My Dog Won’t Come!

My Dog Won’t Come!

 HOW TO TEACH YOUR DOG TO COME! Of course most dogs do ‘come’ – eventually.  The problem for most owners is that their dog does not respond quickly or reliably to their ‘come’ command especially when in an interesting environment such as an off lead dog park...
A Hound in the House

A Hound in the House

[This article first appeared in Dog’s Life magazine and is reproduced here by kind permission of the author] A growing number of canine behaviourists and trainers recommend that pet dogs should be allowed inside the family home on a regular basis.  It is not...
Story of a Neglected Dog

Story of a Neglected Dog

When the Smith family saw the movie ‘Babe’ they decided right then and there that a border collie was the dog for them.  With a big backyard and two kids to play with the active dog would be kept happy.  They also liked the fact that they were an intelligent breed...
Why Puppy PreSchool is Important

Why Puppy PreSchool is 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...
Dogs and Children

Dogs and Children

Most problems 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...
Latch Key Canines – The Modern Malaise

Latch Key Canines – The Modern Malaise

Around Australia every day, tens of thousands of pet dogs are left alone from dawn to dusk, confined in yards attached to empty houses – ‘latch key canines’. Long, routine periods of isolation can trigger problem behaviours for the dog, the family and the community...
Dog Parks – Paradise or Purgatory?

Dog Parks – Paradise or Purgatory?

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...

What is a Clicker?

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? By clicking once then...