue dog. Whether your adopted dog is young or old, there are many things to think about when they arrive in your home. The New Year can seem the ideal time to begin life … Continue reading New Year, New Rescue Dog
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
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
Puppies are adorable. They’re cute, silly, mischievous and endless fun, but it’s not long before those little needle-sharp teeth start to really irritate you. It’s the painful side of puppyhood which we often forget about ... puppies BITE. Your puppy is not being ‘aggressive’, he does not need to ‘learn who’s boss’ and he is … Continue reading Puppy Biting: The Why’s, What’s, What-Nots and How’s
The phrase ‘residential training’ comes with a stigma attached. A quick Google search brings up numerous articles stating all the disadvantages and the ‘why-nots’. I’ll be the first to admit residential training isn’t suitable for every dog or every owner. It does have pros and cons, and it’s by no means a ‘quick fix’, nor … Continue reading The Residential Debate
Owning a dog who jumps up at people can be one of the most embarrassing and frustrating challenges in dog ownership. It's such a common behaviour, but it can seem impossible to change. Sometimes it feels like you’ve tried everything, maybe you’ve started out by gently saying ‘get down’ or ‘off’ but unfortunately dogs don’t … Continue reading Jumping Up: Are you rewarding bad behaviours?