Dog Blog

2016 in Review. 12 Months of Dog Training Tips
Posted 30 Dec 2016 - 12:04
Blog Author: sharberd
As we end 2016, we have collated the past 12 months of our dog trainig tips and advice into this month's blog. We hope you find it useful and have been able to put some of the tips into practice over the past year. January Mental stimulation in dogs is as important as physical exercise. It gives you the opportunity to be creative and gives your pooch the chance to think. You don't have to be a trainer to have fun and play games with your dog. If it is enjoyable for both of you, anything goes. February When purchasing a new training aid, such as a ‘halti’, harness or any other kind... + continue reading
Is it Right to Use Dominance Based Dog Training?
Posted 2 Dec 2016 - 14:44
Blog Author: Liliana
As a science based, force free dog trainer, it still amazes me to see how many people to this day, think that the concept of dominance, as far as behaviour in dogs go, is still a true and accurate one! IT IS NOT! I ask that you do your research, and don't believe everything you hear! You'll soon understand there are better, kinder, and more long term effective methods, for training your dog. The following is a section of an essay I wrote as part of my training with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). I want to share some passages with you, to help open the eyes of people who... + continue reading
How to Help Your Dog Cope with Fireworks Season
Posted 31 Oct 2016 - 18:11
Blog Author: Liliana
Be prepared for the fireworks season, and help your dog cope in the best possible way. It is true to say, that unfortunately, many dogs are extremely frightened by fireworks and in this blog, I am going to try and help you and your pet cope and prepare for this stressful time. Desensitise Young Dogs I would like to start by saying, that if you have a very young puppy, between eight and 12 to 16 weeks, the best thing you can do to help prevent them being stressed during fireworks season is to desensitise them to firework sounds, so they become habituated to it and will just think it... + continue reading
Regulation of the UK Dog Training Industry
Posted 3 Sep 2016 - 14:18
Blog Author: Liliana
Last month, we told you a funny story about our Basset Hound Finley and the experience with him wanting to be a sheep dog. This month I thought i'd share with you not so much a funny story, but an experience in relation to becoming an affiliated dog trainer with a UK society, that occurred mid-August 2016. I applied some time ago to become an affiliated trainer of a UK society, given that my Karen Pryor qualifications are from an American based company and I thought this might be a good idea. Looked on their website and their code of practice, and ‘assumed’ that... + continue reading
Why Punishment in Dog Training Should NEVER Be Used
Posted 3 Jul 2016 - 07:59
Blog Author: Liliana
I am a reward based, clicker trainer, and in my view, there in no room for using punitive methods when training your dog. However, I think it is important for owners to understand and be aware of the consequences of using punishment based methods when training. I am not saying that punishment methods don’t work when used correctly, but do you really want that kind of relationship with your dog? A dog who responds to you in fear that something unpleasant is going to happen? Why Do Some People Still Use Punishment? There are a lot of different reasons as to why punishment is used and very... + continue reading