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What is dog training?

What is dog training and how does it help our pets?

Dog training is the process of teaching skills or behaviors to your dog. This can include teaching your dog to respond to certain commands, or helping your dog learn coping skills to certain environments.


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Dog leads and collars, which one suits your dog

Choosing the right Tool

When you trawl through the internet or walk through a pet shop you will be confronted with a scary amount of different dog leads and collars. Choosing the right one for your dog can unfortunately be an expensive hit or miss game.READ MORE

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Grass Seeds and Dogs

The dreaded grass seeds

Running around can be great fun for your dogs, however during the summer months it can cause serious pain and misery for your dog.


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The Time Factor

Understand it is about Time

Time is not an object or substance we can touch or see. But neither is it merely a dimension, quantity or a concept

What is the definition of time?


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How to Choose Dog Food, According to Science – 8 Factors to Consider

How to choose dog food

Picking out the right food for your dog also means picking out the right ingredients. As a responsible pet friend, one of the best things you can do for him is serve healthy, well-balanced food. Good dog food has the right nutrition your dog really needs, depending on his age, breed, and activity level.READ MORE

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8 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds for People with Allergies

Pets make good companions at home. They can bring joy and remove stress after a long day at work. Not only are they lovable, but they have quite an ability to make life less lonely. Pets come in many forms; they can be dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles, etc.  But among them, dogs are the most common and popular choice as pets. READ MORE

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Best Dog Food

It’s All About Quality Ingredients: Best Food for a Safe and Healthy Dog

Article written by Review.com

In early 2015, the law firm of Morgan and Morgan filed a class action lawsuit against Purina over ingredients found in its line of Beneful dog food. Despite this lawsuit — and the thousands of complaints of kidney failure that led to it — the products remain available to purchase at a store near you.READ MORE

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Travel Anxiety

Car Phobia’s and Fears in Dogs

Do you dread the days you must take your dog in the car; does he make a run for it when he sees the keys? Or is he just a poor traveller but braves the stress of the road?READ MORE

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Pitpat counting every step of our pawsome friends

Can the PitPat activity monitor help your dog?

It’s rare to come across a product that is simple in its implantation that it quickly becomes irreplaceable. The Pipat is such a device, a simple no nonsense product that does its job and does it well.READ MORE

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Dog technology

Technology, we all use it. But do we all need it or is it a case of wanting it?

Need and want are two issue’s I debate at least once a year, slight lie. Every time Apple drops another ore inspiring piece of technology, my inner child goes to war with the grown up within.

I’m sure you can relate, but now the innovators have turned their beady little eye to our pets. How can our dogs benefit?READ MORE

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Creating a calm dog

Do you have an excited or a calm dog

Sometimes when working on a 121-behavioural consultation, the owner will try to justify the overexcited barking and leaping about as the dog just being excited.

What I see however, is so far removed from a calm dog it has become unbalanced unhealthy within its own mind.READ MORE

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Dogs and babies – creating the perfect plan before the expected arrival

For many people, their dog is their baby.

In their eyes, the dog is their cherished son or daughter. But what happens when you bring a new baby into the family? A new-born can dramatically change not only your life but your dog’s life as well. As your routines change your attention will shift from the dog to the baby.READ MORE

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Dog Pregnancy Guide

What to do during dog pregnancy

By Mary Nielsen, My Sweet Puppy 

When your dog becomes pregnant, it will last for approximately 63 days on average. Each dog goes through 3 trimesters, just like humans do, they may go through a morning sickness phase, usually within the 3rd or 4th week of pregnancy, and it is a good idea to get her into the vet at about 2 or 3 weeks after mating.READ MORE

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11 steps on how to walk your dog on a lead

Walk your dog on lead & stay in control 

1Be aware of your energy and body language while walking your dog.

Pre Walk Check list

  • Are you communicating a cool, calm canine state of mind?
  • Is your body language sending the message: ‘I am a confident pack leader that is in control’?


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Finding a dog walking service you can trust

Questions to ask when choosing a professional dog walker

Many people use a professional dog walker, especially if they work during the day, to get the dog out of the house for a sniff, leg stretch and toilet break when they are being left for long hours.READ MORE


The Adolescent Dog

Stages that occur in adolescent dogs

This is a very difficult time for your dog, however with continuous training and establishing a good foundation through true understanding, both of you will build a solid relationship.


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Pet Microchipping

Do I have to microchip my dog

From spring 2016, all dogs over 8 weeks in England, Wales & Scotland will be required by law to be microchipped & registered to an approved database.


