The Importance of Understanding Your Dog’s Growl

Growl Actions of Dogs and What Does It Mean?

One of the most misunderstood forms of canine communication is your dog’s growl. For a dog, growling is a way that they are able to get across to the people and other animals around them that they are feeling uncomfortable.   A dog cannot turn around and say to you “I don’t like that can you please stop” or “I’m really tired and just want to be left alone” instead he lets you know by growling. The problem is that many people interrupt the dog growling to be an unwanted behaviour and so they start to punish the dog whenever … Continue reading

The 4 Quadrants of Dog Training: Are You Doing All Four?

Dog Training and Positive Reinforcement Tips

There are four ‘quadrants’ when it comes to dog training; positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment and negative punishment. To summarise quickly… Positive reinforcement is when you add something to the dogs environment that he likes for example if he sits he gets a piece of cheese. This increases the chances of the behaviour happening again. Negative reinforcement is when you remove something the dog doesn’t like from the environment; for example stopping an electric shock when the dog eventually sits down. The dog learns that by sitting he avoids the shock thus increasing the chances of the behaviour happening … Continue reading

New, Mentally Stimulating Ways to Feed Your Dog!

Feed Your Dog Tips to Make It More Fun

People are slowly becoming more aware that dogs need mental stimulation as part of their everyday lives as well as physical exercise. Mental stimulation is a type of thinking stimulation and includes things like problem solving, using their senses i.e. sniffing and co-ordination. The wild dogs use their mental energy by just surviving, for example sniffing out and hunting for food as well as avoiding any dangers that might be present. When we share a home with our dogs, we provide their food for them and protect them from anything that is potentially harmful BUT our dogs still have the … Continue reading

Why Dog Walking Is More Than Just “Walking the Dog”

Walking Benefits for Your Pet Dog

Many people who own dogs understand that they need some kind of physical exercise each day to stay healthy. This could be a game of fetch in the park, an agility session or even a long walk. In fact the reason most people take their dogs out for walks is to provide them with the physical exercise that they need. The benefit of taking your dog for walks is that it does not just provide physical stimulation but it can also be a great way to provide your dog with mental stimulation too. Several trainers have a great way of … Continue reading

How Dog Training Can Help Keep Your Dog Healthy

Dog Training Benefits in Having a Healthy Pet

Many people consider dog training to only be for those that want their dogs to be able to perform tricks or for owners that want their dogs to take part in a dog related sport such as obedience or agility. However training can be put to use in such a way that it can make carrying out certain tasks so much easier! When we take on a dog we also take on the responsibility of making sure that animal stays healthy, and this means regular health checks are in order. As well as health checks there are also procedures that … Continue reading

How to Create a Good, Safe Relationship Between Your Dog and Child

Relationship Tips Between a Child, Owner and a Pet Dog

There are currently numerous photos and videos floating around various social media platforms depicting our children’s ‘fantastic’ relationship with our pets.   Captions such as “Fido is great with children, they can climb and jump on him and even grab his tail and he just won’t react” are posted next to photos off very uncomfortable and stressed looking animals. It is amazing what interactions some adults allow without stopping to consider their dog; pulling of ears and tails, hitting, kicking, grabbing, pinching, pushing and screaming at. All of these actions are slowly going to make your dog wary of children, … Continue reading

Can Deaf Dogs Understand Sign Language? My Dog Does…

Deaf Dogs Training Using Sign Language

I am the proud owner of a deaf Dalmatian called Logan. A dog considered by many to be untrainable because of the fact he cannot hear. The truth; I’d have a deaf dog over a hearing one any day! When I was researching deaf dogs both when Logan was a puppy and when writing a previous article I was amazed at the negativity towards owning a deaf dog, with many people, sites, books and breeding clubs suggesting euthanasia as the only option for a dog that cannot hear. After all they have no quality of life, become aggressive, are untrainable … Continue reading