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MOTIVATIONAL TRAINING… Why playing tug is a great form of reward for your dog!

MOTIVATIONAL TRAINING… Working breed dogs such as Kelpies, Border Collies, Heelers, Terriers and any mixed breed with working lines – these dogs are almost always busy minded dogs and may exhibit an exhausting amount of energy and hyperactivity. And it doesn’t just end there….Boxers, Staffies, Labradors, Shepherds etc, the list goes on. Teaching some obedience […]

COMING OF AGE…when did your sweet puppy turn into the teenager from hell?

Why is it that we see a large number of adolescent (teenage) dogs surrendered to shelters and pounds? The reason might be that when some dogs hit teenage-hood, they can become difficult to handle, destructive and even challenge their owners in some cases. We can liken them to 15 or 16 year old human teenagers […]

WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER COMPARE BETWEEN YOUR DOGS

“Our previous dog was never like that” or “Our previous dog was perfect, not like this one”….Why you should never compare between your dogs!!! We don’t (or shouldn’t) compare our children between each other because we understand that each child is uniquely different even though they were born to same parents.  We usually understand that each child […]

JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS

“I dont want/need my dog jumping hoops!” This is what some people tell me when they make enquiries about obedience training their dog/s. Somehow some think that obedience training involves teaching tricks like jumping through hoops or other such fancy tricks. Well we’re here to tell you that obedience training has absolutely nothing to do […]

MANAGING A MULTI DOG HOUSEHOLD

Forget the old “Pat the dominant dog first” or “feed the dominant dog first” rubbish. This creates more problems than solving them! Treat ALL dogs in your home as equals, meaning all dogs must abide by your household rules as well as practice manners and self control. Therefore YOU pat/feed whichever dog YOU want to […]

ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT

TIPS ON PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTAL STIMULATION FOR YOUR DOG…by Tammie Willersdorf Written by our valued team member, Tammie, here are some great tips on how to provide mental stimulation, environmental enrichment and boredom busters for your dog!! Mental Stimulation Get them working for their food – Banish the bowl! 
Enrichment feeding options: • Kibble in cereal […]

DOES MY DOG NEED TRAINING???

Trainers hear the following statement all the time. “My dog doesn’t need training because (insert reason here)”! This is like saying “My child doesn’t need to go to school because (insert reason here)” ALL dogs need training, exposure and socialisation regardless of breed, size, temperament, whatever! A little training can go a long way in creating a safe […]