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The Big Picture – tackling unwanted behaviour positively & successfully

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This week my summer puppies course kicked off and the usual issues were raised, such as tackling play biting and jumping up.  Something I like my clients to think about is how the undesirable behaviour is being reinforced? Obviously as behaviour consultants it is our job to identify these things but it can really help […]

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Puppy Socialisation Bingo – During COVID-19

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Every owner wants a happy, sociable and contented dog.  To help your puppy gain confidence around new environments, sounds, people, animals and objects, we need to make these experiences as positive as can be.  By using fun and food, you can help introduce new experiences and repeated experiences to your puppy during COVID-19 using this […]

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New website can help with all your breed questions

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Breed Advisor is a new website designed to help owners when it comes to choosing the right breed for them. The website has a wealth of information, including a dive into: breed personalities trainability ratings health & exercise needs diet  plus lots more This really is a one-stop destination for owners and potential pet parents […]

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Create a sensory pet garden (inside or out)

Ever heard of a sensory garden?  It’s a self-contained garden that is designed to stimulate the senses not just with lovely looking and nice smelling plants and flowers but also by having items that can be interacted with, such as fuzzy plants to touch or giant instruments like a xylophone, strung up that people can […]

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Enrichment tip: toilet roll treats

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This is a simple hack that you can get the kids involved in. What you will need:  Toilet roll tube[s]  Some of your dog’s kibble or treats How to make your toilet roll treat: Grab yourself a toilet roll tube and have to hand some of your dog’s daily kibble or treat allowance (dried food […]

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Enrichment tip: crazy kebabs

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This is a simple hack that you can get the kids involved in. What you will need: Some carrots (or whatever your dog is motivated by, such as sausage, cheese, cucumber) A skewer (or scissors if you don’t have one) Garden string How to make your crazy kebab: Cut up some carrots and use your […]

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Some hacks to burn your dog’s energy during lockdown

While many of us are in lockdown, this presents a challenge for owners of energetic young dogs and certain breeds that typically require more exercise than others.  Research suggests that reduced physical and mental stimulation is associated with increased dog anxiety (Menor-Campos et al., 2011), and this can lead to undesirable behaviours such excessive vocalisation, […]

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Playing with your dog: some scent game ideas

Ten years ago my little book was published, designed as a quick-read for owners to understand the importance of play and to help them get started on some easy games and tricks to teach their dog.   Presently we are in a surreal time; around 20% of the world’s population is in lockdown due to […]

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Staying healthy & supporting your training during COVID–19

18th March 2020 – Message from Hanne Grice These are unsettling and extraordinary times as the situation with COVID–19 remains extremely dynamic.  Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 5pm briefing today, as an educator we are halting our current Puppy & Dog School classes.  We aim to offer our students booked onto our forthcoming courses alternative […]

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Generalisation of behaviours – “But he’ll do it at home!”

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This week I was having a chat with a client who was trying to understand why her dog was struggling to perform some well practiced behaviours in and around her home environment but not in class – and this prompted my post on the importance of generalising the behaviours we want our pets to do.  […]

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