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Barking, aggression, pulling on the lead, lack of recall…

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Barking, aggression, pulling on the lead, lack of reliable recall?  If you are experiencing any (or all!) of these behaviours with your dog perhaps you need to look a bit closer. Many of my clients tell me that their dog is allowed to jump up onto the settee or chair whenever it

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A dog is a dog. . .

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The golden rule to follow when dealing with behavioural problems is, if you treat a dog like a human, it won’t be long before the dog starts treating you like a dog. If you study dogs in multiples for any period of time, you will see that they have rules

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Has your dog a fear of fireworks?

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Has your dog a fear of fireworks?  If so you, like thousand’s of other dog owners you will be dreading November 5th. You might think it a little early to be worrying about fireworks but in actual fact this is the time to start training your dog. Here are a few helpful pointers;

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Walking to heel, why does it matter?

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How many dogs do you see trotting along beside it’s owner?  I love watching people walking their dog, it tells me so much about their relationship, the dogs character, whether the owner is the decision maker (or not.) Teaching a dog to walk to heel is very important not only for the comfort of

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Dangerous Dogs Act 2014

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How does your dog¬†behave around your front door?¬†All dog owners need to be aware of the changes made¬†to the Dangerous Dogs Act¬†May 2014.¬† Dog owners are now liable if their dog is deemed to be ‚Äėdangerously out of control‚Äô on any private property.¬† Previously this only applied to public places.

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Dog training in Devon. . .

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I’ve been dog training in Devon for ten years now, one day I’m in Exeter the next in Plymouth, no two days are ever the same. When I first started working as a dog behavioural therapist people usually gave me their landline phone number, now it’s always their mobile number.  Everyone reached for the

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Can diet play any part in a dogs behaviour?

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As the saying goes ‚Äėyou are what you eat‚Äô.¬† I strongly believe this is true of dogs as well as people.¬† So many of the dogs I work with are fed a poor diet, one that is low in protein and bulked up with grain.¬† A lot of a dogs

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Why do dogs need training?

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Big or small all dogs need training. Why do dogs need training?  Dogs know how to be dogs, they can’t be anything else!  Once we take a puppy/dog into a human pack we must be prepared to take on the responsibility of teaching it how to be a dog living in a human pack. Training builds

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Recall problems

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Lots of dog owners experience recall problems.¬† There‚Äôs nothing nicer than¬†enjoying a walk with your dog off lead and having he/she¬†¬†happily following you wherever you chose to lead.¬† The reality for a lot of dog owners is the exact opposite!¬† As soon as the dog hears that magic ‚Äėclick‚Äô as

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Rescue Dogs

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Rehoming a dog can be very rewarding, whether it’s a rescue dog adopted from one of the many rehoming centers or from a private home. Over the years I have helped hundreds of rescue dogs and their owners settle down to a happy life together. Start off as you mean to go

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