Dog Blog

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
The experts guide to dog collars and harnesses - part two
Posted 29 May 2016 - 09:03
Blog Author: Liliana
Part one of last month’s blog focused on different types of collars and harnesses. There are so many different types on the market that sometimes, owners don’t know what to buy for the best. As a reward based trainer, it goes without saying that I would only advise owners on kind pieces of equipment, but this month I will go through aversive types of equipment, which in this case are all collars, as often, owners don’t realise how much harm these can cause to the dog, not only physically but psychologically too. (01) Collars Prong Collar This is series of chain links with blunted... + continue reading
The Expert's Guide to Dog Collars and Harnesses
Posted 1 May 2016 - 10:01
Blog Author: Liliana
This month’s blog focuses on different types of collars and harnesses, which I often get asked whether a collar is better than a harness or vice versa. There are so many different types on the market that sometimes, owners don’t know what to buy for the best As a reward based trainer, it goes without saying that I would only advise owners on kind pieces of equipment, but I will go through aversive types of equipment in part 2 of this blog next month, as often owners don’t realise how much harm these harsh pieces of equipment can cause. (01) Collars Flat Collar The flat collar can be... + continue reading
Posted 3 Apr 2016 - 09:07
Blog Author: Liliana
After not having been to Crufts for 11 years, I decided to give it another go this year. The reason for my absence during all this time, was due to the fact that more often than not, the eagerness to win takes over, and the welfare of the dog is put on the back burner.  Have Crufts 2016 Changed its Ways? Has anything changed? No! Sadly, there are far too many stressed dogs, being ‘pampered’ for the breeder’s benefit and not the dogs’. I wonder how many dogs enjoy it? I guess, that is all they know. Using show slip leads that sink into the dog’s throats, what is that all about? How... + continue reading