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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

Games Day

How often do you play with your dog? Is it part of your routine together, or something that gets sidelined depending on your mood and motivation after a hard day? Do you prioritise training or physical exercise over games with your dog? Perhaps now’s the...

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

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...