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 [...]
Now the title of this has probably grabbed your attention as we live in a society where we are told we HAVE to walk our dogs.. Well what if those walks did more harm than good??! So today I decided to take Milo out on a walk round our 'quiet little village' Milo and I [...]
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!
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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Someone said something to me the other day and it got me thinking.. They presumed because I have had a lot of agility success in the last year that it has been easy, so I thought I would take you on a little journey. The above picture marks the start of something special with a [...]
A year ago to the day we entered our 1st Kennel Club show. I'd just brought Milo back after a 8 month break. Milo's only goal was ring confidence and to see if we could get his weaves in the ring, he actually got 2 wins at that show and I can remember it like it [...]
Top tips for keeping your dogs cool in the ☀.
Avoid heatstroke by keeping your dog to the shade, easy activities, and plenty of water to drink or bath in.
Bored? Try brain games!
Give them something good to think about, while they aren’t able to prance about as usual.
Any game where your dog needs to sniff and seek for treats or toys will activate their brain’s pleasure centre, making them feel content and relaxed. These games are also great for encouraging that much-needed life skill; problem-solving!
Licki Mat – paste food into the grooves for a relaxing treat
Doggy icecream – Kefir/ greek yoghurt and frozen fruit. Blend or whole, place in freezer for a couple of hours
Frozen Kong Meal – Kefir/ Yoghut, tinned fish, peas, berries, nut butter to plug the end
Snuffle toys – hide treats inside the super-soft fleece for the dog to sniff and seek out
If you think your dog isn’t…
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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 [...]
A fantastic read 📖.
You 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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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 [...]
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. [...]