December 21, 2018

**Disclaimer – this is a rant rather than an educational training article!

I often hear people make comments to the effect of "I hate those fluffy, yappy little things – I like real dogs”.  

For “real dogs” read “large dogs”

As a dog lover, this baffles me.  H...

October 17, 2017

Sound Sensitivity in dogs is genetic and sometimes it doesn't manifest until the dog is a little older, so don't be caught out if it begins to creep

March 23, 2017

Myth Busting 101 

Firstly, you’ll notice that the title of this blog specifically mentions “aversive” punishment.  You might be wondering what other kind of punishment there is.  There are two types of punishment at our disposal in behaviour modification.  One is the...

January 9, 2017

Why train?

My eyes have recently been opened about many people’s take on dog training.  I always thought that most people these days get some level of training when they get a dog but not all.  For a small few it doesn’t even cross their mind unless they run into proble...

November 23, 2016

Perhaps I am anthropomorphising but I imagine most dogs enjoy Christmas time.  It’s not that they’re looking forward to a visit from Santa, they simply love when their owners are home, off work with little else to do than sit in, watch TV and spending time together.  E...

November 22, 2016

I was asked to write an information piece about Dog Sitting.  It’s a difficult topic to write about because there are so many variables; will the dog be staying with you or will you be staying in the owners’ home?  Are you a dog free home or do you have dogs already an...

November 16, 2016

Dog Park Etiquette   

Dog parks are designated, fenced off sections in public parks which are for the use of dogs to run and play with each other off leash.

Dog parks are a relatively new concept in Ireland only emerging about eight years ago.  Users of the parks...

November 7, 2016

What is Positive Reinforcement Training?

Positive reinforcement training is the practice of giving something reinforcing, something the dog likes and wants, to him after each correct response in training. This increases the behavior you are trying to obtain. 

Food rewar...

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