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What to do if your pet goes missing

Why do pets go missing?

It can be very upsetting when a pet goes missing. Knowing what to do if it does
happen could provide some comfort, and improve your chances of getting your pet back.


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The Disengagement Theory for Dog Behaviour

Creating Natural withdrawal or disengagement

As professional trainers and behaviourists we are faced with strong criticism when we state that a dog’s adverse behaviour is just a momentary engagement caused by a change in the state of mind.READ MORE

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Working hard to maintain a dog’s calm energy

Any behaviour problem can respond to Calm Energy

All dogs are different; some with naturally low energy and others high energy. It is that high energy that can cause unbalance in a dog if not channelled correctly.READ MORE

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The day I lost my true Friend

Ziggy-the seemingly impossible Gundog

Over the coming weeks I was to be told by many people including the Vets that I was mad to take on such a dog. They said he would break me…..READ MORE

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How to stop your dog barking

Preventing dog barking within the home environment

Inappropriate dog barking is one of the most common issues for dog owners, often stemming from anxiety  when your dog does not like being left alone within the home environment.READ MORE

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Desensitisation and Counter Conditioning in Dogs

The Key Factor to Successful Desensitisation and Counter Conditioning

Desensitisation and Counter Conditioning are two of the most successful techniques used to change unwanted behaviour in dogs and there are many methods in which to achieve this. READ MORE

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Don’t Take My Food Away

Control is essential to stop food aggression

Controlling the food is essential but if you follow the old fashioned approach that you must be able to take the food away this can cause insecurity, defensive and even aggressive behaviours.


The Balance Trainer

Balance training as opposed to aversion training

What is balance training? And why do many trainers and Behaviourist believe that aversive behaviourist and trainers can be recognised simply by the words they use like corrections, pack, dominance and pressure ect.READ MORE

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Being a positive dog trainer

Positive dog trainer is all about energy

Being a positive dog trainer is not about just using positive reinforcement and only  food and toy reward based training to create desired behaviours.READ MORE

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Top Ten Dog Breeds

Top Ten Dog Breeds Found In UK Homes

Are you considering buying a dog as a family pet? Want to know what the top ten dog breeds are in the UK right now!READ MORE

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Important factors of Dog Ownership

What are the important factors of dog ownership we should consider?

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a dog. Taking on a dog is a serious and lifetime commitment and if you have not considered these factors then you are not ready to introduce a dog to your home and lifestyle.READ MORE

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Obsession v.s Focus

When obsession over takes the focus

When obsession over takes the focus then we have taken away the dogs natural awareness of the world around them. Many of us are totally unaware of the difference between obsession and focus as both states of mind are acted out in a similar manner by your dogs.READ MORE

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Dog behaviours explained

Understand what your dog is trying to tell you

In order to really understand what your dog is trying to tell you, it’s important to observe their body language and listen to the noises they make.READ MORE

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First steps to Crate Training your dog

Crate training from early stage

House training can become increasingly harder to establish and set a routine.  This is where the use of a crate can reduce the chances of your puppy toileting while you are absent.READ MORE

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Is Aggression normal in Dogs

Domestication means exactly what it says domestication.

Is aggression normal in dogs; answer is no it is not normal. Domestication means exactly what it says domestication. We domesticated dogs to such a point that they now live alongside the human and have become a part of our society.READ MORE

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The Grain Free Foods

The Grain Free Foods

Today, more and more vets are starting to recommend approved foods like the grain free foods. The reason for this is that grain free dog foods contain more protein and animal fats and fewer carbohydrates.READ MORE

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The Working Dog Breeds  

The Working Dog Breeds should they be Pets

Not all working dog breeds have working potentially, it all comes down to the genetic lines they are bred from that makes them either working or pet.READ MORE

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Business advice for running a pet care sanctuary

Have you always wanted to spend your life helping animals?

There are certainly a lot of abandoned pets out there in need of care and support, and a lot of people who would like to help but can’t take them into their own homes.READ MORE

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The Power Dog Breeds:

Power Dog Breeds are they really so different

Mastiffs, Bull breeds, Rottweilers, Doberman these are all what we call power dog breeds. But are these breeds really any different from any other breed of dog.READ MORE

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The Perfect Puppy

Creating the Perfect Puppy requires an understanding.

The perfect puppy comes from understanding; Knowing how they work and how they learn and how they see their surroundings.READ MORE

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Understand and Control Dog Energy

The first thing I am always presented with and the hardest thing owners find to do. Is understanding and controlling their dog energy.READ MORE

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Canine Epilepsy Symptoms

What are the canine epilepsy symptoms?

