You, your dog, social isolation

As we progress through the social isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending a lot more time with their dogs, in many cases this is great news, but not all. First, let us agree that too much of ANYTHING is a bad thing, just as bad as not enough in some cases. An example is drinking water. If you …

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Dog training concepts vs technique

This is an article I wanted to write for a while, and if you’re smart, a light bulb should go off and you begin to look at training in a new, more effective, and powerful way. First of all, some thought producing things that might help, set the scene. Often when we are training our dogs with food and the …

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Socialising a pup with Social Distancing?

I have a litter on the ground at the moment, so this article will be helpful to those puppy owners in a few short weeks, but the idea came from a client and now mate of mine Damian. Damian has a Malinois that he brought to see me and has done an incredible job, so thanks to him for suggesting …

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The best way to approach a dog you don’t know

This is something that very few people understand, but most think they do. Remember holding your hand out so the dog could sniff it? I guess so many of us were taught this was the right way that it has become a “fact”. The reality is that many people have been bitten that way and I never approach a dog …

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Total dog recall

dog recall

I often write article about complex behaviour problems and this makes it hard to offer any helpful advice because the complexity often means the solution is very much individual to the dog I am working with. In this article though, I wanted to talk about what many might call, “simple stuff”, because often, a dog that was a bit better …

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Council Trouble?

We get so many calls from frantic, worried and anxious dogs’ owners in a panic as their gorgeous dog has done something that has attracted unwanted council trouble. At this point I would suggest to all dog owners to know the rules that surround dog ownership and management, this can really help avoid council trouble. Your local council website or …

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All dogs deserve education

I have a secret to share with all of you… and as the owner of two working line Malinois, it may come as a surprise to some! Well, here we go… I love small dogs! Not just in the sense that as a dog trainer and someone who lives, breathes and is extremely passionate about dogs, just loves all dogs. …

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Dog training mojo – GONE

I meet a lot of people who have lost their dog training mojo, they DID try, they DID want it, they DID hire a trainer or they are or were a trainer, but for some reason, many reasons maybe, it did not work, things didn’t change, something went wrong. Now if you found yourself in a situation where your dog …

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Holiday with dogs

holiday with dogs

Just after a Christmas each year, we try and get away with our kids, to slow down a little, refresh, reflect and breathe. K9Pro is super busy all the time and breaks like this just allow me to change the pace a little and let off the gas pedal, so to speak. We had planned to travel to the Sunshine …

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Sometimes things just don’t go to plan

Last year we worked with a dog that attracted a lot of attention due to his size, aggression and I guess his breed, we actually work with many dogs with similar issues, but to be specific, this article is about Thunder. Thunder went through some amazing changes and those watching his videos commonly commented that “his whole face has changed” …

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Preparing your dog for a disaster

Over the past few weeks we have had a number of dog owners board their dogs with us while they evacuate their homes, and we have also had a number of clients who also have had to evacuate with their dogs to stay with friends and family, at evacuation centres etc. There are some dogs who have coped extremely well …

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Don’t get a high drive dog, or do?

I was thinking about many clients that come to see me with dogs that are behaving badly. They in one way or another got themselves a high drive dog without any idea that they did or what a high drive dog is. The term “drive” can be misunderstood by many to mean many things, and those things may all be …

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Dogs that cannot be boarded

I meet many people that cannot go on holidays unless they take their dog or just can’t go at all due to some of their dogs behaviours, these dogs that cannot be boarded are a huge strain on a family or person’s life. Clients say to me that they have tried taking their dog to a boarding kennel and the …

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Clipping your dogs nails

Clipping your dogs nails

You may have seen recently that the Herzhund E litter of Labradors left K9 Pro HQ for their new homes, and I was lucky enough to be able watch and take part in the first 8 weeks of their lives. The confidence these puppies displayed with everything they did and very new challenge that was put to them was amazing …

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Unlocking your dogs training potential

dogs potential

Do you have a dog that can hear the rustle of a packet and come belting into the room but cant unlock your dogs training potential? So many people will say yes and laugh, but their dog will not come when called. It should be no surprise when I tell them that they actually trained the response to the packet …

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