Category Archives: Training

‘ Command Your Dog to Sit’

Anyone going to dog training classes over ten years ago will be familiar with this instruction. I’m getting a real bee in my bonnet about the word ‘command’. Isn’t it the word used by drill sergeants? I find that people who … Continue reading

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Working Wage for Dogs?

Some people are reluctant to give their dogs rewards whilst feeding them all sort of rubbish for doing nothing. Some believe dogs should have nothing besides their meals – and always in bowls. Some lavish food on their dogs all the … Continue reading

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Snakes and Ladders

I thought of the analogy between the game of snakes and ladders and the random nature of incidents on our dog walks whilst talking out of the top of my head in my phone-in with BBC 3 Counties Radio. Here … Continue reading

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Practice? Liszt or Chopsticks

Years ago in another life I was a music teacher. In addition to class music lessons for many years I taught the piano and the flute. What’s this got do do with dogs, you might ask. My pupils’ results showed I was … Continue reading

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Education, Education, Education

While I was being interviewed by a radio station this morning about a child who had had his thumb bitten off by a Staffie, it got me thinking about the importance of educating people – both owners and children in general … Continue reading

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The ‘Uh-uh’ Tick

I was at a dog show last weekend, talking to a few people who had problems with their dogs. There was a very friendly one-year-old Yorkie mix who nipped – and boy did he nip! He was excited, friendly – and nippy. … Continue reading

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The Rucksack Walk

I am just back from the IMDT Conference. Some food for thought indeed, particularly (for me) with regard to what dogs naturally would choose to do if no pressure. So, the Fifteen-Minute Rucksack Walk (or Backpack Walk). No, it’s not some … Continue reading

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