Category Archives: Dog Training

What to do if your dog is scared of cars

A little while ago I wrote an article about dogs that won’t walk.  This article is in a similar vein.  Dog’s that are nervous on the walk, particularly dogs that are scared of cars, lorries, buses, motorbikes or any other vehicles that you could care to mention.  No doubt you are reading this because it is something you are experiencing, or you know someone who is having this experience with their (more…)

Hyperactive Naughty Dogs

This week I’ve had a consultation with a couple whose dog has been (in what most owners’ eyes would be considered to be) very naughty around the house.  Doing things like:

  • Stealing things
  • Ripping things up
  • Running up and down the house
  • Jumping all over the furniture
  • Mouthing them
  • Biting the furniture
  • Running and jumping up at them

I thought I would write an article about it (more…)

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…)

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…)

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

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

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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…)

Breed specific dog training and why you don’t need it

 

A common misunderstanding among dog owners is that their breed of dog has specific training needs. This belief is perpetuated by trainers, vets, books on the breed and breed forums, so it’s no wonder that so many people believe that their specific breed has specialist needs.

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First off, let’s look at why the myth exists

Here’s an example or two:

You’ve got a husky.  You know that (more…)

Why I wouldn’t recommend looking for dog trainers on Bark.com

 

If you’re looking for Dog Trainers on Bark.com here’s something you would benefit from considering…

What are you actually looking for?

I get notifications from Bark.com every day along the lines that “Katie is looking for dog trainers in Basildon”. Bark then goes on to say what Katie (fictional person) is looking for, e.g. obedience, classes, 121, and tells me how much it has told Katie (more…)