Yaena, one of my clients, called me a few months ago as she wanted to learn more about dogs' behaviour in order to communicate better with her dog Marley, a gorgeous and lively Toy Poodle. We quickly approached the subject of the Kong, and with Yaena being extremely focused on food and the effect it has on humans and dogs alike, she started experimenting with Kong filler recipes. I asked Yaena if she would share some of her delicious, healthy and seasonal recipes with us, she said yes!...Read More
When we first think about getting a puppy, we think about the cuddles and all the fun stuff. However after a couple of days in our home we start scratching our heads and wonder how can such a small thing wee and poo so much. Where does it all come from? Then getting that little terror toilet trained becomes our new first priority.
Some dogs will be clean within a couple of weeks; some will take...
Sarah Whitehead is probably one of the most qualified Dog (and cat) Behaviourists in Europe; and the UK’s most respected Behaviourist. Sarah wrote a few books, however my favourite one is Clever Dog. Clever Dog is the compilation of some of the Behavioural Cases Sarah’s dealt with over her 25 years of experience.
There are a few things I like about this book; firstly, it’s very accessible to everyone (very little Dog Training and Behavioural jargon). Secondly...Read More
Us humans, don't always see the world the ways dogs do. A big part of my job is to translate dogs' behaviour to their humans, as well as clarifying how dogs perceive our (sometimes strange) own behaviours. Here are three examples of common human/dog miscommunication....Read More
We too often assume that dogs can think and feel as we do, but they don’t. Dogs don’t think Right vs. Wrong, they think Safe vs. Dangerous, and so if something feels unsafe to them (scary), they will defend themselves, try to get that scary thing to move away, or at least move away from the situation......Read More
I know it’s still only September, but now is a good time to start thinking about how you can help your dog if he is scared of fireworks.
Allow your dog to find a safe space around your home, if your dog is happy in his crate, that’s a good place to start. If it’s under the sofa, so be it. Dogs like small spaces. Make sure...
It can take ages to get your dog to walk well on a lead. I don't like to train using harsh equipment, so clicker training and some patience is often the best way.Read More
I sometimes hear clients say they were told by Dog Trainers, or that they read in various dog training books that they should never play Tug Of War with their dogs. Surprisingly, the belief that playing Tug Of War could increase aggression and dominance in dogs is still out there.
This is interesting, as not only the idea that a game of Tug Of War could be dangerous is wrong, it is also completely the opposite. On the contrary, it is a great way to get your dog to....Read More