My vet advises against raw feeding?

Well this is not uncommon to hear. In fact many times it kind of goes like this. One of my puppy owners goes to vet for check up. Vet raves about the appearance, health and condition of puppy and finally asks “what do you feed” They say “complete raw diet” and this is where things change. Their vet starts raving …

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Why I don’t focus on labels.

It is rare that a dog and owner walk into our rooms that does not come with a label. “Oh she does that because she is anxious”. “Oh she is a rescue, so ya know…” “He does that because he is fear aggressive” “My dog is so dominant, so he always …” Anxious, fearful, reactive, nervous, dominant, frightened, depressed, abused, …

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Is your dog mouthing, nipping, biting you?

I want to start by saying that, it is rare that this behaviour is good or leads to anything good. Now I am sure there are readers out there saying “oh no my dog only does this to say ….” but really there are many other ways to say that same thing. I am also not talking about dogs that …

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Are you a vet? Do you want to help?

Do your clients bring you dogs with behaviour problems looking for advice or help and at times the problem may be outside of your experience? Totally understandable, I have had dogs all my life and know quite a lot about dog health, but that does not make me a vet. It is a tricky place to find yourself in when …

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Why do dogs behave differently for some people than others.

Well, there are likely about a billion reasons, from history of reinforcement to the rules and boundaries we set. Dogs are living, thinking beings that learn to behave in certain ways to get what they want, just like people. The genetic makeup (Genotype) often plays a big part in how motivated the dog will be to access what he or …

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Getting help with dog aggression

Often people will say that their dog is anxious, and this is the reason why they are aggressive, but anxiety and aggression are not the same thing. Fear and aggression are not the same thing either, but in some cases these elements may be linked. Whilst they can be linked, understanding aggression is much deeper than simply labelling it. Let …

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Is Steve a Balanced Trainer?

You know, I have avoided categorising myself as a Balanced Trainer for some time, why? Well, the answer is not straight forward but if you want to better understand what various ideologies and methods are available, then this article will be worth your time. When asked, I have always referred to myself as a “results based” trainer, still do. I …

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What was your dream?

You dreamed of that puppy for so many nights, you knew what you wanted and how it was all going to unfold, slow motion running down the beach, picnics with dog friends and … None of that is happening. Your dog is out of control, aggressive, will not allow guests in your home, screams when you leave him or her …

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Buddy and his new life

We had a dog come into our board and rehab program a little while ago, a special boy with a long, very difficult life that one day ended and a new life began. Buddy was a camp dog from an Indigenous community, he survived by being leader of the pack, resilient and smart, as is necessary when you are a …

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Ban the Prong Collar?

The internet has given the world freedom of speech and the right to share our opinions. With that seems to have come the right to critique, insult, berate, attack and torture others, even if you have little to no experience on the topic in question. In my profession, everyone is an expert, even when they have little to no experience, …

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Do Dogs Need Routine?

This is a question I get asked on an almost daily basis from clients who have been told that their dog NEEDS to have routine. When I say ‘Well, yes and no’, the question I am usually then asked is, “isn’t it good for them to have a routine?” In my experience the answer to this question is “no, not …

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Vet visits and muzzles…

I have for a while wanted to write an article on this subject and we have a great little dog in here at the moment for rehab that prompted me to get right to it. He is a Kelpie X and has a lot of character, no really he is a cool guy, I really do like him. He is …

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Is your dog addicted to dogs?

When we think of addicts, drug use or abuse may come to mind, but addiction is better understood by realizing that it is something that the subject cannot stop, even if they wanted to. I see many dogs that fall into this category when it comes to aggression, chasing behaviours, pacing and other highly rewarding behaviours. When I say highly …

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What are your minimum standards for your dog?

On a daily basis, my staff and I provide training, rehab and behavioural services to people with dogs that are, let’s say, challenging. It may surprise you to know that many of these problems arisen simply due to the owners having very little or no standards or goals in training their pet dog. When you get a puppy that is …

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Do you NEED Board and Train?

When dogs come to see us that have major behaviour problems, it is far from unusual when they say they have been to a number of trainers before us. So, it stands to reason they may go to others after us, if their expectations are not met. Sometimes when working with the dog and the major issue, lets say aggression, …

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