Dog Training

The importance of exercise and play for your dog

Dogs have been bred to want to work with us, cooperate with us, and of course, please us. It's no secret that training and playing with your dog works in conjunction with this natural instinct and desire to build a great relationship and deepen our bond with our four legged pals. Not only is it good for our dog's mental and physical wellbeing, but our own too. In this blog I will share my top tips on playing and training your...

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7 Things To Consider Before Adopting a Rescue Dog

Adopting a dog from a shelter can be a great and wonderful thing for the whole family, but it comes with a big responsibility. There’s lots to consider before you decide to commit to adopting a dog. Your goal is to provide this dog with a forever home, so it’s essential to know and understand what you are getting into. A dog is a multi-year commitment of care, which involves ensuring their safety, wellbeing, feeding and housing them, and keeping...

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Things to Consider Before Getting a Cross-Breed Dog

A crossbreed dog is a dog whose parents are of two separate breeds, or a mixture of several breeds. So, for example, a goldendoodle is a combination of a golden retriever and a poodle. The dog will in turn, theoretically, inherit the hypoallergenic properties of a poodle, and the playful and gentle personality of a golden retriever. When it comes to choosing the right breed of dog for you or your family, there are a lot of important factors to consider;...

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Recall Training Your Dog

Recall training your dog and teaching them to return to you when called is one of the most important things you can train your dog to do. It ensures their safety as well as the safety of others around you, while also giving them more freedom. Every time we ask our dog to come back to us, we are asking them to stop what they are doing and turn away from whatever is holding their interest. In order to build...

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How To Lead Train Your Dog

Teaching your dog to walk on a lead is one of the most important responsibilities as a pet owner. It is essentially teaching them to walk by your side, and is a great exercise to practice to guarantee walks are safe and enjoyable for you both. It is a great exercise to start within the home. Many people think dogs naturally know how to walk on a lead, however it is a skill that needs to be trained. It’s important...

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Command Training Your Dog (Sit, Stay, Lie Down)

Training your dog the basics of obedience is an important responsibility as a pet owner. A dog that will respond to your commands and come back when called will help keep him out of harm’s way and going missing. I always recommend training your dog as soon as possible. For a puppy, as soon as you get them between 8-12 weeks,  light training such as house training or crate training can be done at this stage. When your dog is...

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Teaching Your Dog To Stop Doing Something

Training your dog to understand ‘leave it’ or ‘no’ can be beneficial when they are doing something undesirable or investigating something they shouldn’t. It can also stop them doing something that might result in injury, such as eating something harmful like chocolate. In all of these situations, your dog needs to be under control and be able to listen and respond to your commands quickly. The idea is for you to be able to get your dog's attention and distract them...

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10 Different Dog Behaviours Explained

Every dog has their own unique personality that makes us humans love and care for them so much. But nearly all dogs share a few patterns of unusual, crazy, and sometimes downright bizarre behaviour. If you've ever wondered, "Why is my dog doing that?", you're probably not alone. Some are straightforward and easy to understand, but others can be more difficult to interpret. See our blog post below on ten different dog behaviours explained! 1.Why Is My Dog Tilting His Head? If your...

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What Play Style Suits My Dog?

Playtime: AKA, your dog’s favourite time of day (other than dinner time of course!) While some activities will always get their tail wagging, other forms of play may cause your dog to turn up their nose. This is because all dogs have unique play styles influenced by their breed, how they were raised, their training and individual preferences. See our blog below on which dog play styles best fit your four legged friend. The Wrestler The wrestlers like to wrestle. This includes full body...

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Separation Anxiety and Your Dog: How to Help

Whether you're returning to the office or going back to school, leaving your puppy or adult dog at home alone isn't an easy task. Some dogs adapt right away without their owners being around them throughout the day, while others may cry or bark excessively as soon as their owners walk out the door. It's essential to teach your dog that it's okay to left alone and that there's no need to panic; likewise, you must understand your puppy isn't barking...

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