Jumping up to say hello

Why do some puppies and dogs jump up on people when they say hello? Because they are excited, they want attention, and more often than not, they learn this is a safe and rewarding behaviour because people pet them! Dogs do what works. And, without meaning to, people teach [...]

How can I stop my dog from chewing?

As a trainer I’m often asked “how do I stop my dog from chewing?” The answer is quite simply that you don’t. Dogs put things in their mouths and they chew. The key is to channel that behaviour by providing appropriate outlets for chewing. Chewing is a perfectly normal [...]

Holiday and Cold Weather Safety

This is the time of year when we decorate our homes, entertain family and friends and break out our stretchy pants to accommodate too much festive feasting! It is also the time of year where our pets may be tempted by all the extra sweets and sparkly decorations. When [...]

Does a wagging tail mean a happy dog?

One of the most common myths relating to dogs is that a dog wagging their tail is happy and friendly. While some wags do represent happiness, others wags can mean insecurity, or even a warning that if you approach, you are likely to be growled at and even bitten. [...]

What’s in a ‘Woof’?

Barking is one of many forms of vocal communication for dogs. People are often pleased that their dog barks to alert them that a person is approaching their home, but then they end up frustrated if the dog doesn’t stop. And a barking dog can be a major disturbance [...]

Are Dog Training Methods All The Same?

Are Dog Training Methods All The Same - How Do I Know What’s Right For My Canine Companion? There are different training methods and tools, along with many trainers, promising to train your dog. TV programs can leave the impression of quick fixes, so how do you know what is [...]

Is a Really Reliable Recall Possible?

A reliable recall is a must for your canine companion. Imagine your dog is running towards a busy street, cars are speeding by and you yell “Fido Come!” Unfortunately, your pet keeps running towards danger; a disaster waiting to happen. Why, if recall is such an important skill for [...]

“Control Your Dog!”

Have you ever yelled or thought this as you glared at another person whose dog was growling, barking and lunging at the end of their leash as you and your dog walk by? Have you ever thought they should get their dog under control and spend some time training [...]

Is Playing Tug a Good Idea?

Some outdated training theories say playing tug with your dog is a bad idea as it creates dominance in your dog. Rubbish! Playing tug is actually a wonderful game to play with your canine companion for many reasons. Playing tug is a great way to bond with your dog [...]

Why Is Puppy Socialization So Important?

Well-socialized puppies usually become relaxed, confident, safe and happy adult dogs. They are more comfortable in a variety of situations than poorly socialized dogs and are less likely to be fearful or act aggressively when faced with unfamiliar people, other dogs and new situations. Most people bring a puppy [...]