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...

Dog Matters Blog

Tips, advices and balanced trainings for dog owners.

Furbabies

Furbabies

Last week I had someone write in asking whether humanising her dogs too much could be the reason she is experiencing behaviour issues. It got me thinking about the, "furkids," trend and asking the question - is there really any harm in treating dogs like children? So...

That’s mine! [Resource guarding and goals]

That’s mine! [Resource guarding and goals]

If you've ever met a dog that growls over food or other items, you should check out my article. Read the blog post here. As with many dog issues, one of the most common obstacles I see get in the way of success is rushing the training - the handler wanting to reach...

Helping Dogs With Anxiety

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 house such as freedom to go anywhere on the property whenever they like....

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 can take us by surprise and it’s not our fault. But it can really throw...

When Your Dog Is Triggered

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, adults, horses, cows, leaves, trees, surfboards, kites, kangaroos. The...

Your Relationship With Your Dog

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 dog respect you whether you’re home or out, whether there are...

Leash Skills To Stop Your Dog Pulling On The Leash

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, constant pressure on the dog can cause damage (even with harnesses...

How Your Thoughts Affect Your Dog’s Behaviour

How Your Thoughts Affect Your Dog’s Behaviour

It’s not rocket science, our thoughts affect our actions. But do you always pay attention to your thoughts? What about when it comes to your dog’s behaviour - could it be that your thoughts affect that too? Well if thoughts affect decisions and actions, that...

What Is Impulse Control and How It Can Help Your Dog

What Is Impulse Control and How It Can Help Your Dog

Would you describe your dog’s behaviour around the home as calm and controlled, or more chaotic? Can you trust them around your belongings without them being destroyed? Does your dog push past you and barge through doorways and gates? Or wait calmly until they’re...