Is it different where you live?

Have you ever looked at some successful dog trainer and thought, "well, that works for them there, but my area is different?" I hear this all the time. Not just from trainers either. If you think...

Owned dogs all my life

Is owning dogs all your life enough to know how to train them effectively? I’ve had a vagina all my life, but that doesn’t make a gynecologist. But what is it that sets apart someone who has a lot...

We’ve tried EVERYTHING

Have you already tried everything to solve your frustrations with your dog? If so, I am sad to say, you are a rare case and it’s time to give up. I mean, if you’ve already tried everything, what...

Waiting for food

Does your dog sit and wait for his or he food at dinner time? Awesome work! As a person who easily gets hangry, I marvel at how well dogs can wait for food. Because they’re dogs and food is usually...

He’s not a bad dog

You don’t need to feel ashamed if your dog is behaving badly. I think that’s what causes MANY people to say to me, “he’s not a bad dog,” or, “she’s really a sweet natured girl.” Of course the reason...

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Not aggressive

Not aggressive

“She is biting the kids - but she’s not aggressive! She just wants to play!” “He rushes up to other dogs and fights break out - but he is just being friendly - he is not aggressive!” “She’s growling at strangers - but she is not aggressive.” These are things I hear...

Why not put a muzzle on your dog?

Why not put a muzzle on your dog?

Why not try muzzle training for your dog?You may say, "I don't need to - my dog isn't aggressive."But could there be other reasons to teach your dog to accept a muzzle?There's a stigma around muzzles and people are put off from trying them, even if their dog does show...

Transform your dog with the basics

Transform your dog with the basics

So often trainers over-complicate things but really, so much of the gold results is in getting the foundations right. When you're facing a problem you would like to solve, ask, is there anything in the foundations that we haven't kept up with? The answer is often...

Puppy season

Puppy season

It’s always puppy season here at Dog Matters! If you know a someone who is getting a new puppy, or you are yourself and you would like to make sure you cover the important priorities so that your puppy develops into the best dog they can be, grab the Puppy Priorities...

Are you still struggling with leash pulling?

Are you still struggling with leash pulling?

Time and time again, I see people online trying to figure out the secret to stop their dog pulling on the leash. They've tried gadgets and gizmos a plenty, as The Little Mermaid would say... They've tried changing directions. They've tried standing still. They've...

Markers

Markers

Do you use markers in training? How many? Or are you reading this asking, “Tenille, what the heck is a marker?!” In today’s quick video I explain three types of markers we use in training and what they mean to your dog. Why use markers? Clarity! It's the best way to...

Still having trouble with leash pulling?

Still having trouble with leash pulling?

Today I am sending you a quick video about why your dog might still be pulling on the lead, despite all the tips and tricks you've tried. You can watch it here on Facebook. Thankfully, if you need more help with this, you can join the Frantic To Focused program and it...

Who your dog needs?

Who your dog needs?

Do you want to know the psychology behind any dog behaviour so that you can use it to solve any problem behaviour your dog might come up with? When it boils down to it, if a dog is performing a behaviour, they believe that there is something in it for them. (Kind of...

The two biggest obstacles to training success…

The two biggest obstacles to training success…

There's a couple of things I see come up over and over that prevent dog owners from reaching their training goals with their dogs. But above all else the one thing everyone needs more of? Patience. It's easy to get excited when you first start training and see some...