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Living with Malinois

Living with Malinois, dog behaviour

With the upcoming release of the movie Max, which stars a Malinois, there has been a lot of talk about educating the general public on what it is like to own a Malinois. I thought I would give an insight into what life is like, from the perspective of someone who works for a professional training company, to live with …

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The Retractable Leash, good or bad?

The Retractable Leash is often a tool that gets a very bad wrap, but does this innocent looking device really deserve all the beatings it gets? The most common use of the Retractable Leash has rendered this product a weapon! They get tangled around peoples legs, causing burns and cuts, people have their dogs walking at the end of the longest extension …

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Dog bite with No warning signs

dog bite with no warning signs

Dog bite with No warning signs? Each week, as many of you know, I consult with many dog owners who are reacting to their dogs behaviour. This often means that there has been a dog bite with no warning signs, and they need help.

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Dog Training Superstition

dog training superstitions, dog trainer.

A week doesn’t pass where I meet people that share a “dog training superstition” with me, the funny thing is, never ever are any of them remotely true but they still have super powers to ward people off training certain things or not training other things.

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Dog Training Skill It is more about the end

Dog Training Skill It is more about the end, dog training

Dog Training Skill It is more about the end No matter what your dream is for your dog, I can tell you that knowing how you want it to be in the end is the greatest starting place. Example, many people start Obedience to see if they pass, then when they eventually do, proceed through the levels only find

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K9Pro Angels – Canines for Child Therapy

K9 Angels Canines for child therapy, dog behaviour

K9 Pro “Angels Program” – Canines for Child Therapy Hi, my name is Trish and I am lucky enough to be a “K9Pro Angel!” I am the program coordinator for the program which means I take care of most of the comings and goings and the roster etc. We are a group of dog lovers, under the guidance of Steve Courtney, …

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Raising a Puppy – The Journey So Far!

Puppy Blaze Update, dog trainer

It has been a flat out month at K9 Pro, but I have finally had some time to sit down and write an update on how our newest (fur) addition is going. So without further ado, here’s my next blog post in our Raising a Puppy series, which details all the things Puppy Blaze has learnt so far.

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I bet you can’t train my dog

I bet you cant train my dog

When I used to hear these words I took it as a challenge and would jump at the chance to prove the person saying it wrong, but you know, I never succeeded once…

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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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