Helping Dogs With Anxiety

People are spoiling their dogs more than ever. Yet anxiety in dogs is becoming more and more common. How could this be? We often have the best intentions when giving our dog freedoms around the...

Walking Your Dog: What To Do In An Emergency

What do you do in an emergency with your dog? Like an off leash dog running up to you on your walk? Oh gee, I know how stressful and scary that can be. I do! And when it comes to off leash dogs it...

When Your Dog Is Triggered

Is there something that triggers your dog? If your dog has something that, “sets them off,” this is often referred to as a trigger. I’ve seen dogs go bonkers over cars, bikes, other dogs, children,...

Your Relationship With Your Dog

Do you feel like you have a good relationship with your dog? A good bond? It’s easy to love a dog and have them love you back. But going deeper, is there respect and true understanding? Does your...

Leash Skills To Stop Your Dog Pulling On The Leash

Simple leash skills every owner should know Pulling on the leash is a natural behaviour for a dog. But it’s not healthy to let them continue to pull because no matter what your leash is attached to,...

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Tips, advices and balanced trainings for dog owners.

How To Teach Your Dog To Drop Their Toy

How To Teach Your Dog To Drop Their Toy

Playing with our dogs is fun, or it should be, but it’s hard to keep the game going if the dog won’t give up their prize! Whether you’re playing fetch or tug, your dog should know to drop the item when told. So if your dog brings the toy back or plays tug happily but...

How To Get The Most Out of Your Dog’s Meals

How To Get The Most Out of Your Dog’s Meals

Every time we interact with our dogs they are learning from us – for better or worse. And every time we provide them with a resource such as their daily meals, we have an opportunity to use it as a reward or as a job to keep them occupied. This article is to help you...

Treating Dogs As Furry Humans – What’s The Harm?

Treating Dogs As Furry Humans – What’s The Harm?

I recently had a question sent in from a subscriber who had been told by another trainer that she humanised her dogs too much and it was causing issues with jealousy and fighting. She asked, could this really be the case? Apart from her specific situation, I thought...

Can You Trust Your Dog With Chickens?

Can You Trust Your Dog With Chickens?

When I was a kid we lived on 5 acres and to my delight it was somewhat a mini farm. We had horses, chickens, 3 small dogs, pet birds and reptiles. At various times we even did some wildlife caring and had a wallaby joey, a kangaroo joey and a possum named Glenn. Our...

Dog Training Online: Does It Work?

Dog Training Online: Does It Work?

It makes sense that you can learn dog training online - you can learn just about anything online these days! When I wanted to learn guitar, I learned online. It was way more flexible and convenient that travelling to a guitar teacher and cheaper than hiring someone...

How To Stop Nervous Peeing In Puppies Or Dogs

How To Stop Nervous Peeing In Puppies Or Dogs

Have you ever had a nervous wee? No judgement here, it happens. It's probably easier to talk about our dog's doing it though. I recently had a question to the inbox from Ally about her young pup of 14 weeks having this issue. I thought I'd share the tips here since...

Is Your Dog A Fussy Eater?

Is Your Dog A Fussy Eater?

For most people, their dogs seem like they’re always ready to eat - anything, anytime. If it’s food, the dog wants it. But for others, they are constantly trying to convince their dog to eat like a parent with a toddler refusing to eat their broccoli. For...

Work Your Dog’s Brain! Fun Mind Games For Your Dog

Work Your Dog’s Brain! Fun Mind Games For Your Dog

The Importance Of Mental Stimulation For Pets These days, everyone is busy. This means that many dogs spend a lot of time at home in the house or yard with not a lot to do. Yet at the same time, our dogs have often been bred to work and use their amazing brains to do...