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When should I start training my dog?

When should I start training my dog?

The answer is NOW! Whatever your dog’s age – it is never too early (or too late) to start training. BUT you don’t have to wait for a special class or a specific age to begin. Maybe we need to change our understanding of what dog training actually is and what is...

Why Isn’t My Dog Listening to Me?

Why Isn’t My Dog Listening to Me?

Try "The Pause" If your dog isn't listening to you there is one incredibly valuable and often overlooked tool in your canine communication tool belt... The Pause. We often see humans repeating a command over and over and over again "at" their dog.. becoming more and...

Is Your Dog Excited Or Stressed?

Is Your Dog Excited Or Stressed?

IS YOUR DOG EXCITED OR STRESSED? Did you know that many dogs appear excited when they are actually feeling stressed? Like many other owners, you may be very surprised to learn that what you thought was happy behaviour is in fact your dog feeling overwhelmed or...

When your dog growls at you or your kids.

I recently came across a post by a large welfare organisation promoting advice on dog behaviour, specifically what to do if your dog growls at you or your kids. The heading read: "Never tell off a dog for growling. A dog won't bite if a growl will do." It went on to...

Does Ignoring Bad Behaviour Work?

Does Ignoring Bad Behaviour Work?

Ignoring Unwanted Behaviour – Does It Work? This continues to be an area of confusion for many owners, and no wonder, for the answer can be yes OR no! It depends on the situation. Let’s use the example of a dog who jumps all over you when you get home or when you go...

The Gift of Consequence

The Gift of Consequence

Creating a Good Attitude and Co-operative Behaviour– what to do when your dog won’t listen. Search the internet and there is no end to the debate regarding the use of positive and negative consequence in training dogs. Interestingly, there doesn’t seem to be any...

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