Muzzle Training 101

Muzzle Training 101

Muzzles are great! They are an incredibly useful and important tool used to keep dogs and people safe. Unfortunately there is a lot of negative stigma surrounding muzzles and dogs that wear them. The social negativity associated with muzzles can lead to people being reluctant to use them which can sometimes have awful and tragic consequences. When people see a dog with a muzzle they sometimes assume that it is a dangerous dog and that it must have a poor owner….

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Nosework – Train Your Dog to Track

Nosework – Train Your Dog to Track

Smell is a dog’s most powerful sense, in fact, the average dog’s sense of smell is one thousand times more sensitive than a human’s. Dogs love to sniff and discover new things with their noses. For years, humans have used the dog’s fantastic sense of smell in order to help us in a variety of ways. Dogs are used to track down missing people, find drugs and bombs, some dogs are even being trained to sniff out cancer! Tracking training is not just…

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Working With Dogs – A Muddy Morning

Working With Dogs – A Muddy Morning

“I really hope this is just mud…” I think to myself with growing horror as I am laying face down in the thick, squelchy muck. Carly, the rather enthusiastic shar pei cross I am walking, is still pulling impatiently on the lead to get on with the walk, dragging me further through the cold, wet sludge. Eventually I bring myself to my feet and assess the damage – I am covered in the stuff. I tentatively sniff my hands and…

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Training Impulse Control in Dogs

Training Impulse Control in Dogs

All animals are impulsive by nature, they see something they want and they act to obtain it immediately. Children learn to control their impulses as they learn what is, and is not, appropriate from their parents and society in general. Dogs are no different. If they are not shown and taught what is appropriate and to control their impulses then this can lead to rude dogs getting themselves into trouble. Many people find themselves struggling when their puppy reaches adolescence,…

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New Year Resolutions for You and Your Dog

New Year Resolutions for You and Your Dog

2015 is almost at an end and this is the time of year we look ahead and make plans and goals for the New Year. Some of the most popular resolutions don’t have to just benefit yourself and make you a better person, they can also be beneficial for your dog. Here’s some New Year resolution ideas to benefit both you and your dog! Get Fit and Healthy Agility classes are a brilliant way to keep both you and your…

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Make Christmas Fun and Safe for Dogs

Make Christmas Fun and Safe for Dogs

So it is officially Christmas week! Christmas is a magical time of the year but, at times, it can be a little scary, and even dangerous, for dogs. Bringing a tree into the house, rearranging furniture, new decorations, visitors, changes in routine. For some dogs this can be difficult to cope with. Here are some tips on making Christmas a fun and safe time for your dogs. The Christmas Tree For some, the tree is the most important and iconic…

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10 Beautiful Bull Breeds

10 Beautiful Bull Breeds

Now, it’s no secret that I absolutely love “bull breeds”. I think they are absolutely fabulous dogs who so often get bad reputations that they simply don’t deserve. The term “bull breeds” originally referred to a group of dogs who were initially bred for the sport of “bull baiting”. Nowadays the term “bull breeds” is mostly used to describe dogs which are “bulldog-like”. Unfortunately when some people hear the term “bull or bully breed” they assume that the dogs are…

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New Research – Dogs Actively Help Their Friends!

New Research – Dogs Actively Help Their Friends!

We know that many animals, including dogs, are highly social. True prosociality is extremely rare however. Prosociality is where an individual voluntarily takes action to benefit others, often with little or no benefit to themselves. Humans are one of the only animals to act pro-socially, even our closest relatives – chimpanzees – have shown inconclusive evidence of doing so. I’m sure most of us have anecdotes about dogs helping each other or helping us, but are they really acting prosocially?. A…

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The Language of Dogs

The Language of Dogs

Dogs are extremely social animals (like ourselves) which means that they cannot cope with being alone for extended periods of time and need companionship to thrive. As a result, dogs are excellent communicators and can often tell us exactly how they are feeling at any given time. The challenge for us however, is to learn to understand these signals and react appropriately. Unfortunately, these communicative behaviours are often misunderstood or ignored and can ultimately lead to a very unhappy dog who,…

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Clicker Training Your Dog

Clicker Training Your Dog

Clickers are a simple, yet fantastic tool to aid dog training. Clickers are small plastic tools which fit snuggly into the palm of your hand and contain a thin piece of metal which, when pushed, makes a clicking sound. Clicker training is a relatively new technique in the world of mainstream dog training but it is a tool I would recommend to every dog owner.   What Does the Clicker Do? A click from a clicker is an instant signal to…

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