Children & Dogs

Manners cost nothing

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“I can remember, I was about 9 or 10 years old when it happened. I mean, the touching had been going on for years, day in, day out… but this particular instance was when I was around 10 years old. I didn’t know him, but a man came up to me in the park, stroked […]

Living with dogs

Shock Collars WILL be banned… well, almost…

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Shock Collar Ban Announced Back in March we celebrated the announcement that the English government would bring into force a ban on electric shock collars following the lead of the Welsh ban already in force and the Scottish ban coming into force. Something dog behaviour professionals and animal welfare organisations have been campaigning for. This […]

Living with dogs

Tips for a dog-friendly Easter

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Easter with your dog Easter is a great time for spending time with the family, and with special dog-safe Easter Eggs available to buy, even the pooch can join in! However, there are also hazards you need to be aware of.  ChocolateChocolate contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs. Even a small amount of chocolate […]

Behaviour Problems

What is Force-Free? My Promise

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Apparently, it’s impossible to train dogs completely without force? Dictionary Definition of force: “coercion or compulsion, especially with the use or threat of violence.” I stand by my force-free stance, and I make a promise to you as my client or potential future client. As a force-free behaviour consultant, I promise: I will explain fully […]

Behaviour Problems

The Truth About Punishment

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Firstly, let me state that I am a force free, reward based trainer. Now, I’m going to tell you something about punishment that some reward based/force free trainers don’t want you to know. It works. Of course it works! We’ve seen it work in all sorts of animals and it’s scientifically proven through hundreds of […]

Children & Dogs

Raising Children & Dogs Together

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I recently had the pleasure of discussing the challenges, benefits, and details of raising children around dogs with mum of two, Rachel Fletcher who also owns a Basset Fauve de Bretagne, Kipper. Below is her interview. Have you grown up with dogs? Mostly, though I wouldn’t say I had a good understanding of their behaviour […]

Living with dogs

Puppies or Puppets? ‘The How!’

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Last week I wrote about giving our dogs more control over their everyday lives and allowing them to make choices of their own. This week I move on from the ‘why’ to the ‘how’. I received a good question on last week’s blog regarding how you can allow a puppy to have more choices whilst […]