Simple Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called!

Simple Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called!

As a trainer, I often get calls from people who want to know how to teach their dog to reliably come when called. To teach the dog to come when called (or improve a less than stellar recall in a dog), start with some basic exercises and avoid doing things that take away from the training. Initially, train in a safe, fenced, distraction-free area. Make a note of what your dog finds rewarding. It might be high value treats like dehydrated meat, or toys or a game of tug. Build a strong relationship with the dog by using rewards in … Continue reading

The Daily Dog Walk… Really? Do I Have to?

Dog Walk Issues: Should You Always Walk Your Pet Dog?

You’re feeling guilty about your dog. You look at him and he gazes back with those patient brown eyes that can see right into your heart. You feel guilty because you’ve been so rushed today that you didn’t fit in a morning walk, and now it’s pouring with rain and you can’t face it. But have another look at those gorgeous brown eyes: what’s your dog trying to tell you?   He’s saying that what he wants is some time with you – some action, yes, to use up his huge store of energy – but mainly it’s time enjoying … Continue reading

10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy Indoors This Winter

Winter Season for Your Pet Dogs! How to Have Fun and Enjoy…

When winter is here in full strength, and the weather is just too cold to spend as much time outside with your dog as you normally would… what could you possibly do to keep you and your dog occupied?   Playing in the snow is fun, and your dog might even enjoy it. But lets face it, sometimes its nice to just stay all warm and snug as a bug in a rug indoors. Today, I would like to share my 10 ways to keep your dog busy indoors. 1. Hide and sniff!   Put a k-9 spin 0n the … Continue reading

3 Great Ways to Have Fun with Your Dog Indoors

Indoors? Enjoying Time With Your Pet Dogs

It is spring in London and the weather is alternating between unseasonably warm and tipping down with chilly rain. My adopted greyhound Ronnie is generally delighted to be outside except when it’s really dry and hot or super wet so recently we have been spending more time than usual indoors. On days when his walk are shorter and he hasn’t had a chance to sprint across the park, he comes home with pent up energy that gets used throwing socks around and chewing up toilet rolls. He’s a 30lb dog with a stubborn bent so his shenanigans can get annoying, … Continue reading

6 Mental Stimulating Games to Play with Your Dog!

Mental Stimuation Games for Your Pet Dog

Sometimes it’s just not feasible to exercise your pet. Whether due to injury, illness, age or weather, what can you do when getting your dog outside just isn’t an option? Most dog trainers will tell you, a tired dog is a good dog. What many people overlook in exercising their pets, is that mental stimulation can tire your pet out, as well, if not better than physical exercise. Here are six easy and simple ways to exercise your dog’s mind: Food Toys Food toys, such as the ones made by Kong, can really keep a dog busy. Some people use … Continue reading