Why won’t my dog listen?

Have you been trying to teach your dog not to jump. Every time he jumps you yell no, but he just isn’t getting the message. It’s frustrating, and you are now stuck. What if I told you dog’s do not understand the word “No”? I can feel you all questioning me now. Want me to really blow your mind? I …

Open letter to Midwives, Doulas and Pregnancy Support workers

I don’t believe it matters what industry you work in; people will always ask you for your opinion on a topic we might know little about. Don’t get me wrong, after years in a profession we can start to get more of an idea of sub-categories of information. The amount of times I, as a dog trainer, have been asked …

Time eventually runs out……

To do this job he needs some help from his parents, to guide him to make good choices and to help his new brother or sister to interact respectfully. Its easy to think it’s not important, not when compared to everything else that is going on… you have a birth to prepare for. That one day is huge, don’t get …

Entertaining your dog while Breastfeeding

This week is international breast feeding week. So today I wanted to share some tips on activities you can do or arrange for your dog while your feeding your baby. Why do anything at all? While some dogs are completely content just sleeping while you feed, there are more dogs that see you sitting down as an invitation to harass …

Selecting the right breeder for you

I’m often asked by people “What is the best breed?” Well, that is a loaded question. If you’ve ever been to a dog show (or watched the movie “Best in Show”) you will know that the dog owning world is passionate. Go to an agility event and have the working dog owners strutting around like they own the joint (I …

Have you made this Dog owning mistake?

Dog owners all know that we make mistakes, it could be leaving the bread on the counter and reinforcing a counter surfer, or maybe it’s that day when you let your pup jump up as he was just so cute and little, now your 40kg dog tries to launch whenever he sees you. Mostly, our mistakes are training flaws and …

Are we unfair on our dogs?

The years have not fared well for our dogs, only a generation ago things were very different. Our dogs are now blamed for all our short comings, this is not the case with nearly every other animal. Let me explain. Back in the 1980’s I was bitten (minor) by a dog. Owned by my great uncle, this old dog, probably …

Child and Dog Safety

Considering recent events, I have something to say about dogs and kids. I see many people who truly love their dogs, love their kids, but don’t understand how to live with them both safely. I see posts in random groups that state comments like “don’t worry, your dog will love your child, because he loves you”, or “my dog is …

Giving the Kids some Dog responsibility

So the kids pestered you to get a dog, but now the novelty has worn off and you’ve been left with the responsibility of another kid (yes this one does have fur). It’s time to engage the kids in the care of the dog. Caring for a dog increases empathy and respect plus additional health benefits. The first job parents …