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How to Choose a Dog Trainer

By admin in Blogs and advice on 24th May 2016 - No Comments

Working with a professional dog trainer is highly recommended. A good trainer will help you to better understand your dog and will get your dog to follow your cues in a positive and humane way. There are many dog trainers available in most areas and hence it is important to choose the trainer that fits your needs. In general, avoid compulsive and punishment based training. The following tips will help you in your decision: Request for recommendations from fellow dog owners and veterinarians. Make sure the trainer uses positive reinforcement methods and if possible, clicker training. Ask the trainer where he/she learned how …

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Choosing a rescue dog – tips and advice

By admin in Blogs and advice on 19th May 2016 - No Comments

Obviously when looking at acquiring a new four-legged member of the family there are numerous sources to choose from.  Choosing the right source is just as important as choosing the right dog.  You have the ethical and moral extremes of dedicated puppy breeders – through to choosing an abandoned dog from a rescue centre. I want to focus this blog on choosing a dog from the latter –and give some tips on what to expect. Choosing a dog from a rescue home is a strong ethical and moral choice as you are effectively giving an abandoned or abused dog another chance …

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Which Types of Collars and Harnesses are Safe for Your Dog?

By admin in Blogs and advice on 19th May 2016 - No Comments

I see Dogs wearing a variety of collars and harnesses.  While all of these collars and harnesses are sold online or in stores, some are not necessarily healthy or safe for all dogs. In this article, I provide a summary of the pros and cons of some of the various collars and harnesses for dogs. Rolled or flat collars Martingales Choke chains Pinch collars Front-attaching harnesses: Easy Walk Harness, Walk-in-Sync Harness, Freedom Harness. Head halters: Gentle Leader, By far the most common collar is the flat or rolled collar that fastens with a plastic clip or a buckle. These collars are the most convenient to slip on …

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Preventing Dog Bites by Learning to Greet Dogs Properly

By admin in Blogs and advice on 11th May 2016 - No Comments

The consensus among animal behaviour professionals is that the major cause of dog bites to humans is related to failure of owners and dog bite victims to recognize when dogs are fearful and know how to approach and greet dogs appropriately. But what exactly is the correct approach and why do so many people fail to do it? One issue is that we humans have an instant gut reaction to the cuteness of some dogs. It’s the same reaction we had as a child when we saw a cute teddy bear or other stuffed animal. As a result we treat pets …

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The difference between Obedience training and Behaviour consultancy

By admin in Blogs and advice on 10th May 2016 - No Comments

Recently I’ve been called out to a lot of client’s houses under the remit of providing some obedience training for their beloved pooch.  A familiar pattern that I’ve found on my first visit is to approach the front door, ring the bell and then listen as a clearly very angry canine attempts to get through the door to devour me.  I then often hear the owner’s attempts at controlling the dog, which invariably fail to appease the animal – before it is whisked away to another room.  Finally the door is opened and a nervous and bedraggled client greets me. Now …

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