If you and your dog stress out every time you're apart read these tips and book a training session with us and you can both live a happier life!
Whether you have a new puppy that hasn’t learnt where to go to the toilet or an older dog who is going back into puppy-like habits, toilet training can be very stressful for dog and owner.
Who's taking who for a walk? Dogs that pull on the lead can make what should be an enjoyable activity into a full on exhausting work out! It's never too late to change this annoying habit.
Off lead exercise is great for letting dogs unwind and burn off excess energy. Many owners find their dogs enjoy being off lead so much the dog won’t come back. Apart from being irritating, this can be potentially dangerous.
Socialising is very important for puppies and older dogs. How dogs interact with people, other dogs and animals will shape their behaviour.
Expecting a new addition to the family? Babies, new dogs and animals coming into your home can be a stressful enough time without Fido having a break down – so help Fido settle and accept the new member with ease using these helpful tips!
Bird! Squirrel! Cat! Dog! Cyclist! Kids! If your dog has a taste for chasing then you’ll probably dread being in these scenarios. Fido is fixed on his ‘chase’, you can call and shout all you want to no avail and you’re left chasing your dog until someone gives up or you have to drag reluctant Fido away.
A well-mannered dog is pleasant to be around. If Fido won’t keep all 4 paws on the floor you can end up being dirty, scratched or even find yourself on the floor! Whether it’s an over enthusiastic HELLO, an attempt to take your sandwich or simply play that’s gotten a bit airborne – follow these tips to get Fidos etiquette up to scratch.
The 'pack theory' myth. With so much talk of being a ‘Pack Leader’ or ‘Alpha’ what does this actually mean? Are you a good pack leader?
Recently Asked Questions
To Sit or Not To Sit
Elizabeth Besson, Leyton E10
'Do I need to make my dogs sit before they get their meals?'
Head Trainer Sarah Harman
'Having control around meal times makes feeding a more pleasant experience - especially in multi dog households. A sit is not essential - although I would recommend setting a basic requirement (e.g. wait patiently) before giving any food to your dog. The dog should not be jumping up and should maintain a respectful distance until you allow them to eat. I have 5 dogs and I ask that they either 'sit' or 'down' at their individual feeding stations while I prepare their food. This way I can walk around the kitchen comfortably preparing the feeds without having to wade through a pack of drooling dogs to get around.'
Behaviour Towards Other Dogs
Ben Culburt, Chingford E4
'My dog has been well behaved on walks until recently. He's started barking and pulling towards other dogs he sees. I don't know if he wants to play or bite the other dog but I'm starting to dread taking him for walks. What should I do?'
Head Trainer Sarah Harman
'There are many reasons that can cause this type of reaction in a dog, the most common being anxiety and/or over excitability. These overwhelming emotions your dog experiences can lead to outbursts and a lack of control. It is important to get help as soon as your dog shows signs of stress to avoid the problem escalating. I would suggest booking an assessment so that a suitable training plan can be put into place ASAP.