Trigger Stacking

Trigger Stacking

Trigger stacking is the process of experiencing lots of triggers in a short space of time sending your dog into a melt down. If your dog doesn’t have the opportunity to calm down after a scary experience, stress levels will continue to rise. Once a dog has reached his...
It’s Quicker With Clicker

It’s Quicker With Clicker

Clickers are little mechanical devices that make a distinct click noise which communicates to the dog that the action they have just performed was correct. This is known as marking the behaviour. The click is followed by a positive reinforcer like food so the dog is...
Keeping All Four On The Floor

Keeping All Four On The Floor

Jumping up is a common problem with bigger dogs getting themselves into more trouble than smaller dogs (for obvious reasons) but it is the same issue regardless of size.  As with most behaviour modification it is important to understand the reason or motive behind the...
Do you walk your dog or do you walk WITH your dog?

Do you walk your dog or do you walk WITH your dog?

Pulling on lead is a subject that is often complained about by dog owners and although people want a dog to walk on a loose lead they don’t know where to start with teaching and we don’t teach the dog how to walk on a loose lead it can result in a lifetime of misery...
Who’s Top Dog in Your House?

Who’s Top Dog in Your House?

The theory of dominance and pack positions has been around for a long time but the theory has also been debunked for many many years. The theory originated in the 1930’s and 40’s by a group of scientists studying wolves in a captive environment noting how they...
Brrr It’s Cold!

Brrr It’s Cold!

With the cold weather upon us we must consider the effects it can have on our dogs, especially puppies and the elderly. There are many things we can do to help our dogs and here are a few ideas: Ensure their bedding is dry and give them extra bedding at night.  Make...
If You Don’t Use It You’ll Loose It

If You Don’t Use It You’ll Loose It

We tend to rely heavily on physical exercise but have you considered offering a mental workout to your dog? Although physical exercise is important to a dog many presume a dog needs to chase a ball or walk for hours to help tire them and yet they return home with a...
It’s All Chew Toys To Them

It’s All Chew Toys To Them

Chewing is a natural behaviour in dogs, especially in puppies when they are teething. They like to explore their world by placing things in their mouths. It relieves boredom and stress. Some owners believe their puppy has chewed an item out of spite. Although they are...
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I often think Christmas is a strange time of year for our dogs, especially those of you who are celebrating your first. With some thought and preparation there is no reason why you can’t survive Christmas with a dog.  Christmas Trees From the dog’s point of view why...
Toilet Training Puppies

Toilet Training Puppies

Toilet training in puppies involves consistency, patience and predictability. Each pup is an individual and some may take longer than others. Once the bladder and colon is full, the muscles are not developed enough to physically prevent elimination. However, you...