Training Thursday: I Am Pack Leader… Aren’t I…?

Pack Leader

‘I am pack leader’ came the all too familiar phrase from a new client. I asked what she meant by that phrase and was told that the dogs ‘needed to know who’s boss’. They needed to be ‘kept in their place’ and needed to ‘obey’, just like they would in…

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Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are

Be The Person - Dog

We talk a lot about the relationship between you and your dog being at the heart of teaching, training and generally learning to live together.   If you’re involved in any way with working with people, you’ll know that finding out what motivates them, supporting them as they learn and…

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I Don’t Really Like Dogs! One Story From A Social Project

Social Project Canine Hope

‘I don’t really like dogs,’ said Gwen, an older woman who slowly entered the room to join our Canine Hope programme. As I stood with my friend and canine co-tutor, Bruno, a three-legged Staffordshire Bull Terrier, I wasn’t 100% sure how to respond. I mean, the clue’s in the title,…

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Training Thursday: Fireworks, Noise & Hiding Behind The Sofa

Fireworks

It’s a hot topic of conversation at this time of year. Whether you love them or hate them (we hate them!), you probably won’t escape them. It’s ‘fireworks’ time. It’s no surprise that most dogs are frightened of them. We can’t even begin to understand the volume at which they’re…

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Training Thursday: A Liver Cake Recipe Your Dog Will Love

Liver Cake

I’m often asked about ‘the best’ treats for dogs or the food rewards that dogs will always respond to. Well, in all honesty, they don’t exist. There isn’t a ‘magic treat’ that will transform your dog into a recall champion, sorry! Finding the rewards that your dog loves is simply…

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