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Sarah Whitehead

Keep It Simple, Savvy?!

Dog training and behaviour is a fascinating and complex subject, constantly combining both science and ‘art’. A good trainer learns to use both knowledge and instinct, and should be proud of the fact. However, even when presented with the most ingrained and difficult behaviour problems,...

Sarah Whitehead

Theory V Practice

Thought for the day – theory versus practice   The Theory Behaviours that have been taught have been brought under the owner’s control simply by putting them on cue. What this means is that in the initial stages of training, the handler refrains from putting a command on...

Sarah Whitehead

Stress In Perspective

The credit crunch, global recession, bad news on the TV, too much work, not enough time… we all experience stress, don’t we? As humans, we know all too well what the symptoms can feel like – and how it can make us behave. What causes dogs...

Sarah Whitehead

The Wonders of The Baby Gate

The baby gate. Does anyone apart from dog owners buy these? Baby gates are wonderful because they allow access, whilst offering a physical barrier to give safety or simply restriction. OK, I appreciate that these contraptions may be slightly annoying for humans because they often require...

Sarah Whitehead

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...

Sarah Whitehead

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...