About Laura McIvor

Hi guys, I’m Laura McIvor - self confessed animal lover, aspiring dog trainer and creator of Bonnie’s Dog Blog NI. I am passionate about positive reinforcement training techniques, and animal welfare and enrichment. I live with my partner and together we have a rescue border collie, four degus and soon will be welcoming a rough collie puppy into our ever growing family. We reside in Northern Ireland, UK and love to support the growing number of local and independent dog friendly establishments, products and services in our “wee country”. As well as covering dog friendly locations in NI (with our handy interactive map) the blog also covers Bonnie's daily life, training progress, product reviews and more. You can also follow our adventures on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

Top 4 Puppy Life Lessons

Top 4 Puppy Life Lessons

Welcoming a puppy into the family is an exciting and busy time spent getting to know the pup, building a bond and of course lots of puppy cuddles! It’s easy to get caught up in house training and basic obedience training, such as learning to sit and walk on the lead, that teaching important puppy life skills might be missed out on. The following life lessons will help your pup to grow into a happy, confident and stable adult dog who is a pleasure to own. Socialisation Early puppy socialisation between 12-16 weeks old is the most crucial stage of … Continue reading

5 Benefits of Trick Training Your Dog

Trick Training Benefits for You and Your Dog

Trick training isn’t just about learning cool tricks to show off, there are plenty of benefits to incorporating some time for trick training into your dog’s daily routine. Improve Your Bond Using positive reinforcement training techniques increases your dog’s positive associations with you so that your dog will be more keen to train with you in future. Trick training helps improve a dog’s focus and engagement as it learns to have fun while working with its owner. Increased focus and engagement will help in other training areas such as loose lead walking and working around distractions. Trick training is a … Continue reading