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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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