There is two type’s of Epilepsy, Grand Mal & Petit Mal. A brain disorder that can cause sudden, uncontrolled, recurring physical attacks, with or without loss of consciousness.READ MORE

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Preparing For a New Dog

Are you ready to get a new dog?

Author: by Sainsbury’s Bank

Owning a new dog can be very rewarding, offer a healthier lifestyle and a sense of companionship. However, it’s important to ensure you are ready for the responsibility that comes with it.READ MORE

Dog Behaviour: Instinct vs Science

What differences does Instinctive or Science approach, create?

There are fundamental differences between the Instinctive approach to assessing problem dog behaviour in our pets and the Science approach.READ MORE

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Canine Psychology

Basic Understanding Of Canine Psychology

Every species including the human species has its own psychology. When we think about Canine psychology we think of it as the study of the mind.READ MORE

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Dog Lead Pulling

Dog Lead pulling is the No1 behavioural issue

Dog lead pulling is one of the most common behavioural issue’s. So what is the cause, what is the effect and how do we solve it.READ MORE

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What Defines a Well Trained Dog

Are we heading in the right direction when training a dog

With serious increase in unwanted dog behaviour comes the increase in different types of trainers and behaviourists.READ MORE

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The need to keep your dog on-leash

Dogs sometimes bite, growl or snarl when provoked

The occasional dust-up involving dogs and humans probably dates back to the time when early hunter-gatherers first attempted to domesticate wild canids.READ MORE

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The need to keep your dog on-leash

Dogs sometimes bite, growl or snarl when provoked

The occasional dust-up involving dogs and humans probably dates back to the time when early hunter-gatherers first attempted to domesticate wild canids.READ MORE


3 Steps to the Perfect Dog Recall

How do you achieve the perfect dog recall

There are many techniques used when it comes to dog recall training, some good some bad but whatever the technique you try it can mean nothing if your dog is not focused on you.READ MORE

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UK Weather – Dogs die in hot cars

Four dogs rescued after Police smash car window

The UK weather has certainly been nice to us this week.

With today pipped to be the hottest day of the year, one Police force called for dog owners to be responsible and not leave their dogs in cars.READ MORE

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Darwins Dogs

Charles Darwin the voyager

Charles Darwin, was an English naturalist and geologist. He is best known for his contributions to the evolutionary theory. READ MORE

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Understanding Your Dog

Confused about understanding your dog

There is no question that as humans we often misunderstand the needs of our dogs.

By observing our canine companions we will find that they do in fact communicate with us with through subtle, simple silent language.READ MORE

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Fears and Phobias in dogs

What is the cause of phobias in dogs?

It is a common issue for phobias in dogs to manifest from noises of thunder, vacuum cleaner, fireworks, guns and bird scarers. READ MORE

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Christmas food Dangers

Do you know the common Christmas food dangers for dogs

Christmas is a wonderful time of year and should be full of fun for all the family, dogs included.READ MORE

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The Mind of the Dog

An introduction to the complexity of the mind of the dog

With all this diversity comes a very unique animal, with varying abilities and levels of intelligence.READ MORE

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The Top 10 Most Popular UK Dog Breeds

Do you agree with these most popular uk dog breeds

Are you considering buying a dog as a family pet? Then you might be wondering what the most popular uk dog breeds are in the right now!READ MORE

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The Flea

The flea poses a significant risk to your dog

As we head into the Summer Flea starts to pose a significant risk to dogs and their humans.READ MORE

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Over Excitement

There are many causes of over-excitement.

Your dog seeing prey-like bunnies, squirrels, birds can cause an excited response. Just being off-lead can excite for some dogs, listening to noises and sniffing the smells. READ MORE

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The Triggers to dog over excitement

Dog over excitement could land you in hot water

Dog over excitement can be a response to seeing rabbits, squirrels, birds whilst out on a walk. Just being off lead can create excitement for some dogs, listening to noises and sniffing the smells. Dogs rely on their senses for survival so with high sensory ability they can have little impulse control.READ MORE

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Pause & Process Dog Training Method

Pause & Process dog training method is fundamentally the skill of Learning.

When working with a dog with behavioural problems you have to think about the stress levels it is experiencing at all times.READ MORE

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Become a True Leader

Become a true leader that your dog wants & needs

I believe the only way to truly change or train a dogs behaviour is to work with its natural instinct. If you try to go against its instincts the dog will automatically shut down and not respond to your training.READ MORE

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Total Recall

Achieving the perfect dog recall

In an ideal world, when the dog hears the words come!” he or she should stop what he is doing and run back toward you.READ MORE

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Prey Drive

Prey Drive is a dogs instinctive behaviour

The dog’s life revolves around a series of instinctive behaviours; prey drive is the one of the most powerful.

