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Helping your puppy build good habits

Posted in 'puppy training' on November 3, 2015, 12:00 am
Ever tried to break a bad habit? Then you'll know how hard it is. Humans are creatures of habit, and our habits govern our lives. When you want to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, get up earlier, be more productive etc, your success is determined by your habits.

Even when we get really motivated and make drastic changes, chances are that 2-3 weeks later we have fallen back into our old habits.

The same is true for good habits. If you exercise regularly and eat healthy...
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Your first day with your puppy

Posted in 'puppy training' on September 18, 2015, 12:00 am
"What do I do with my puppy when I first bring him/her home?"

I've heard this question a few times, and it was also something I wondered when I got my first puppy. It's easy to find articles and blog posts about what you should be doing with your puppy in terms of training. Basic training, housetraining, etc, but nowhere have I actually found information on how to spend the first few days with your puppy.

Your new puppy will obviously need down-time from training, and will also...
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5 simple steps to housetraining your puppy (or adult dog)

Posted in 'behavioural issues, puppy training' on September 9, 2015, 9:00 am
Challenges with housetraining are incredibly common. It's not fair to keep your dog outside or in a pen or crate most of his or her life because of housetraining issues, so housetraining is something that you must devote some time to when you get a puppy.

But first, some things you should know about housetraining:

Puppies don't have full control of their bladder until they're about 6 months old. Until this time, they can't be expected to hold it until they get outside with any...
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How to stop excessive barking

Posted in 'behavioural issues' on April 7, 2015, 9:00 am
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Barking is one of the most common behavioural issues people contact me about. Here are some things you can do on your own to minimise barking.


Firstly, know that barking is natural doggy behaviour. Dogs bark because it's part of their genetic make-up. Dogs have been bred for thousands of years to watch and guard property, and this instinct can't be trained away. Barking is fun, it feels good, and it usually gets dogs what they want - which can be either attention or for people...
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How often to train your dog

Posted in 'training' on March 20, 2015, 10:00 am

Most people realise that they should spend some training their dog in a regular basis, but how often is often enough, or too often? And how long should each training session be?

As a general rule, more time you put into your dog's training, the better your dog will be. At the same time, you don't want to train so much that your dog gets sick of training with you. As a general guideline, you should spend 5 minutes per day training your dog. No matter what breed your dog is, what age,...

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