Don’t suffer in ‘Puppy Hell’

While they might be some of the most gorgeous creatures to ever walk the earth, be under no illusions – having a new puppy is not easy.  Especially because we are our own worst enemies and will bombaries our pups with confusing information which can lead to terrorising behaviours.  Here are some of the common complaints:

  • Toiletting wherever, whenever
  • Nipping (with needle sharp teeth)
  • Jumping (more…)

Vegan Dog Trainer Essex

As a vegan, I have noticed on some forums that a lot of my fellow vegans are interested in doing business with other vegans where possible.  As a vegan dog owner, I also have no doubt that it is also really important to you that the dog training methods that you pick are kind and do not cause any harm.

Well I am pleased to be able to say that I am a vegan dog trainer / behaviourist and I cover the (more…)

Help, my dog is always on patrol/guarding!

A really common behaviour that I see in many households that I visit is dogs who patrol or guard the house and, in particular, the garden.  In fact, some people have track marks around the edge of the garden from their dog’s frequent use of the same path to keep an eye, ear and nose out for unwanted intruders.

Why do dogs feel the need to guard/patrol?

The answer to this question is two-fold:


Ignoring your dog – from their perspective

The purpose of this article is help anyone who has heard that they are meant to ignore their dog at certain times, to understand why this is so important to you dog, and what the consequences are of not ignoring them at those all important times.  Before I do that, I want to address the issue of why we don’t want to ignore them.

Why we don’t want to ignore our dogs

A lot of people get caught up in (more…)

What counts as normal puppy behaviour?

In this article I’m going to discuss some of the behaviours that are ‘normal’ to see from a puppy.  I will explain why the pup is doing this behaviour and whether it is something that you can expect them to ‘grow out of’ or whether you will need to take action to remedy it.  These are the behaviours I will tackle.

  • Nipping
  • Chewing
  • Toiletting
  • Jumping up
  • Sleeping a lot
  • Refusing to (more…)

The Wolf Pack Vs Family Living

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You’ve heard of the wolf pack model, and how it’s been debunked as not relevant?  Let me address this understanding a little in this article today.

So in answer to the question about the wolf pack Vs family life – while the method that I teach (Amichien Bonding) was certainly developed from watching the wolves in the wild, I don’t really look at what I am teaching as following a wolf pack model. (more…)

10 reasons this dog training wouldn’t work for you

Okay, if you are wondering whether sometimes this approach to dog training doesn’t work – the truth is that that can be the case, but let me reassure you that it doesn’t need to be that way.  There is no such thing as an untrainable dog.  However below are the top ten reasons that it wouldn’t work, and the resolutions to these problems:

Top 10 reasons this approach to dog training wouldn’t work


Dog training techiques are ‘strategy’. Understanding is needed first.

dog training techniques
How helpful are dog training techniques?

Dog training techniques vs understanding

I was thinking about dog training techniques today as being like a “strategy” to get your dog to behave how you would like them to.  Unfortunately this approach is very rarely successful, or the success is short lived.  This is because strategy (more…)

Help! My dog is always barking on the walk…

Over the years I have helped many people whose dogs are barking on the walk in a multitude of different ways.  It can take many different forms:

  • Barking at other dogs when they get close to one another
  • Barking at dogs even when they are in the distance
  • Barking at people who look at them or try to interact
  • Barking at certain people, e.g. those with beards, hats on, high viz
  • Barking (more…)