I often deal with clients at breaking point. “I feel helpless” “I feel out of control” “I feel like a failure” All things I have heard from clients. Tears are not unusual in my job but why? We love our dogs. They are part of our family and quite often they can hurt our emotions. Making us feel useless, helpless and even unloved. This can built to resentment and frustration. I quite often get told they know what they are doing or should I say not doing! But our dogs do not wor
With any training consistency is everything. Whether this it’s with children, dogs or horses. If one day you get let them get away with murder then guess what they are going to expect to do the same thing the next day. As I tell all my clients dogs will only do what works. So…… If jumping up at you gets your attention. They are going to continue to do so. This is where training comes in. Being consistent when they jump up by turning away is a great start. But….. We also need
Sometimes things just click into place. I’m sure we have all experienced this at some point. The magical feeling where everything seems to slot into place. Now that is a great feeling I think we can all agree. A feeling of contentment, achievement and happiness. Well, I felt it on Saturday morning at my last recall workshop of 2017. I worked with four dogs who all have a history of not returning to their owners. If you ever book one of my recall workshops, I have a guarantee.
Today will be my final email on shock collars but I wanted to share with you some recent news. The Scottish government recently debated on the use of shock collars. Despite the huge volume of evidence reinforcing the need to ban electric shock collars and the support of many welfare and veterinary organisations, the Scottish Government have decided to regulate the sale and use of electric training devices rather than banning them Anyone wishing to use shock collars has to sit
Yesterday I chatted about a video I posted on my business Facebook page. I explained about positive punishment and positive reinforcement. Today I wanted to chat with you more about the body language displayed by the dog wearing the shock collar. He is cowering, making himself as small as possible, his tail is tucked between his legs, he avoids eye contact and holds his head as close to the floor as he can. When the handler stops he turns around and faces the other way. What
Go back thirty years and dogs weren’t as popular. On my street as a kid I was one of the few people that had a dog. For quite a while we were the only family that did. That isn’t the case anymore, more and more people are getting dogs and with that comes problems but I will chat about that later. Thirty years ago dogs weren’t put under so much stress to fit in with our world. For example if a dog growled at you then you left that dog alone! If a dog bit you it was your own bl
Think back to school or university, I know it seems like an age ago but I bet you remember your teachers that were fun, interesting and seemed to have endless energy. I do, my favourite lecturer was called Danny. He was in his early thirties, had brown hair was around 5ft 10in, always had a smile on his face and cracked jokes constantly. He taught Animal Law, a fairly boring subject but he always managed to make it fun and we had a great time in his lectures. My other lecture
As some of you may know I take part in a sport called Canicross. This is where I run with my dogs but they are attached to me via bungee lines and a special running harness. Yesterday I decided to go for a run on the Chevin to get away from all the mud that seems to be everywhere! On my way back I saw a lady with a pointer on a flexi lead attached to a choke chain. I am not a fan of choke chains. In this day and age there are better ways to train a dog to walk nicely than to