Simple Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Training Time!

Simple Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Training Time!

Fitting in time for training can be a challenge for many people so here are some tips to help you get the most out of your training time. Teach new skills in an area that is free of distractions so your dog can focus easily. As your dog progresses, strengthen the training by adding one of “duration”, “distance” and “distractions.” “Duration” refers to the length of time a dog can stay in a sit or a down for example. “Distance” refers to the distance from the trainer at which a dog can do an exercise. “Distraction” refers to things that … Continue reading

What “Play” Between Dogs Means…

What "Play" Between Dogs Means...

Lots of interesting research is being done on dog behavior and one fascinating field of study is on play.   Play is thought to serve several functions. For dogs, coyotes, wolves and foxes, play is important for the development of social skills, for the formation and maintenance of social bonds, to provide exercise and to teach hand-eye coordination. Play fighting and other play behaviors can provide practice for the real thing (Bekoff & Pierce, 2009). To solicit play, dogs frequently offer a “play bow” (a pose where the animal crouches down on the forepaws and sticks their hindquarters in the … Continue reading

To Tug or Not to Tug?

Tug Play With Your Dog

Wasn’t it Shakespeare who wrote, “To tug or not to tug, that is the question…?” Yes I know… a bad joke… but why is it so commonly believed that you shouldn’t play tug with your dog or, if you do play tug, that you should NEVER let the dog ‘win’? This belief seems to be one of many that continue to exist even though the behaviour theory it stems from (relating to social hierarchy) was invalidated years ago. So should you play tug with your dog or not? The answer is: It depends. I say “it depends” because… let’s face facts… … 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