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Puppy Schools, the good, the bad and the ugly

puppy school

When people decide to add a puppy to their family one of most common pieces of advice they hear is ‘take it to puppy school!’ Unfortunately, not all puppy schools are created equal, and many people don’t realise that a badly run puppy school can do their puppy a lot of harm and potentially long term damage.   Puppy owners …

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Quality equipment is no laughing matter

Broken Leashes can equal disaster. Not that long ago, I was at my local obedience club with my beagle Daisy, she was standing next to me on leash when another club member entered the grounds with their dog. The dog, that became highly aroused as soon as it walked on to the field, broke free of it’s collar and made …

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The benefits of using a harness on your dog

Many times people need to understand that there may be better ways than we used before, we used to make Agitation collars at K9 Pro, still do by special order, but it became super obvious that no matter how wide we made the collar, it would never be as good as a good harness. Controlling power in your dog through …

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Dog Boots

We get asked all the time “which dog boot is best for my dog?” Well there are a few considerations but Ruff Wear have covered it pretty well here http://dogblog.ruffwear.net/2011/01/11/boot-buying-made-easy/   Our dog boots are here

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Is your dog well trained but badly mannered?

A guest blog from Rebecca Chin In training, dog owners often place priorities on different things. Some people don’t care about having a dog that can walk on a loose leash but want an operant dog that knows 101 tricks. Some people want a dog with a bombproof reliable recall and don’t care if the dog knows many commands outside …

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Calm? Yes it is possible.

Many times there are certain behaviours in dogs that are driven by a chemical imbalance, this can be caused by diet, genetics, health or just being anxious by type. One known aid for anxiety is a range of Group B vitamins, whilst our pets diet generally includes many B type vitamins, they may not be enough or may not be …

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Keep your dog warm this Winter

When you can feel the weather changing to winter , think of your dog as well as yourself! But not often enough do we think of our dogs. Whilst it is true that dogs have lived in the wild, the same can be said about man and just because they have fur doesn’t mean that their coat is in any …

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Training Gear Bag

If you have a dog you need one of these. All your leashes, lines, toys, balls, tugs, collars etc all in one place where ever you go. It also has a cooler bag on the side where you can keep your lunch and some dog treats too. Essentially we have a built in organiser as well, this is where you …

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Dogs need to Learn how to LEARN

Many times I see dogs that are trained well, they can complete the task on cue and are reasonably reliable, but when you attempt to train them a new exercise, they return a blank look? Many people when training their dogs take on the responsibility of leading the dog through the exercise to reward, this works (clearly), but it doesn’t …

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Rest in Peace Busta, a video in your memory

The Story of Busta Video Tribute On the 25th March 2011, the world was shocked when the news told us of a Golden Retriever that mauled his family. I remember well that I was working in my office and emails started coming through about this family pet who turned on his family. See the News Report here Al mentioned it …

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Measure your dog for a crate

Crate training is one of the best things you can do for your dog, reads our article on “10 reasons to crate train your dog”.   The crate size is important, it cant be too small so your dog is cramped up nor should it be big enough to be a play pen. It is a resting / relaxing / …

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Working through behaviour problems with your dog

The road to recovery can be long and an uphill climb, tiring, de motivating and depressing, so those that you see who have worked wonders with their dog; they really have put in the work! I see people coming to me with their dog, they love this dog and they really want things to work, but maybe their dog is …

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Remote Collars, a different view

Many people fail to grasp the reasons that people choose to use remote training collars on dogs, these people usually fall into two groups. The first being those have had a small number of dogs in their life and have found those dogs trained very easily, they cannot see the need for such a tool. The second group have often …

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K9 Pro Tug and Motivational Toys

Tug toys are not just something to tug on… Tug toys are a tool that is used in motivational training, the motivator can be used to reward any activity from Obedience, Agility, Search and Rescue, practically anything! If you don’t know how to achieve these type of results with a tug toy, take a look at our articles on Training …

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