Toilet training

Training should begin as soon as you bring your dog home.  But, remember just going to a new home can be very stressful in itself, so be patient with your new dog. Step number 1 is to watch your new dog closely and look for signs they need to relieve themselves.   Signs may include sniffing…

Train dogs to respond to “no”

Your dog needs to learn how to know when they doing something wrong. Teaching your dog to respond to “no” teaches them precisely that. How to teach “No” Most training succeeds by rewarding good behaviour and ignoring unwanted responses. Essentially, your dog wants your approval. However, sometimes it’s necessary to tell your dog that his…

What are the rules of dog play?

It appears there’s a lot of myths about what your dog is doing when he play.   You have probably been told if a dog shows its belly it is being submissive.  Well apparently when they’re playing that is not true. Researchers found that playtime behaviours are governed by a different set of rules from your…

How many words can dogs understand?

  The quick answer is, “way more than you think.” The comprehensive answer is it’s complicated.  That’s because researchers have learnt that it depends on a lot of things, from training and their owner/trainer’s intelligence to their breed, occupation i.e. herding, rescue etc., and how you speak to them. Currently, the record-holder for the most…

Why do some dogs eat poop?

Cow poop, sheep poop, horse poop, unidentified poop … sometimes, their own poop. Do you not feed them – of course not, you feed them the very best of food, designed just for their health and most of us feed them a little more in the form of treats.  It can’t possibly taste good ……

Why do dogs always act like they’re hungry?

You feed your dog really well, healthy, hearty meals designed to ensure you dog remains healthy and happy.  In fact, you may have just fed your dog yet the minute you sit down to eat your meal here comes those eyes.  Oh and the act that goes with the eyes –as if they’re one stagger…

My Dog has Started Walking in Circles – should I be concerned?

Although it is normal for puppies to chase their tails and even for fully-grown animals to dash around in wild twists and turns.  But, dogs don’t typically walk in circles, except when they are preparing to urinate, defecate, or they find an interesting smell or another animal. Some dogs may circle just before they lie…

Train dogs to “get off”

Teaching basic commands is an excellent way to create clear communication and to bond with your dog. How to teach “Off” If you find your dog on the couch, the bed, etc. – tell him “Off”, and then encourage him to get down and come to you. When he comes, reward your dog with praise, get…

Why Easter is chocolate FREE for dogs

Chocolate and dogs are probably the two best things in the world for us, BUT they do not go together. The problem is that trying to prevent your dog from eating chocolate is a bit like telling a kid that they’re not allowed to go into your room – it’s pretty much the first thing…

How do they make us love them?

The bond between us humans and our doggy friends is a special one. If you put the time and effort into building up a relationship with your dog, you’ll be rewarded exponentially with a friend who’s always there for you, who’s always ready to listen, and is always ready to do whatever it takes to…

What’s with circling before lying down?

Stanley Coren is a psychologist who’s an expert in dog behaviour, and he decided to get to the bottom of why some dogs walk around in small circles before settling down. Stanley tested 62 dogs on various surfaces to see what kind of behaviour they demonstrated before lying down and found that if the surface…

Do dogs dream?

Ever wondered why your dog makes those funny little noises, twitches their foot or their feet kind of start running – could they be dreaming?  Science suggests that yes they are dreaming just like we do. Monitoring the brain activity of sleeping dogs has shown that there’s activity going on in a similar manner to…