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Training your dog isn’t a luxury

Training your dog isn’t a luxury

Training is something we should do with our dogs. Actually I'd rather we didn't call it 'training' because that kind of implies it is short lived and something the learner has to undergo. Animals, us, our dogs, horses, lizards, whatever, are built to behave. They have...

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It turns out mindfulness isn’t a bunch of b*llocks

It turns out mindfulness isn’t a bunch of b*llocks

So this week I joined Thor's new fitness app. Yep the God of Thunder is now my fitness guru. OK, Chris Hemsworth, and actually it's a bunch of professionals that he has probably employed or something, I don't know. I joined because I like looking at Chris Hemsworth I...

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Where did January go?

My life seems to be hurtling before my eyes these days. I get distracted by something for a second and suddenly three weeks have gone by. That's my excuse for not getting more of these posts out there anyway. So what have I been distracted by? Hang on and I'll tell...

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DIY or get a builder in?

DIY or get a builder in?

We've spent the last week doing DIY at TWW HQ aka our house. Well actually not that much DIY to be honest. Most of our time has be spent clearing out crap from a spare bedroom and a large cupboard. It's filled a skip. A whole freaking skip with just one room and one...

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We did it!

We did it!

In my last post I said that I hadn't heard whether I had successfully graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy Professional Course that had taken up so much of my time in 2018. Well I'm thrilled to be able to tell you that just before Christmas I found out that Flint...

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I know, I know I've been MIA for ages and now I'm adding to your inbox at a time when it's already overflowing. Sorry. 2018 was a tough year for the humans at Tails We Win HQ with both my in-laws passing away in the first half of the year. That meant there was an...

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How to make distractions work for you

Today's post starts with a little story about my oldie spaniel Breckin. We aren't entirely sure exactly how old he is but he's been with us for nearly 11 years and was a horrible teenager when he landed so our best guess is that he is 12+ probably. He has...

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West Paw Toppl Review

West Paw Toppl Review

I've been a bit lax with these posts - sorry. Time seems to have done that weird thing where it zooms past really fast at the time but when you think back on events they seem to have been decades ago, or just yesterday. I've also failed on the 100 days of...

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100 days of dog training

100 days of dog training

I’ve been thinking about what brings success recently. Sometimes it can seem that success comes suddenly for people but in reality that’s just not the case. Their success is usually the result of a lot of continuous grafting for a long time. I watched a...

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Finding space in a busy world

Finding space in a busy world

I’m at the hospital again as I write this. You’ll be reading this in several days time though. I’m sitting in a little outside space that’s been created and I’m taken by the general thoughtfulness of the area. It’s a courtyard really in the centre of the...

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Choice and control

Choice and control

I’m writing this having found a quietish spot in the hospital that my mother in law is currently in. She’s pretty poorly right now and unlikely to get better so I’m here with my husband to support him. She doesn’t recognise me or my name but does know who...

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Reinforcers are not rewards

Reinforcers are not rewards

If a behaviour is reinforced it is more likely to happen again in the future. The term reinforce is a technical term here, it has a scientific definition -  reinforcement increases behaviour. That's not the same as reward. You might give your dog a reward - it isn't a...

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Being a responsible dog owner

Being a responsible dog owner

Well my last blog/email was more controversial than I had anticipated! Seems extendable leads split the dog owning community way more than I thought. My thanks to everyone who took the time to reply to me with your opinions. I'm afraid you haven't changed...

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Why I hate those extendable leads

Why I hate those extendable leads

They are unsafe. I know, I know that's a big sweeping statement and I'm sure you use one responsibly, but really I'd be glad for them to be banned. I get the appeal I really do. Fido isn't safe to go offlead in some places so the extendable lead lets him have some...

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Surviving the first year of your puppy

Surviving the first year of your puppy

If you want to feel like your life is spiraling out of control - get a puppy. Everyone thinks puppies will be cute and cuddly - and they are, for short periods, generally when they are tired. Otherwise they can be right little horrors. Little horrors with sharp teeth...

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Why why is the most important question to ask

Why why is the most important question to ask

I've been hanging out on Facebook again. I had successfully reduced the amount of time I spent scrolling but it seems to be creeping up again. However that isn't the reason for today's story. No instead, for once, Facebook has provided inspiration, albeit in a...

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Oh my goodness, enough already!

I know you have probably been seeing a lot of these posts and emails recently, but with the upcoming change in legislation on how businesses are allowed to contact people I'm afraid I'm joining in with the masses. Although you should have voluntarily...

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