Top 5 Reasons Your Dog Isn’t Listening to You!

Top 5 Reasons Your Dog Isn't Listening to You!

If I had a penny for every time I heard the phrase: “my dog just doesn’t listen to me!” I would have a lot of pennies. It’s a big accusation that implies your dog both heard and understood what you said. It sounds simple enough. But it isn’t.   Selective hearing affects all dogs at some point in their lifetime. If you have a dog, then there has been, and will be many more instances where you ask your dog to do something… and he doesn’t do it. Let’s go over the top five reasons for this far-too common complaint: … Continue reading

Please Don’t Feel Sorry for My Deaf Dog…

Pet Care Professional and Tips on How to Find One

Being a deaf Dalmatian owner and a dog walker I often get messages and questions from new and potential deaf dog owners discussing various worries that they have heard or read about. When researching on the internet for example you can stumble across a variety of deaf dog myths such as they are untrainable, aggressive and unable to be let off lead. One particular site even recommends that they should all be put down upon finding out they are deaf. So understandably a lot of people feel very overwhelmed! With owning a deaf Dalmatian I also write articles to try … 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

Top 10 Books on Dog Training and Dog Care

Dog Training Resources for a Better Life With Your Pet Dogs

Whether you’re just considering getting a dog, getting started with a new pup, or looking for help with a current pet, it can never hurt to turn to a good book for some advice on how to care for your dog.   5 Essential Dog Books on Dog Care…  Here are some of our picks for the top 5 books on dog care to help you learn about your dog’s physiology and mind: “How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain” by Gregory Berns This professor of cynology and canine neuroscience works with his adopted dog … Continue reading

What NOT to Say to Other Pet Owners

Pet Owners and Relationship With Other Pet Parents

For those who own pets, we are on the same team. We love our furry companions and consider them a part of the family. Many pet owners can tell you just how important their furry family members mean to them with an array of stories, photos, and smiles. Pet parents can bond over their animals and share their feelings of closeness that they have with their animals, help each other with advice on pet parenting, and go on pet play dates together. On the same note of pet parenthood, it’s important to remember what not to say to other pet … 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

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

The Risks of Using Choke Chain or Prong Collars on Your Dog

Collars on Dogs Good or Bad? Choke Chains and Prong Collars

“Do you…WANT TO GO FOR A WALKIES?”  Those can be a dogs favorite words along with, “Do you…  WANT TO EAT?” Sadly, for some dogs the walk experience is fraught with frustration, confusion and outright pain. For some dog owners the walk experience may be fraught with similar feelings of frustration and anxiety as they struggle to have a pleasant walk with their dog that has not been educated about how to walk in a relaxed manner with their person. For other dog owners they may think they have pulling behavior under control by using outdated dominance/punishment training methods. People using … Continue reading