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Holiday Season Preparation for Your Dog

Holiday Season Preparation for Your Dog

The holiday season at the end of the year brings a whole bunch of festivities and celebrations that it gets busy fast. All the additional activity and excitement can be a lot to handle. For you and your dog. Then there's the extra guests and visitors, numerous...

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Why Residential Training Might Not Work For You

Why Residential Training Might Not Work For You

I’m often asked if I will take dogs in and do the training for you. Residential training is not something I offer. There are lots of personal reasons for why I don’t. I believe if I was to offer this the dog would need to live with us at home. That means my dogs would...

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Attitude is Everything, My Positive reinforcement philosophy

Attitude is Everything, My Positive reinforcement philosophy

There’s always a lot of discussion, or fighting sometimes, about ethics, ethos and methods like positive reinforcement and punishment in the dog training world. So much that it can become difficult to know what’s right or who’s talking the most sense.  Right now...

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Why comparison sucks, except when it doesn’t

Why comparison sucks, except when it doesn’t

"Comparison is the thief of joy" is attributed to several people including Theodore Roosevelt, which probably means it was someone else. Regardless of who said it first, I think I agree mostly. It probably depends on how you are doing the comparison. For most people,...

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How to achieve easy living with your dog

How to achieve easy living with your dog

I live with three spaniels currently. At one point I lived with two German Shepherds, a saluki and two spaniels. I always felt I should even things up with another sighthound. But didn’t want to seem like a crazy dog lady. I often get asked "how do you manage?", but...

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Why Teaching a Collar Grab Might Save Your Dog’s Life

Why Teaching a Collar Grab Might Save Your Dog’s Life

How I Lost My Dog Recently I lost Flint, my working cocker spaniel. Actually, I hadn’t entirely realised I lost him before he reappeared. Teaching the collar grab was the reason I got him back so quickly. I was moving equipment for Thursday night classes from my back...

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How Start Button Behaviours Can Improve Your Training

How Start Button Behaviours Can Improve Your Training

Start button behaviours can really help you power up your training. They are especially helpful for dogs fearful of certain stimuli like noises or vacuum cleaners. They are also useful for procedures where we need to do something to our dog like grooming or putting on...

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Living with an old dog is hard

Living with an old dog is hard

You’re preparing to say goodbye knowing that in all likelihood you’ll be the one to decide when.  It’s been over 4.5 years since I put my beloved Khanu to sleep. I still miss him every day. I often cry whenever I think about him. Yes, that means I cry over him a lot....

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