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…)

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…)

How to calm down a hyperactive dog

Funnily enough this title is a bit of a red herring, because if we want to calm down a hyperactive dog, less is more.  In fact it’s often human behaviour which keeps a dog in this hyperactive state.  Let’s break this down and look at it in detail.

Why does a dog become hyperactive?

Many things can put a dog into a hyperactive state.  To me, the most simple way of thinking about it is that when a (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.

breed specific training

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


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What are you actually looking for?

I get notifications from 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…)

Destroying the myth: hyperactive dogs and exercise

I’d say at least 70% of dog owners I go and help are of the mistaken belief (when they get in touch) that exercise is an important tool for making sure that dogs aren’t hyperactive around the home.

Many owners, when describing their dog’s hyperactive behaviour to me will go on to tell me either:

  1. How much walking they do every day already – because they believe that will be my first bit of advice.
  2. (more…)

My dog doesn’t like men

It’s very easy for dogs to suffer with nervousness and fear when it comes to meeting people, and in particular I’ve helped a lot of dogs that are worse around men.  Either shying away from them and giving men a wide berth, or barking and growling in a pre-emptive self defence.

Those I help who have a rescue dog often assume that this means the dog was poorly treated by a man in the past.  However (more…)

Understanding True Nature Part 2 – The true nature of humans

true nature of a dog

This article is a bit of a departure from the norm for me when it comes to writing blog posts, as I usually focus on the nature of dogs and their behaviour.  For those of you who read what I wrote in Understanding True Nature Part 1 – The true nature of dogs – that article was inspired by some clarity I’ve received on the fundamental nature of the human experience, so I wanted to write something (more…)

Understanding True Nature: Part 1 – the true nature of dogs

true nature of a dog

There is not a day that goes by when I don’t feel blessed that when I was fumbling in the dark for which route to take when it came to studying to be a Dog Behaviourist/Dog Trainer, I was lucky enough to stumble upon truth.  The true nature of dogs.

I had read many books and contacted many colleges – all of whom were taking their sweet time to get back to me – but I was unsure which techniques (more…)

Do I NEED dog training, or will my dog grow out of this behaviour?

One of the common queries I get is whether owners NEED dog training, or whether it’s possible that their dog will just grow out of their behaviour.  As always, the answer isn’t that straight forward.  There are a few different things to think about before I’m able to give a response.

Is it just puppy behaviour?

There are certain behaviours that can be put down to puppy mischief. So in theory, a pup (more…)