Why the change?!

So the eagle eyed among you will have noticed our main logo has changed to the same one as our Agility logo... Why? Well apart from it being confusing having several logos I've decided to streamline the services we offer and concentrate mainly on: 🐾Agility 🐾 FUNdamental Foundations 🐾One to One Coaching 🐾Seminars and Workshops [...]

Enrichment on a budget

AniEd Ireland

Enrichment doesn’t need to cost the earth – you can pretty much pay what you can afford while still providing your dog with a variety of experiences to entertain.

Most of #100daysofenrichment challenges are free, but priceless: spending time with your pet, exploring the world together, opening your eyes and seeing what your pet is really asking for.

Indeed, #100daysofenrichment is free in and of itself!

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Some of the most popular food-based enrichment toys right now: a snufflemat, a slow-feeder bowl, “Treatimats”, and stuffables, large Kong and a large Toppl.

But, what if I told you that enrichment is not about the toy?!
Enrichment is about the behavioural outcome from which the animal benefits as a result of choosing to participate in the enrichment activity.

Don’t be turned off providing an outlet for your pet’s normal, natural, necessary behaviour just because you don’t have, can’t get, not able to afford…

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Recommendations

I know what its like as a dog owner to get confused by the number of different services and products out there! Knowing which ones to trust and which ones actually work can be a minefield especially as most things aren't cheap! I decided to put together a handy guide of products and services as [...]

Helping Hyper Dogs: Sometimes Less is More

A fantastic read 📖.

Wilde About Dogs

Dog agility: terrier jumping and flying highYou don’t always get the dog you were expecting. Just ask my training client Melissa, who envisioned a Lab puppy like the one her neighbor has; a sweet, reasonably calm, focused dog. In fact, her now six-month-old pup is the polar opposite of the show-lines-bred dog who lives down the hall. Not only is Hailey from field-bred lines, meaning she’s got plenty of energy and drive and needs a job to do, but even for a dog typical of those genetics, she is over-the-top excitable, and prone to incessant jumping and hard mouthing on Melissa and her boyfriend, visitors, and yes, even the trainer. When I say over the top, I am comparing Hailey to the many jumping, mouthing dogs I’ve helped over the years. When Melissa and her boyfriend come home after a long day of work (Hailey goes to work with Melissa), thanks to Hailey’s behavior, they can’t…

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Being Accountable

Today's short blog is all about being accountable. So what has being accountable got to do with dog training?? For me being accountable is making sure I'm training the skills I want to train each day / week. It is so easy to get busy with everyday life and dog training can sometimes get put [...]

Looking for Progress and NOT Perfection

So I wanted to write a quick blog about something that I see is a problem in dog training and that is when the handlers are constantly looking for perfection when training.. In other words the finished article / behaviour. For example : Loose lead walking / walking to heal. The perfect sit and wait. [...]