Dog Watching

Ah, the joys of modern technology. OK, I know that it drives us crazy when it doesn’t work, but when it does, well… it opens up whole new avenues for study and research in the arena of canine behaviour. For many years, I have videoed dogs whenever I get the chance. At the risk of…

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Shape yourself to do more training

There’s little doubt that most of us could do more of it – training that is! Trying to juggle dog training in with the rest of daily life can be quite a task, especially in a busy household where there are literally hundreds of other factors competing for your attention. Bearing in mind that even…

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Practical steps for polite lead walking

Gently does it There’s no need for punishment or harsh equipment when training your dog to walk nicely on the lead. Prong collars and choke chains have no place in today’s training and can cause behavioural and physical injury. Let’s be more imaginative. Modern training techniques are fun, friendly, fast and effective. 1  Start as…

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Pulling on a Lead – The Secret Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know

Want to know a dog-training secret? One that your dog would rather you didn’t know? Shhhh! Dogs like pulling on the lead. There are lots of reasons for this. Some breeds are simply designed to pull: Staffies and Huskies spring to mind, but lots of other dogs enjoy it too. Why? Well, because they get…

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Safety First

Ever heard something like this? “I don’t need to train my dog, he’s ….only tiny/is naturally obedient/is good with the family …” You can fill in the blanks… but what I always want to ask, is ‘what about in an emergency?’ Preparing your dog in advance for any eventuality might seem like looking at the…

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Dog in the City

It’s tempting to think about the quintessential British dog out enjoying the beautiful UK countryside, with green-wellied owner in tow. Of course, many of our dogs do live the perfect country life, ‘hunting, shootin’ and fishin’ (aka, sniffing for squirrels, running in the woods and wallowing in muddy puddles). However, at least as many live…

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Difficult breeds, special needs?

Do you own a Greyhound that sits on command, or a Beagle that comes when it’s called?! Well done! You have managed to put yourself in a class of your own! All too often we are given definitions and descriptions of breed characteristics which we simply accept as being true, and this can easily give…

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Think Dog!

I try not to confess how many years ago it was that I did John Fisher’s original home-study course “Think Dog!” However, the effect that it had on me was utterly profound. Within only a few short months, my interest in dog behaviour went from fascination to addiction – and I started on a path…

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Early days – why puppies can be fearful

Puppies should be bright, bouncy and into everything. They should be filled with natural curiosity and sociability. They should be friendly and have the confidence to approach and be handled. I have just returned from seeing a puppy as a behaviour case which was anything but – and it nearly broke my heart. This 14-week-old…

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Question everything – especially dog behaviour advice!

Would you jump off a cliff if someone asked you? How about give your hard-earned money to strangers in the street,  just because they told you you should? Simply acting on other people’s advice can be risky if you don’t know what that advice is based on and you don’t consider the possible consequences. Sadly,…

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