My dog got kicked out of daycare! Does that make him a bad dog?

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Getting the phone call to tell us that our dog is no longer welcome at the doggy daycare can stir up a rollercoaster of emotions. It floods over us when we hear that our dog has failed at something! We’ve been told our dog is no longer welcome at doggy daycare. What does that mean? Have we failed our dog? …

How to Choose a Good Breeder for my next puppy?

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Some food for thought: as a dog trainer, I put a lot of emphasis on good genetics and proper socialisation, and I can fix issues.  Why is that?  Dogs are put to sleep every day because of poor socialisation and poor genetics.  So how much more emphasis should the average pet owner put on these qualities in a breeder, if dog …

How to Choose a Good Puppy

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When it comes to choosing a puppy, How can we choose a good puppy? What are the important things to think about before we search for our puppy? How can we give our puppy the best start in life? There is often an argument among dog trainers and breeders about “Nature vs Nurture”.  Everyone wants to get the best out …

For the Love of Dogs

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There’s a saying that every dog trainer has heard. It goes something like: the only thing two dog trainers can agree on is that the third trainer is wrong. It’s funny, it’s true and it’s actually really sad! In other industries people of differing beliefs can work together, they can collaborate and come up with even better solutions together. But …

Let’s talk about Punishment

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Does punishment work? Can we use punishment ethically and fairly to adjust behaviour? Does science back up the use of punishment? Let’s talk about punishment and find out the answers to these questions: How Punishment Worked in NZ I’ve never seen anyone reduce their speed when ice-creams are handed out instead of speeding tickets. If we choose to speed the …

What’s My Dog’s Why?

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Have you ever wondered “what’s my dog’s why?”  Just like us, our dogs have reasons for doing, or not doing things.  They have likes and dislikes, some of which make no sense to us what-so-ever!  But that doesn’t matter, to have an effective partnership with our dogs, we should think “What’s My Dog’s Why?” Without knowing the “why” we might …

Taranaki Dog Friendly Places

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We live in a wonderful nook of New Zealand.  Taranaki is very dog-friendly compared to many other places around Aotearoa.  We have fantastic dog control teams who are focussed on education and we have the privilege of taking our dogs to many of the beaches around the Naki!  But did you know there are also other dog-friendly places, like Cafes …

Help! My Dog won’t Eat.

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There are many reasons why dogs are fussy with their food.  Nevermind the emotional agony we experience when our dogs won’t eat, when we use food in training, it is important that our dogs view food as appropriate payment. How can we help our dogs to eat their food? What can we do to encourage our dogs to work for …

Is all Dog Aggression Bad?

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In this article, we will examine the following questions: Is all aggression bad?  How can we minimise dog bites?  Is the dog at fault? What do I need to know about Aggression? When discussing aggression, it is important to note that not all aggression is bad.  For the average pet owner, aggression may be an unwanted quality. But, interestingly, aggression …

Should I Get a Belgian Malinois?

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Belgian Malinois (pronouneced Mal-in-wah) seem to be the flavour of the month, with movies like Max helping to fuel their popularity.  The reality is, though, these dogs are not for everyone. But they are fantastic companions in the right hands. They are like your Formula 1 cars, with a skilled driver the cars can reach their full potential. But with …

Help! My Dog is Aggressive!

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It’s a horrible feeling when your dog snaps at another dog or person. The biggest problem is often we don’t understand why our dog seemingly overreacted and became aggressive. Was it aggression? Is my dog now an aggressive dog? Did the other dog or person do something that made my dog overreact? What? How do I tell my dog it’s …

Helping Jazz

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I was once asked to look after a Belgian Shepherd, called Jazz when her owner went on holiday.  She was a nervous dog, yet had a bite history.  She was already on her second home and both homes were too harsh for her temperament.  Both her previous owners wanted to compete with her, yet neither could get her to heel …

Raising my First Puppy, Kaz

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Kaz was a bit of an impulse buy. I don’t really do impulse buys… I like to do my research and thoroughly weigh up the pros and cons of my decisions before acting. Anyway, Kaz was the last puppy left in the litter and was going to be the first puppy I’d ever raised. I started with an adult rescue …

Zakkie’s Adventures Part 2

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So after Zakkie’s obedience career’s spectacular fail, we thought we would give Agility a go!  Dogs love agility!  Surely Zak will love it too and be like the dogs you see on the internet… well… maybe not…  If you missed Part 1, you can read it here! Every outing with Zakkie was certainly and adventure… or possibly more like an …

First Dog Story

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Before I got my Dobermann Zakkie I was a cat person (yeah, I know, really!).  I even trained my cats – yup, they all sat before they got their dinner.  Seriously and that wasn’t the only tricks they performed, but that’s for another blog post.  Anyway, getting a dog was never really a consideration for me, I mean they’re a …