This week is national adoption week and although this really applies to all those wonderful people to take on children who need new parents it also applies to those of us who adopt rescue dogs. Taking on a new dog is a challenge for everybody but if it this is the dog who already has history through no fault of their own then it’s a bigger challenge, I know I’ve rescued over 27 dogs. I thought I’d like to share a few memories about a few of those who taught me so much about d
Now that we are keeping our back doors shut thanks to this dreadful rain and wind, you may find that your pups are feeling restricted and maybe bored. Maybe there’s a bit more noise? Chewing? Are they noticing people passing the house more and barking? Struggling to use the phone, as your pup wants to join in? Now is the time to look at what you can teach indoors: Why not take a look at my scentwork page for beginners? It gives a complete 7 day programme to teach your dog th
Don’t panic but do try and work out why. This is because, the trainer that you contact will ask you if you have an idea as to why. Here are some reasons why a dog can “suddenly “ become reactive. 1: They have hit adolescence and it is all getting a bit too much – those hormones flushing through the young dog’s body can cause all sorts of hiccups! 2: They had an encounter with another dog which has caused worry – either with or without your own feelings being considered. Ofte
It’s been quite a fortnight here at the training centre. We have had some tremendous weather conditions to cope with. Apart from seeing a couple of clients very first thing, we cancelled the group sessions because of the very hot sunshine. No need to put any dog at risk by exposing them to either working or travelling in that heat! So, we rescheduled but then had to put up with some crazy storms instead. The fundraising barbecue raised over £355 for the RNLI and I want to
Okay why did you get this particular dog?
So many of us are wrapped up in our lives trying to get it right for our dogs by training, trying to get it right for our families, trying to get it right for ourselves and on and on and on but how many times do you just stop a stroke your dog, enjoy being with them without thinking what else has to be done?
When you decided to get this particular dog what was your plan?
Were you hoping for a constant companion as you want the hill
Just been out into our secure field to give our dogs a run and despite the wind and rain, they loved being outdoor with us. But they stayed close and were not as keen to explore for long. They didn’t like the creaking trees or the wind howling. Rain they could cope with, however, as soon as we chose to return home for coffee, they were straight by our sides and quickly settled down on their beds. I am not sure they enjoyed their trip out. Which is why whenever I work with my
I have been a dog trainer for over 40 years after working with my first and second dogs at a local dog club. I soon became involved with helping out and then fast tracked to taking my own classes and eventually taking over the Little Woodcote dog training club near Banstead in Surrey. I ran this for several years and in 1990 became incredibly involved in promoting the Responsible Dog Ownership campaign. We fundraised for the ITV Telethon raising well over £10,000, and as t