Early Morning Barking

A beautiful early morning walk with Ben puppy

A beautiful early morning walk with Ben puppy

Lately I have been getting lots of people writing in asking for help with their dogs early waking behaviour. One of the most difficult times when we bring home a new puppy are the early mornings, seven days a week. It can be exhausting and disruptive to the home and even neighbours. Here’s a little information on why it occurs and some strategies for help.

Early morning rising is not usually the problem, it’s the barking associated with it that causes the most distress to everyone. Puppies will often bark to let you know they are awake, over time your puppy may start to bark earlier and earlier to get you up. Continue reading

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One-On-One Dog Training

DSC07395Group dog training has been around for decades and has now become an acceptable norm when people seek to train their dog but for many people and their dogs one-on-one training proves to be a better option, particularly in the beginning of your training.

One-on-one dog training can be wonderful for anyone, people with an older dog, people with a puppy, families, individuals, novice handlers and even experienced handlers. The beauty of one-on-one lessons is Continue reading

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Mat Training

Coco learning to relax on her mat

Coco learning to relax on her mat

Teaching your dog to go to a spot and remain there through distractions can be a really helpful management tool. For dogs who are prone to excitability or fear mat training can give them boundaries for containment and security. Mat training will teach your dog to settle in a spot until released, where they can still feel part of the family. Mat training is not a ‘stay’ exercise, rather it’s a ‘relax’ exercise and is a great alternative to locking your dog away, it just requires some consistency and training.

Lets go through the steps of mat training. Before you start you will need the following, Continue reading

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Our Side Of The Partnership

Hello. I need some help with my human.

Hello. I need some help with my human.

When people call me we often discuss their dogs undesirable behaviours and it led me to think about the behaviours people engage in and how it may impact our dogs.

If dogs could call a human trainer here are a few things I think they may say. Continue reading

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Toilet Training An Older Dog

A dog door can help with toilet training an older dog

A dog door can help with toilet training an older dog

Many people choose to adopt adult dogs thinking they can bypass many of the ‘issues’ associated with puppies, and for many adult dogs this is true, but for some adult dogs basic skills like toilet training may be a lesson they still need to learn.

Older dogs can sometimes take a little longer to toilet train because they have already spent months, if not years learning to toilet inappropriately. This is particularly true for dogs who have spent their lives in cages or other small enclosed areas. You will need patience with an older dog to give him time to not only unlearn old habits but to learn new behaviours at the same time. Make toilet training a top priority in the first few months of living with your new dog, this may require a super effort but in a few months toilet training will be learned and you can move on to something else. Continue reading

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