Tuesday, 11 May 2021

3 Awesome Reasons to Use Positive Dog Training!

Positive reinforcement reward-based training is the choice of many kind and ethical canine professionals, and an ever-increasing number of dog guardians, and here’s why…

Friday, 7 May 2021

4 Things to Watch to Keep Your Reactive Dog Under Threshold

When working on counter conditioning and systematic desensitisation to help your reactive dog relate better to the world, keeping them under threshold is vital. What is threshold, and how can you be sure to keep your reactive dog under their threshold?

Friday, 30 April 2021

Cooperation, Not Control

* Before anyone gets started, I'm not saying that dogs never need to be under control - they very definitely should be under control out in public, in areas where other dogs/people/livestock/wildlife may be or anywhere that they could be in danger.

So what do I mean by cooperation, not control? I'm talking about the way in which we train our dogs, teach them the cues that we need them to know and follow.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

It's not magic, it's SCIENCE!

That title up there started its existence as part of a conversation with a friend about the fundamentals of dog training and the methods that we use, and evolved into that final phrase in a handwritten message in a signed copy of a book. (The fact that people want signed copies of things I have written is still prone to causing massive grins and occasional disbelieving chuckles. 😂)

One truth that becomes readily apparent once anything you have written is out and available to anybody in the wider world is that people will often have opinions on what you have created. They will then share those opinions if the mood takes them, and nothing the writer can do may stop that. It can be intimidating, but it is not something an aspiring writer should let hold them back. Bad reviews can be hard to swallow early on, but there is no reason to become obsessed with them, and certainly not to let them restrict any future writing plans.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

What the nose knows

Dogs process their world in a way that is fundamentally different to humans. We are largely a visual species, relying on our eyes first to make sense of the environment around us. Dogs gather information mainly by the use of their nose. For around 6 million scent receptors in the human, dogs have somewhere in the region of 300 million. Brain area dedicated to analysing scent is approximately 40 times larger in the dog than in the human.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

A quick note for my email blog subscribers

Hey guys! This is just a very quick note for those of you who have subscribed to receive new blog posts via email. To make sure you don't miss out on any upcoming news, be sure to subscribe to the email list on my website. You can do this by clicking on the picture below (or in the right column of the page on the web version) which will take you to the website, where the subscribe pop-up will add you to the mailing list there. Don't forget to look for the verification email and click the link as otherwise you won't be added and won't get any of the updates.

Friday, 26 March 2021

'But we've always done it this way!'

There can be a real sense when talking to some dog people that they are digging in their heels when talking about the ways in which we handle and train dogs. "We've always trained this way. My grandfather learned from his grandfather!" and so on.