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Steve Courtney Dog Training

Play with your pup – by Dr Naroa Etxebarria

play with your puppy, dog training

Dr Naroa Etxebarria is a client of Steve’s that first met Steve through her German Shepherd Jieki and as time past she has stepped into the drivers, or perhaps passenger seat of the Ferrari, Herzhund Alis. As a quick side line, Herzhund Brannox is going to live in New Zealand and work in

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Dog Training Workshop report Canberra April 2015

Canberra Workshop Report, Dog training.

I spent last week in Australia’s Capital working with some people and of course their dogs. With a full week of private lessons and a jam packed Dog Training Workshop on Saturday I knew I had my work cut out for me, but there was a challenge I hadn’t prepared for…

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The Squash player, the Surfer and the Scooba Diver – Motivation

Controlled Motivation, dog trainer.

The Squash player, the Surfer and the Scooba Diver – Motivation This might seem like a strange heading for a Blog Article on Dog Training and Behaviour but it certainly has a purpose and there is a very important lesson to be learned from it, so sit down with a coffee and enjoy as I tell you the tail of …

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Bringing Home a Puppy

Bringing Home a Puppy, dog breed

One of the most common questions we get asked by new puppy owners is what things do they need before they get their puppy, and how should they prepare for their puppy’s arrival? This is always a hard one because it depends on what breed of dog you have and what your goals are to some extent. As I am …

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Socialise now, play later?

Socialise now Play later

Socialise now play later? Those that have read my article “Socialisation what is it exactly?” will understand my idea of socialisation; but I still meet a lot of people who want to see their dogs play with other dogs. Now this isn’t the view of some left wing client I meet, but instead

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Puppy School

Puppy School

Without question one of the best parts of my job is helping Steve to run puppy school and private training for puppy owners. Most trainers will tell you they love puppy school training, why? The answer is simple – because it is so exciting to help new owners start off on the right track with a puppy that is a ‘clean …

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Can a dog have too much drive?

I quite often hear people describe their dogs as having “too much drive”. In fact I just recently read an article by a dog handler who described a problem they had with their dog. In the example given the dog was trained to work for food but wasn’t able to maintain focus if there was food on offer elsewhere. The …

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