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 of time around dogs and a great love for them, and someone who can...

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 other hope is there? JUST KIDDING... Because I know...

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 a top motivator, we can use feeding time to our advantage for good...

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 they are speaking to me is usually because the same dog is showing...

“I just don’t like her”

Often I meet dogs who show some degree of aggression or reactivity towards other dogs, but it seems random. It’s only some dogs. Sometimes we can see that it is only fluffy dogs, flat faced dogs or dogs or a certain breed type. It’s like a little doggy racist. But at...

When you shouldn’t socialise your puppy

“We should have socialised her more!” The owners feel bad. Their dog has serious issues now. They feel they should have socialised her more. They tried though. They took the advice of the vet to keep her home until the vaccinations were finished. Then they were able...

How to get an assistance or support dog

I had a recent question from a follower along the lines of: What breed makes a good assistance dog for mental health support? There's a lot of variables in this situation. With support and assistance dogs becoming more popular, we want to make sure we maintain a good...

Don’t name it til you love it

If you are in a foreign country and you don’t know the language, no amount of repeating the same word to you is going to make you understand it. You would need to be shown what it means by pointing at an object or using a translator. Remember too that your dog speaks...

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...

Free ebook + submit questions

Today I want to highlight my most recent free ebook, the, "Good Dog," ebook. Amazing name, right?While it may not be as in depth as some of my other books, this is one of my favourites because it's all about understanding the way your dog thinks and how to apply this...
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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frantic

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