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
Don’t worry, many owners feel this which is why I always encourage new owners to keep a diary so that they can see the progress that they have really made. But if you haven’t done this yet, why not start today? If you don’t measure your results you will have little or no idea if you are succeeding or not. This is one of the most common problems. If we have no starting place, then we tend to think the worse! Let’s look at Distance this week: What we are going to do is measure
Some useful tips from the South Downs Dog Trainer As someone who has worked with many thousands of dogs and their owners, and owned well over 32 German Shepherds - many of these were rescues, I thought I would put together some helpful handling ideas for our dog owners. FEEL YOUR COLLAR!! At no point should a child or children be allowed to do this exercise!! This little exercise helps desensitize your dog to having their collar grabbed, to perhaps being moved around via hi
Since dogs don’t talk, spoken language isn’t as important to them as it is to people. While they can learn what certain words mean, dogs understand non-verbal signals like tone of voice, gestures and posture better than they understand words. It’s a reason why dogs from a foreign land, can still cope in this country. For example, why not get your dog’s attention and then, in a happy voice, call him to you using a different command than he’s used to and a different name than h
Since we moved back to the country I have been reminded once again of the importance of having control of dogs around livestock and horses. Over the years I have been lucky enough to work with many landowners who have horses and they have been kind enough to welcome us to use their outdoor riding schools for dog training purposes. This has allowed me to remind owners of the importance of keeping their dogs under control. However, there’s been an explosion of new dog ownership
Oh boy hasn't it got grim outdoors? Somehow the sunshine we had in the summer seems to have faded into a distant memory and now we have to stay indoors with all the Government guidelines. Didn't seem quite so bad when the sun was shining as we could take our dogs for lovely lazy sunny walks. Now if we get out at all, its is so dreary and wet and muddy - so after a walk, who wants to play with their dog. Not many of us, I bet. This is where you can go back and follow my s
I have been privileged to live with over 30 German shepherd dogs, many of these have been rescue dogs and have come to us at all sorts of ages. I have trained many more and this has taught us a lot!
I have been delighted to help many owners of this magnificent breed and although would never hold myself up as an expert, is there such a person? I have had plenty of experience with them and they have taught me a lot.
When my daughter was a youngster, I welcomed a young working