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Why do dogs wear a muzzle?

Why do dogs wear a muzzle?

This post is for all the people who are doing their utmost to protect their dog by using a muzzle, and hopefully dispel any myths or stigmas surrounding muzzles. The first thought that might enter someones head when they see a dog with a muzzle is ‘that dog is dangerous’. And whilst the dog may […]

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  07/04/2019   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
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
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