Should you get your dog fixed?

Should You Get Your Dog Fixed? By Luzelle Cockburn OK, so there’s lots of information about spaying and neutering and which one is the best option. But let’s examine what’s best for you and your dog. To get your dog fixed is to get a female dog speyed or a male dog neutered. It means …

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Taranaki Dog Friendly Dining Guide

Taranaki Dog-Friendly Dining Guide By Luzelle Cockburn Taranaki, especially New Plymouth is truly a Gem when it comes to being dog-friendly! Especially compared to the rest of the country! Us dog owners really are spoiled for choice! But I digress!  If you would like to take your dog out with you to a Cafe or …

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Are all aggressive dogs fearful?

Are All Aggressive Dogs Fearful? By Luzelle Cockburn Now, while many people try to explain aggression and fear, few people properly explain how tolerance and aggression interacts with fear and confidence.  In fact, I don’t think very many people, even dog trainers, understand this.  The same fallacies perpetuated that aggression is from fearful dogs and …

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Why Your Dog Won’t Eat!

Why Your Dog Won’t Eat By Luzelle Cockburn Now, in almost every class there’s at least one owner with a dog who won’t take their treats. I’ve been down that road myself. I once was THAT owner with THAT dog. I totally understand the frustration. So, here’s a list of solutions that could help your …

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What’s Your Dog’s Why?

What’s Your Dog’s Why? By Luzelle Cockburn Have you ever wondered “what’s my dog’s why?” Most likely you haven’t. I mean you’re more likely to ask: “why does my dog bark at people” not actually the more important question “why did my dog choose to bark at that person? What was it about them that …

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Can You Say No To Your Dog?

Can You Say No to Your Dog?

Can You Say No To Your Dog? By Luzelle Cockburn I’ve been hearing some rumours that dog trainers are saying owners can’t say “no” to their dogs. I find this concept interesting. Is it right to say “no” to your dog? Has saying “no” become taboo? If so, why?If you do want to use it …

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The Value of a Good Dog Trainer

The Value of a Good Dog Trainer

  The Value of a Good Dog Trainer By Luzelle Cockburn Everyone wants an obedient dog. But expecting your 8-week old puppy or newly adopted dog to be the next “Lassie” is a bit unrealistic (or any dog that hasn’t received training for that matter). For a start, Lassie was a fictional character (I know, …

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Is a Belgian Malinois Right for You?

Is a Belgian Malinois Right for You?

Should You Get a Belgian Malinois? By Luzelle Cockburn Belgian Malinois (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, …

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A Dog Trainer’s Journey

A Dog Trainer's Journey

A Dog Trainer’s Journey By Luzelle Cockburn I never set out to become a dog trainer. When I got my first dog, that thought was the furthest thing from my mind. But it happened. And I finally feel like I’m making a difference in the world. Seeing once frustrated dog owners actually being able to …

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