Dog Training

Car sickness is spoiling my dog’s fun when we travel in the car!

Thanks for today’s blog post goes to Daybreak instructor Nicola Pilling, who’s own experience with a car sick young dog caused her to do her own research into a solution. With the majority of dogs, travel sickness relates to stress, rather than just the motion of the car. It is thought that this goes back …

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Have a special puppy or dog you want training classes for in Portishead?

People who know me well will tell you I never tend to make life easy for myself. Though in fairness, the next exciting opportunity which presented itself, was not something I was particularly looking for – it was a delightful accident! February was a very wet month for agility – and I should have been …

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Looking for somewhere special to do puppy training classes in Nailsea?

It’s been a crazy few months. I guess most people would just make major changes one at a time – there may well be some sense in that, but of course that’s not always how life works. If you’re given a great opportunity, my motto is grab it whilst you can – you don’t know …

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Suzanne Clothier – coming to England in March, 2015

To say I’m excited would be an understatement. Suzanne Clothier, author of “Bones Would Rain From The Sky”, a must read for dog lovers everywhere, is going to be here in North Somerset, England next March 2015. Can hardly believe I’ve just written that statement – how cool is that?! If you haven’t already read …

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Diet and it’s affect on our dog’s behaviour

As part of my studies for a canine behaviour certificate I’m working towards, I had to do choose two dog foods and research the differences between them, plus the advantages & disadvantages of each. I chose to research two quite different diets – Burns Original Brown Rice & White Fish dried dog food and Nature’s …

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Why playing games with your dog is so important

We encourage people to start playing games with their puppies from a really early age. It’s a really important part of building a strong relationship with our dogs, that we’re a source of great fun right from the word go. This becomes really valuable when we start letting them off the lead and they start …

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Finding the right dog training class

Recommendations Word of mouth is probably the best way to find a good training class – preferably with someone who’s had dogs before and has been to more than one as they’ll have greater experience of what’s out there. What did they enjoy about the class? Did they find the instructor friendly and welcoming? Would …

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The Problem With Poo!

Now you don’t need to be a dog trainer like myself to appreciate the problems of owners not cleaning up after their dogs. Apart from the fact it’s unsightly, stepping in it is pretty disgusting, and it’s a potential health hazard too. It’s also fodder for the anti-dog lobbyists, who would have dog owners restricted …

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Click = Reward = Success!

Our training options Dog training is basically a handler reinforcing the behaviours that they would like to see repeated from their dogs.  There are four types of reinforcement available to trainers: Positive Reinforcement Adding something that the dog considers valuable such as a titbit to a response, to increase the likelihood of the dog offering …

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