Steve Courtney is a Nationally Accredited Canine Behaviour Specialist, Obedience Trainer, Law Enforcement Dog Trainer and ANKC Breeder. Steve has been training dogs all his life and in these articles he shares with you his experience...

Diarrhoea in dogs and puppies

Just about all dogs from time to time will suffer loose stools or diarrhoea. I want to make clear from the start that I am not a vet and have no veterinary training, I am just speaking from my 35 plus years experience. In many cases (but not all) there is not too much to worry about but if you …

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The Family dog

family dog

Often people come to see me and they either have or are looking for a family dog. Sometimes they may have worked with me in the past and now that they are ready to add a family dog, they ask me to help, I guess due to the trust they have in me from the help I gave them in the …

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Puppy problems – intervene early!

Puppy Problems

As you can imagine, I see some dogs with some very deep seeded behaviour problems, so it makes sense to try and provide some early intervention for owners with puppy problems. The longer the dog has been exhibiting the problem, the less likely there will be total rehabilitation and the more likely it will be a part management, part rehab …

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Dog training problem, too hard, too long, too much…

dog training problem

Sometimes when you look at a dog training problem it can seem overwhelming, especially when it is your dog and he or she has a behaviour problem like aggression. Thoughts enter your head like, “he will never be safe around other dogs” and “she will never be a dog I can trust” and “if only he would …”. This has …

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Do you have a non responsive dog?

non responsive dog

I observe people and the way they interact with their dogs for a living and I hear people often describe their dog as a “non responsive dog”. Meaning when they ask the dog to do something, he or she frequently is non responsive (ignores the command). Sometimes it’s the family pet and other times it may be a performance dog, …

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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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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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