Over the past few decades, our greater understanding of how dogs learn has led to significant changes in the best way to train them. I want to give you a few pointers to get you started.
1. Biting, barking, chewing, digging and toileting in inappropriate places are all perfectly natural puppy behaviours.
Your new puppy will be only too happy to learn how to behave but they don't arrive...
“Train Your Baby Like a Dog” is the title of a new TV programme following dog trainer, behaviourist and mother of a toddler, Jo-Rosie Haffenden as she helps exhausted parents by applying methods she uses in dog training.
As you might expect, with a title like that, it’s caused a great deal of controversy internet-wide even before it’s been aired.
The broad concept isn't new. Here's a little background.
Whatever your puppy gets up to during the day, it will all seem so much easier if your puppy sleeps at night, allowing you to do the same.
If you're very lucky, your puppy will settle straight away. Most will take time to settle and some will become very distressed if left alone. I’m afraid there's no way to tell in advance how your puppy will behave. Even puppies from the same litter may vary.
The advice used to be to leave the puppy, put up with the noise and eventually, after a...
If you're a Game of Thrones fan do you look out for the Dire Wolves in every episode? Maybe you’re thinking of getting a ‘Dire Wolf’ puppy?
As a dog trainer, over the past few years, I've seen the effect the 'pet' dogs – the Direwolves – in Game of Thrones have had on the puppy buying public. It's inspired a video, this blog, and a t-shirt! (If you'd like the t-shirt click here)
Well, obviously you’re not actually getting a Direwolf as...
We dog lovers already know how strong the bond is between us and our dogs.
Recently, researchers in Japan reckoned they'd found out why dogs are our best friends.
Their research shows that when we gaze into our dog’s eyes we experience a rise in oxytocin — and so do they.
Popularly referred to as the ‘love hormone’, oxytocin is known to be associated with creating the feel-good factor that, for example, helps bond a parent and child.
New Scientist have created the...