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Halloween and fear problems

A percentage of dogs each year will show heightened or extreme (phobic) fear responses to fireworks. Preventative advice may help reduce the occurrence or development of these responses. A fearful temperament can be inherited, and a percentage of dogs in the population will, as result of their genetic makeup be more likely to respond with fear to a variety of situations. Studies have found that events which are unpredictable, and which the animal is unable to control in any way […]

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Dog Training Video Library

“Dog Training Made Easy” Video Library In partnership with Dogs Trust, we are happy to present a series of videos – Dog Training Made Easy – to teach your dog basic training and commands. Carolyn Menteith, host of the 25 videos, guides dog owners through important topics such as handling your dog, biting, sitting, barking, digging, eating poo, commands such as sit, stay, and retrieve, and so much more. These videos are around 2-5 minutes each and can be watched […]

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Dogs Trust iPhone Apps available for download

Dogs Trust have produced two applications for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. iMutt is a free game where you help a dog in a centre prepare for life in a loving home, and You and Your Puppy is an information-packed resource for anyone who is thinking of rehoming or buying a puppy or has recently done so. iMutt Meet iMutt, our brand new iPhone/iPod app!  In this interactive game, you can take a look behind the scenes and walk in […]

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Training Tips 3 – Crate Training

Crate training Crates should be used with caution in dogs with anxiety issues.  If the dog is locked in too early and still very anxious they will make a desperate attempt to escape, potentially injuring themselves.  With destructive dogs it is tempting to confine them to an indoor crate but this often merely contains the dog and localises the destruction.  Owners may not be aware that the dog is still extremely distressed and do not notice the damage the dog is doing […]

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Training Tips 2 – Things I Can Do!

Sit Have the clicker in one hand and a treat in the other.  Put your hand with the treat over the top of the dogs nose and about two inches from his head.  Move the treat over his head.  As he tilts his head up to follow the treat his back end will tend to go down.  As soon he puts his bum is on the ground click and give the treat.  Repeat 10-15 times.  When he reaches 80% success […]

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Training Tips 1 – Methods

Are you relaxed & interested yet? Never try to train your dog until after exercise when he is more physically tired and more mentally focused and alert.  If using treats, train before mealtimes when he is hungry and keener to work.  Remember: reward the behaviour you want and ignore the behaviour you don’t want. Signals, not commands It is better to think of training as a set of signals you are sending your dog.  This way when he can’t perform […]

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