Dog Training

Help! My dog is overprotective of her ball when meeting other dogs out on a walk.

First off, I think we should look at the dog’s point of view in this. I find it makes it much easier to be understanding and avoid getting het up and cross. So you’re out walking with your human family, happily playing with a toy – and then another dog rushes up and tries to …

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How do I stop my dog nipping me when he’s overexcited?

There are two approaches to the problem of over-excitement and the subsequent problem behaviours in our dogs – either avoid the dogs getting over-excited in the first place, or train them whilst they are very excited so they learn to respond regardless of the situation. My favourite is the latter, for the simple reason that …

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My Top 10 Suggestions for Training Treats Your Dog Will Love

Adult Dogs The below are my suggestions for training treats that my dogs enjoy and I have found beneficial in building enthusiasm and excitement for the exercises and games that I play with them. However different treats will be more or less attractive to different dogs. Ella has always LOVED fishy treats, but the first …

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My dog growls at other dogs that approach on a walk – is a muzzle the answer?

First off if your dog is displaying any of the following towards other dogs, I would advise seeking professional help from a dog trainer or animal behaviourist on a 1-2-1 basis rather than a class situation: Growling Barking Snarling Lunging forward The above are signals I would use to describe how a dog is REACTING …

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Is training your dog as simple as the volume of treats you give them? (Part 2)

Following on from my thoughts in yesterday’s blog post here are another couple of key factors in why dog training just isn’t as simple as the volume of treats your give them. Confidence Clients often refer to me as the dog lady/ dog whisperer or occasionally a magician (!) because I seem to be able to …

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Is training your dog as simple as the volume of treats you give them? (Part 1)

If only it were that easy. Then you wouldn’t need people like myself, you’d be able to manage all by yourselves! The truth it, whilst the quality (think sausage v. dried biscuit) and rate of reinforcement (the scientific term for reward) is an important part of training your dog, it’s by no means the only …

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Can a invisible electric fence help stop my dog bolting out of the front door and garden?

I’m not sure if these are still used very much in the UK, but I’m talking about when a dog wears a collar that will emit a warning, and then electric pulse, if the dog goes over a line on your property. It’s an invisible line which the dog can’t see, but works by keeping …

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