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Silent Training

Silent Training

People talk too much! Yap, Yap, Yap! I’m guilty of this too, I like a good natter, especially with the dogs! But sometimes, 🎶 you say it best when you say nothing at all 🎶 Silent training should be the absolute first step. See we say a lot of junky words that our dogs just […]

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  18/09/2019   No comments
Restricting Options

Restricting Options

Sometimes, in dog training, I allow my dog to make a choice to learn what will be rewarded and what won’t. And other times, those options need to be restricted. There is still a choice. But the choice is limited. It’s like asking a child what they want to drink. If coca cola is an […]

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  17/09/2019   No comments
No repeats

No repeats

It is ironic how often I have to repeat to my students, not to repeat their commands! And I get that it is hard advice to follow. It’s just so tempting to reaffirm a command if your dog doesn’t sit the first time. Far too often I hear ‘sit, sit, sit, SIT!’ In my training […]

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  16/09/2019   No comments
Puppy Blues

Puppy Blues

Getting a new puppy is one of the most exciting times in life. The agony of waiting for her to come home. The anticipation of a new adventure with your new best friend. Puppies can be rewarding, but frustrating at the same time. Pee, poo, play The excitement of a new friend can soon wear […]

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  15/09/2019   No comments
Arousal in dogs

Arousal in dogs

It’s ok, I’ll wait for the giggles to stop…. Finished? Great, so let’s talk about arousal. Arousal, (not the kind you are thinking of) has a dramatic affect on the day to day behaviour of your dog. What is arousal? Arousal, in essence, is the responsiveness of your dog to accept behaviour cues. Too much […]

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  14/09/2019   No comments
‘It’s OK, He’s Friendly!’

‘It’s OK, He’s Friendly!’

Nothing makes me cringe more. Fellow reactive dog owners will know what I mean. And it’s not that we have a problem with your dog. I’m sure he is super friendly. (Well most of the time they are). But we cringe for our own training. And worry about both our dog and yours. And if […]

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  12/09/2019   No comments
Short cuts don’t work

Short cuts don’t work

I get a ton of people, every other day, telling me that their dog won’t do one of two things, or sometimes even both. Come back when called Walk nicely on lead And I have a super simple answer to both of these problems. But people don’t want to hear it. Or they don’t want […]

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  10/09/2019   No comments
Do I need a dog trainer or behaviourist?

Do I need a dog trainer or behaviourist?

When your dog has a behaviour problem, who do you turn to? Did you know that there was more than one type of dog expert? Not all dog experts are the same, or qualified to deal with the problem. Dog Trainers The problem is often the motivations behind the behaviour. Why is your dog doing […]

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  06/04/2019   No comments
Be your dog’s hero!

Be your dog’s hero!

Today’s blog occurred to me whilst George was having his quick lunchtime loo break. Usually the streets around me are very quiet and dog free at lunchtimes, and with George being occasionally grumpy towards other dogs, its a perfect time for a relaxed walk. Today not so much though! Now George has come a long […]

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  02/04/2019   No comments
Should I punish my dog?

Should I punish my dog?

SIf there is one question that I get asked time and again it’s this one, ‘should I punish my dog?’ It’s an understandable question.  There is so much information on the internet, and it can be quite confusing.  So, to punish or not to punish, that is the question. Every time a dog makes a […]

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  25/02/2019   No comments