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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…

Jellybean Week 6. Training Foundations for ‘On Your Bed’.

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Jellybean has been learning ‘On Your Bed’ recently.  We started sowing the seeds that his bed is a great place to be, really early on, using basic shaping, as…

Jellybean Week 5. Foundations for Forming Good Habits Not Bad

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It was once said that 3 repetitions of any learning & most dogs have got it! The foundations of a behaviour is there, set down for further progress & learning. It…

Jellybean Week 4 Training Foundations for Eye Contact

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I am an unapologetic user of food when it comes to training my dogs. Jellybean was chosen for his equal love of toys and food. Motivating a dog to…

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