All carnivores have an inbuilt ability and need to pursue and capture prey whether they are wild or domestic.READ MORE

Summer Sun, Fun, and Safety!

Heat stroke advice for your pets

When it comes to the summer time heat and sunshine, make sure to follow some safety tips so your pet can join in the fun.READ MORE

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75 Top Banned Or Restricted Dog Breeds

Which banned dog breeds do think made it to the list?

This article is not designed to scare you but just to inform you that the listed below dog breeds are banned somewhere in the world.READ MORE

Kennel Cough

Spotting the signs of kennel cough

Kennel cough is an upper respiratory infection that affects your dog. It is caused by a combination of the canine Para influenza and the bacteria Bordetella Bronchiseptia.READ MORE

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Why Dogs Bite

Dog bite – Act of aggression or reaction

A dog bite is a simply reaction from your dog to a particular situation or moment, if your dog bites you, another human or even another dog it will be the most difficult challenge you will ever face.READ MORE

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The mind of the Rescue Dog

So you want to open your heart and home to a Canine Companion?

Well stop for a moment before you rush down to you local Dog Rescue to look for a new best friend or contact a breeder to ask about a Puppy.READ MORE

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Rage Syndrome

What are the affects of Rage Syndrome in Dogs

Rage Syndrome, also known as Sudden Onset Aggression is a serious behavioural problem that has been reported most commonly in the Cocker Spaniel but can also be in a variety of other dog breeds.READ MORE

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It’s not Me or the Dog, its Me and the Dog

Have you got to a singular thought of me or the dog

Many think that being a Behaviourist is about working solely with a dog’s behaviour, they think by just changing a dog’s behaviour then that’s the job done.READ MORE

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The Canine Social Structure

Defining the Pack Structure

The basic unit of canine social structure is the pack, it is something that is not easy to study in a domestic situation. However, we can look at what we do know about dogs and wild dogs to understand how stable packs are maintained.


Do you know the Law

Do you understand the Dangerous Dogs Act?

Like 90% of the people I talk to, you would probably say yes, however there is no defined understanding of the Law as it stands to date. The other 10% just freely admit they do not know the Law.READ MORE

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Dangerous Dogs

Dangerous dogs and the people who fail to control them face a new clampdown in order to protect the public

Defra Minister of State Jim Paice revealed today. Approximately 210,000 people a year are attacked by dogs in England alone, including 4,000 postal workers trying to deliver mail.


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Separation anxiety – how has it affected your dog

Research suggests that canine separation anxiety is one of the most common behaviour problems that many dog owners experience. A recent study, which was conducted in the United Kingdom, indicated that as much as 50 percent of dogs have shown some symptoms of separation anxiety when they are left by themselves.READ MORE

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The Retractable Lead!

We don’t always think ahead to the possible negative incidences

Many dog owners delight in the idea of a retractable leash, believing it gives their dog their freedom to roam and run while still connected with their owner.READ MORE

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How to walk a Dog on the Lead

10 Steps to help you walk a dog on a lead

To help you decide, read these tips on how to walk a dog on a lead, stay in control, and confirm you have the right tools for the ideal walk:READ MORE

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Positive or Positive Reinforcement Training

What is positive reinforcement training?

This can include teaching your dog to respond to certain commands, or helping your dog learn coping skills to certain environments. Dog training is called classical conditioning designed by the human get a dog performing a desired behavior or skill. READ MORE

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What is the true value of our Pets

To really answer this you need to break it down into several parts.Looking at the monetary value of pets (breeders and businesses that use animals and the money that we spend on our pets), the mental value (Stimulation) the social value (Interaction with others) and the physical value that pets can have on us as humans.READ MORE

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Setting the right challenges when playing with your dog

Playing with your dog is an important part of their training. Every time you interact with your dog you are using a form of training.READ MORE

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Exercise the most important part of your dogs Life

The perfect exercise for your dog

Engaging in physical exercise triggers a chain of chemical reactions in the body and brain that promote a feeling of calm. The mechanism works in essentially the same way in both dogs and people.READ MORE

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Your New Puppy and your Vet

How your Vets can help you and your new puppy

When your new puppy arrives at your home we recommend you allow a few days for them to adjust to their new surroundings before bringing them to the surgery. All puppies require an initial course of two vaccinations these can be started on your first visit to us.READ MORE