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Confessions of a Dog Trainer. Part 4: I Leave my Dogs Alone All the Time!

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I’m just back from a weekend away. The dogs came too. They come with me whenever possible. Without blinking we went to dinner in the hotel and left the…

Confessions of a Dog Trainer. Part 3: Front Door Shenanigans

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We sometimes see habits in other people’s dogs which leave us saying to ourselves ‘that would really annoy me.’ So if i stood back and watched how my dogs…

Dispelling the Myths. Tuggy, Retrieve & Safe Play.

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I still regularly hear from clients that they have been told they shouldn’t play tug with their dog. It causes…

Confessions of a Dog Trainer. Part 2: Sleeping on the Bed!

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It’s confession time again. My dogs occasionally sleep on my bed overnight and often join me for a lie-in at the weekend. This has zero impact on their…

Dog Tired? When Exercise Wakes him Up Rather than Tires Him Out!

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Many years ago, at a seminar in Edinburgh, I heard Patricia McConnell say that most dog walks wake the dog up, rather than tire the dog out. ‘But…

How Long Does it Take to Train a Dog?

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At puppy class on Tuesday night, we started retrieve training. Students were shown this video, with the steps needed to train a reliable retrieve to hand.  The video compresses…

Confessions of a Dog Trainer. Part 1: Feeding from the Table!

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I have a confession. I sometimes feed my dogs from the table.  When…

Make the Most of the Games You Play!

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Did you know that playing repeated fetch with your dog, apart from being potentially damaging to their joints can create a super athlete adrenaline junkie who needs to feel…

Improving Recall without Toys, Food or Even Talking!

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I’m a huge fan of using food and toys as a means of providing fun, motivation to focus and reward for good behaviour. This is never more relevant on…

5 Ways My Puppy Reminds me of a Toddler

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Anthropomorphising animals isn’t a good idea and usually gets us into all kinds of trouble. Dogs are not furry babies. They are their own species, with a totally different…

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