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Top Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool!

With the first of what is sure to be many heat waves on the way, we are running a huge 20% off sale on our ENTIRE range of cooling products for this week only! Now is the time to stock up for Summer. With some 40 degree days predicted this week we also put together a list of tips we …

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Which Long Line and why?

First, why? Long Lines are the management tool that is needed whilst taking your dog off leash before your dog is proofed in the recall. In other words, it helps stop you giving a recall cue when your dog will not come. It is a necessary line that is used in tracking and many other dog sports and also Police, …

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K9 Pro Superstars take out Highest in Trial!

Two our of superstar clients, Henna and her Dalmatian Jaime, have taken out Highest in Trial at this year’s Dalmatian Nationals! With a super score of 195 in Novice with Jaime, Henna also trialled her old Dalmatian Harry in CCD and managed a great score of 95/100.

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Animal Naturals – Results in a Can!

I am really Pro on the Animal Natural Supplements, I have used dietary supplements on my dogs for years and I always felt good adding the supplements to my dogs RAW food, the dogs have been healthy and fit and worked hard, so in that regard I believe that the supplements were always working. I did not ever though see …

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Creating the Reward Experience

One of the most valuable things I’ve ever learnt about training dogs was the difference between rewarding your dog, and giving your dog a reward experience. It was truly my own light bulb moment, there is more to training your dog than handing over a piece of food or throwing a ball or even playing tug. Those things are just …

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An update on Wisdom!

Life is always super busy at K9 Pro and when I moved to Sydney to start working in the office full time a few weeks ago, Steve asked me to help him with some of Wisdom’s social training. As we mentioned here on the blog a few weeks ago, Steve’s hectic schedule meant that it was very difficult for him …

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Trish and Lucy: The Journey to Become a Therapy Dog!

When one of our long term clients, Trish, came to us a few months ago asking for Steve to help her find a German Shepherd puppy that would be suitable to raise and train as a therapy dog to visit sick children in hospital, Steve jumped at the opportunity to find the perfect puppy for therapy work! When Steve found …

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Sydney Workshop SOLD OUT!

What a busy and exciting day at K9 Pro yesterday! Tickets went on sale for our one and only 2012 workshop, to be held in Sydney, and was completely sold out in just over an hour. The workshop, ‘How to Train K9 Life Skills’ will be presented by accredited dog trainer and behaviourist, Steve Courtney, and will look at what …

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Sydney Workshop 2012 – Life Skills

Life Skills Workshop for Pet dog owners Trainer: Steve Courtney SOLD OUT Life skills are the essential day to day behaviours that your dog needs to learn to co exist in society today, whilst many of your dogs behaviours may be OK as far as you are concerned, they may not be looked upon the same way by Joe Public, …

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Personal Protection Training Dogs – The Secrets Revealed!

Bite work training has magnetic properties, it attracts Cowboys, Passive aggressive people, keyboard experts, video trained super trainers and a healthy dose of confused people who think bite work creates a vicious dog. There is a lot of controversy over protection training dogs, some refer to it as a “black art” and will not allow people to watch or participate …

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Paralysis Ticks – The worst season is on its way!

Paralysis Ticks kill many dogs every year, they are a horrible little parasite that kills a dog slowly and in a torturous manner. They attach themselves to our dogs and burrow into the skin so that can get blood. In doing so they emit a lethal poison that slowly paralyses ours dogs. Often eventually inhibiting breathing and finally the dog …

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What motivates you to train your dog?

I have had many clients come to see me with dogs that were suffering from behavioural problems, and when the behaviour problems were under control, they moved on to training their dog for competition, instructing and getting a working line dog to compete at higher levels. They may have never intended to take this path but it seems that working …

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Barking, it is the time of year for it!

Spring has sprung and nature is in its breeding season, this means more birds, possums, rabbits and many other small animals are on the increase around our homes. This is of great interest to many of our dogs who will take great interest and enjoyment in barking at these little creatures that are making the most noise they do all …

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Out and about with Wisdom!

One of the best ways to keep our dogs mentally and physically fit and healthy is to take them out and about with us. As dog owners we love taking our dogs out and about, so it is so important to make sure that our dogs not only experience going to a range of different places but that they know …

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Preparing a Dog for Work or Sport

Preparing a dog physically for sport or work isn’t a particularly common occurrence, most people’s dogs gain fitness when training or competing. This is a recipe for injured dogs. Over time I have noticed that a percentage of dogs that train in my Training in Drive programs at some stage may suffer an injury. I do a lot of research …

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