The vast majority of households that I go to help are already in a habit of telling their dog off. At the very least saying “No” or “Aa ah”, in some case much more lengthy and forcefully. One of my jobs is to let them know that this isn’t a great idea to do, and I’d like to share why not in this article. I must say before you read on that I am aware that (if you are telling them off) it’s often (more…)
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…)
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…)
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:
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 your 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 (more…)
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.
- Jumping up
- Sleeping a lot
- Refusing to (more…)
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…)
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
It’s not necessarily that your dog doesn’t know what you are asking them to do. It’s not necessarily even that they are choosing to ‘disobey’ you. Simply put if your dog isn’t doing what you are asking of them, it doesn’t feel that he/she should.
Humanise it for a moment. (more…)