We’ve all done it. Our dogs do something annoying and our first reaction is to shout ‘‘NO!’ That’s because we’re human – words come easy to us and we assume they are understood equally well by all creatures. But have you ever considered how effective – or ineffective saying ‘‘NO!’’ may really be? What is it you are trying to achieve when you say ‘‘NO!’’ and is there a better way? [click to continue…]

(This article appears in the Jan/Feb 2007 Issue of Dog’s Life Magazine)

When off lead dog parks first started appearing several years ago they were heralded as a major advance toward a better quality of life for our pets. Dogs cooped up in apartments or left alone all day could enjoy a vigorous romp with other dogs in a council approved canine kingdom. But are all dog parks good for all dogs all of the time? Resident trainer Karin Larsen Bridge looks at some of the many points to consider when and if you next visit your local dog park. [click to continue…]

What is a Clicker?

September 25, 2014

A clicker is simply a small plastic device that makes a distinctive “click” sound when pressed. The clicker has no value or meaning of its own but can quickly be conditioned to represent access to “good things” to your dog. How does it work?

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Top Six Training Problems Solved Part 3 – Training a reliable ‘come’

March 25, 2014

3. Training a reliable ‘come’   ‘Come’ is probably the single most important behaviour your dog will ever learn so it is worth taking the time to train thoroughly each of the several components which make up this exercise. Step 1: Attention!  – or your name means “look at me” Make sure your dog understands […]

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Top Six Problems Solved – Part 2 Pulling on Lead

March 25, 2014

2, PULLING ON LEAD   Many puppy books will advise you to attach a lead to your puppy and allow him to drag it all around the garden.  The puppy learns that the lead will follow wherever he goes.  When you start to hold the end of the lead, your puppy learns to pull just […]

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Top Six Problems Solved Part 1- Inappropriate Toileting

March 25, 2014

  Top Six Problems Solved   1. INAPPROPRIATE TOILETING   Toileting in the house is one of the most common reasons dogs are excluded from the family home or worse still, surrendered to shelters.  For this reason, it is perhaps the most urgent issue to teach when you first bring a puppy home.  Prevention is […]

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Puppy Pre Schood

March 10, 2014

  WELCOME TO CLASS WHY PRE-SCHOOLS FOR PUPPIES ARE IMPORTANT Fifteen years ago you would not have considered enrolling your new puppy into school.  The wisdom at that time was that training should not begin until six months of age. Today however most veterinarians, behaviourists and trainers agree that attending a good puppy preschool is […]

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Positive Training what is it!

March 3, 2014

  POSITIVE TRAINING What it is, what it’s not and how it works POSITIVE motivational training is the embracing and application of the belief that dogs can and should be trained by the judicial use of rewards alone. It is ‘positive’ because something is added (rewards) and ‘motivational’ because the animal is encouraged to try […]

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Latch Keye Canines Part 2

March 3, 2014

Establish Routines Dogs learn most quickly and seem to feel most secure with consistent routines.  Dogs who know they spend certain times with you and certain times on their own will quickly adjust to that provided their physical and mental needs are being met on a regular basis.  A typical routine which would satisfy most […]

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Dogs and Children

March 3, 2014

Most probms with dogs and kids are predictable and occur as a result of poor socialization with children and/or rough handling especially around food or sleeping areas.  Children look, move, smell and act differently to adults and may unknowingly encroach on a dog’s space, move erratically, make strange noises or unintentionally hurt the dog.  Problems […]

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