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 […]