Everyone wants a happy, healthy dog. When we decide to bring a dog in to our lives we have already formed a picture of wonderful walks, fun play times and total loyalty, we seem to expect these things. What we skip over is the level of commitment required to attain such a relationship. There are steps that everyone needs to be aware of to increase the likelihood of having a good dog. The more you are able to answer ‘yes’ to the following questions the more likely you will have a dog who is confident and happy and therefore easy to live with. If you are reading this and don’t have a dog yet, you are my favourite person! Continue reading
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
Group 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
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