Learning From Mealtime Manners

Almost every person who calls me will say the following. “I know my dog can learn fast, I taught him to sit for his meals after only a couple of days. Now, he sits as soon as I pick up his bowl”. Let’s have a look at this scenario and understand why our dogs learn this skill … Read more

How To Warm Up Your Dog

A warm-up is essential to most things in life and this includes training your dog. Walking into a distracting environment ‘cold’ and then expecting your dog to work for you when he is already over-excited will perpetuate impulsive behaviours. Think of a warm-up as a time to explain to your dog what you need from him before he … Read more

What You Can Do About Puppy Mouthing

Puppy mouthing is one of the most frequent causes of concern among new puppy owners. Let’s take a look at what it is, why puppies engage in mouthing and what you can do to manage this behaviour with success. The first thing you need to know is that mouthing is normal, almost every puppy will … Read more

Mat Training Your Dog

Teaching your dog to go to a spot and remain there through distractions can be a really helpful management tool. For dogs who are prone to excitability or fear mat training can give them boundaries for containment and security. Mat training will teach your dog to settle in a spot until released, where they can … Read more

One-On-One Dog Training

Group dog training has been around for decades and has now become an acceptable norm when people seek to train their dog but for many people and their dog’s one-on-one training proves to be a better option, particularly in the beginning of your training. One-on-one dog training can be wonderful for anyone, people with an … Read more

Steps To A Happy Dog

Everyone wants a happy, healthy dog. When we decide to bring a dog into our lives we have already formed a picture of wonderful walks, fun playtimes and total loyalty, we seem to expect these things. What we skip over is the level of commitment required to attain such a relationship. There are steps that … Read more

Can I Socialize My Baby Puppy?

I want to get the message out there that you can socialise your puppy before they have completed their course of vaccinations, in fact, you must socialise your puppy as soon as you bring him home. Too many people are keeping their puppies completely shut off from the outside world because they are receiving incomplete information. Part of being … Read more

How To Toilet Train An Older Dog

Many people choose to adopt adult dogs thinking they can bypass many of the ‘issues’ associated with puppies, and for many adult dogs this is true, but for some adult dogs basic skills like toilet training may be a lesson they still need to learn. Older dogs can sometimes take a little longer to toilet … Read more

Spoiled Dogs

We live with dogs because they offer us companionship, closeness, unconditional love and loyalty, and these can be strengthened by sharing our space and love in the best way we know how through physical closeness and sharing of resources. However, traditionally we have been told we will spoil our dogs with such ‘indulgences’. People worry they … Read more