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…

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…

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…

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…

Why do dogs roll in smelly stuff?

Nooooooo, you have just recognised the shoulder lean, the butt in the air … and you know that, no matter what you say, scream or yell, your dog has just found something fun and probably stinky to roll in. It’s making your eyes water already, so how can dogs, with their superior sense of smell,…

Why dogs chase their tails?

In January 2017 I wrote a blog titled; there’s more to tail wagging than meets the eye,  which talked about how many different things a dog can say with their tail, but how funny is it when they start to chase it. It’s a hilarious behaviour, and it’s even funnier if they catch it. But…

Right pawed or left?

Did you know that like us humans, dogs can be either right-paw or left-paw dominant or ambidextrous?  To learn which is the dominant paw, pay attention to which paw is used to do things like give high-fives or steadying toys. I don’t remember why, but I do remember that when I was growing up there…

Why Dogs sniff Butts

What’s with the weird butt sniffing fetish dogs have?  What could possibly be so enticing about the smell of dog butt that dogs just can’t get enough of?  And not just smell — they need to get a good long whiff that’s bordering on obsessive-compulsive.  And aren’t dogs supposed to have a sense of smell…