Dog Training

Training your dog can be hard, but the magic formula is simple: learn to understand your dog’s behaviour and work on your own! Read more

Dog Training

Fireworks, Visitors and Parties – Tips for a Stress-free Dog

Alas, summer is over, and winter is on the way! But it’s not all doom and gloom (well, maybe a bit of gloom) as there are plenty of things to look forward to like Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, to name but a few! With all these get-togethers jammed into the remaining months of the year, winter can be a stressful time for your dog. Loud noises from parties and fireworks, plus new people visiting can leave your dog feeling distressed and anxious.

The Basics of Puppy Training

The earlier the better? This is absolutely true for dog training. Young dogs are extremely curious and still view the world objectively. It's possible to take advantage of this in order to show dogs playfully – but consistently too – what is expected of them and what types of behaviour are undesirable.

How to Understand and Train an Aggressive Dog

When dogs growl and bark, bare their teeth or even bite, human-canine cohabitation is severely put to the test. But why do some dogs turn aggressive and not others? And what can be done to prevent aggressive behaviour?

“Help, my dog is destroying everything!”

Shoes, cables, phones, felt-tip pens, sofas, carpets or waste bins – nothing seems to be safe from the destructiveness of some dogs. Within a very short space of time, wild dogs can turn a home and all its furnishings upside down. But why do some dogs have destructive tendencies and how can they move away from this behaviour?

Relaxed on the Lead from a Young Age

Your dog pulling on its lead turns every pleasant walk into a test of patience. This pulling can be a particularly serious problem if your dog is a large, heavy breed and difficult to control, especially when your dog decides it wants to dart off in a different direction. Problems with walking your dog on a lead start from puppyhood, but with a bit of know-how and a little patience, you can lay the best foundation for happy on-lead walking in future.

Gentle Training: Leaving your Puppy On Its Own

Being particularly social animals, dogs love the company of their pack. Nevertheless, every adult dog should be capable of staying on its own for short periods of time. This will need to be trained early on in life, as a fully-grown dog that has never been left alone will struggle to adapt.

How to Calm Barking Dogs

“Their bark is worse than their bite.” This proverb may sound comforting, but dogs that bark constantly don't just take their toll on your nerves, but on your neighbours' too. But why do dogs actually bark? And can this annoying yapping be stopped?

Regardless of whether the doorbell rings, someone comes to the fence or uses the stairs, other dogs or strangers get too close during walks or their caregiver comes home after going to the shops, some dogs seem to comment on every occurrence by barking loudly. Of course, barking is part of a dog's identity and is its way of expressing itself. But when dogs don't stop barking and yapping over a long period of time, you should sit up and take notice: if your dog barks excessively, a serious behavioural disorder could be behind it.

Dog psychology is based on analysing the behaviour of your dog and learning to communicate properly. Often your dog’s bad behaviour is just the result of a misunderstanding between dog and owner. Qualified animal experts find it helpful to observe the behaviour of people with their dogs in daily situations such as walkies or relaxing at home. When there’s a problem the expert acts as the “translator” and gives tips and recommendations on how to build on the trust relationship between the dog and its owner and improve the quality of communication for good.

Dog Psychology

Understanding the way your dog thinks can help you act on any difficult behaviours your dog may display. Things like aggressive behaviour, destroying furniture, pulling on the lead, uncontrollable barking and separation anxiety are just some of the things that can be helped with proper training and understanding.

Five ground rules of dog psychology:

  1. Dogs should never obey out of fear, but instead obey because of positive associations with the command!
  2. A dog needs clear rules and a clearly enforced hierarchy.
  3. Violence has no place in dog training or dog psychology!
  4. Rewards such as dog treats and positive experiences such as praise help your dog to learn quicker and result in the correct behaviour.
  5. Patience is key!