Muzzle Nuzzle

Muzzle Nuzzle

Muzzle Nuzzle A dog-friendly alternative to human forms of affection. It’s worth noting at the beginning of this post that a dog’s reaction to our human behaviours and ways of interacting with our dogs will vary from dog to dog. Some dogs will be very...
Doubting Dominance

Doubting Dominance

Doubting Dominance Why it’s not a sound basis for dog training methods. Continuing on from last week’s more general blog post on Dominance in Dogs, in this post I will focus more on how the dominance theory has and continues to affect dog training methods...
New Year Same Dog

New Year Same Dog

New YearSame Dog As the year changes, your dog, most likely, does not, but take this opportunity to review his/her wellbeing. We humans often have ambitious ideas about what the transition into a new year can do for us personally. We sometimes view it as a magic pill,...
Stress Busting

Stress Busting

Stress Busting Helping you notice signs of stress in your dog, so that you can help your dog deal with it. I already covered a lot in my other post about stress, and something that was repeated a lot in that post will be repeated here once more: observing your dog is...
Happy Walking

Happy Walking

Happy Walking Work on the walk. ┬áIn summary: Teach your dog a contact/attention sound – a valuable tool, which you can use in any and all situations to help ensure your dog’s safety and wellbeing. Create distance between your dog and the situations in...
Signals & Vocals

Signals & Vocals

Signals & Vocals Worksheets to help you understand your dog better. I’ve written about and provided resources for calming signals in my previous posts. But as with anything, it’s no good knowing something if you don’t do anything with that...
Observing Instincts

Observing Instincts

Observing Instincts Observe, understand, foster. My previous post on “Instincts” already covered some of the most common instinctual behaviours in dogs in some detail, so I won’t go into those details here (but go and read the previous post from the...
How “Street” Are Your Dogs?

How “Street” Are Your Dogs?

How “Street” Are Your Dogs? Provide your dogs with the best parts of “street life”. We make so many decisions for our dogs; we choose when they eat, what they eat, when they get to go to the toilet, how long their walks last, when they sleep,...
Calming Signals Infographic

Calming Signals Infographic

Calming Signals What are they, and how you can recognise them. Calming signals, mystery to some, misunderstood by many. Learn to notice and respond to dogs’ calming signals though and you’ll find a completely different level of understanding and...