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Happy Vets Visits

Happy Vets Visits

Happy Vets Visits Is your dog afraid of visiting the vets? It’s a common phobia in dogs, turning any normally happy pup into a quivering wreck.  It’s about as pleasant as visiting the dentist for most people.  And can be stressful for both dog and owner. Why is my dog scared? The veterinarian office is […]

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  02/06/2018   No comments
Help! My dog wont listen to me!

Help! My dog wont listen to me!

  They might have big ears, but more often than not I get complaints that clients dog JUST WONT LISTEN TO THEM!! Do you find yourself repeatedly yelling commands at your dog to no avail?  You’re not alone.  It can be frustrating when your dog seems to find everything else in the area interesting apart […]

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  10/04/2018   No comments
Are You Bribing Your Dog?

Are You Bribing Your Dog?

Sometimes when dog training, it can feel like you are bribing your dog more than rewarding him.  If your dog only sits when you have a treat in hand, or only comes in from the rain when a carrot is on offer, then it sounds like you are most likely bribing your dog. So whats […]

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  06/04/2018   No comments
Are designer dogs worth the price tag?

Are designer dogs worth the price tag?

Puggles, Labradoodles, and Maltipoo’s, they look cute, they sound cute, but are they worth the extra money?  A pedigree Labrador puppy can cost between £600-£800, a Labradoodle £900 to £1500.  Or the latest cross breed, Double Doodles will set you back £1,300-£1,600. So what is the difference between pedigree and designer dogs? Pedigree Breeds A […]

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  14/01/2018   No comments
Fireworks Phobia – Training Starts Now!!

Fireworks Phobia – Training Starts Now!!

Fireworks Phobia – Training Starts Now!! So it’s that time of year again, get ready for toffee apples, parkin, and fireworks!  Its only late September and I can hear the odd firework even now.  Unfortunately for some dogs this means it’s time to hide.  The random booms and fizzles can be terrifying.  Some dogs may […]

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  23/09/2017   No comments
Counter Conditioning and Desensitization

Counter Conditioning and Desensitization

Desensitization and Counter Conditioning Desensitization and counter conditioning are two phrases you may hear me say several times throughout a behaviour modification plan.  This is a popular behaviour modification technique which aims to change the dogs emotional response to a feared trigger.  Creating a relaxed and happy dog when in the presence of something that […]

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  23/09/2017   1 comment
Learning Theory – 4 Quadrants Of Dog Training

Learning Theory – 4 Quadrants Of Dog Training

Today I’m going to delve into the dogs mind a little bit. To train dogs, we need to understand how the mind works and what makes them tick.  There are 4 quadrants involved in learning; positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment and negative punishment.  Each of these quadrants ends with a consequence that can make […]

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  27/06/2017   2 comments
8 Reasons your dog training doesn’t work

8 Reasons your dog training doesn’t work

Dog Training – What not to do Dog training can be extremely stressful, frustrating and leave you wondering why your dog just won’t do as he is told.  There can be many, many different reasons for this.  I feel it’s super important to recognize why your training may not be as effective as you would […]

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  25/06/2017   No comments
Nervous Dogs And The Yellow Dog Project

Nervous Dogs And The Yellow Dog Project

  Nervous Dog And The Yellow Dog Project   Have you ever had or encountered nervous dogs who are a little wary of other people? Panic at the sight of another dog or jogger? Or is especially jumpy if unexpected people appear from around corners? I have! And let me tell you, it is not […]

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  08/06/2017   No comments