Crate Training Your Puppy or Adult Dog

Crate Training Your Puppy or Adult Dog

If introduced correctly, dogs do not see crates as ‘cages’, but more as their bed, a den and a safe and secure place where they can go to escape and get some peace and quiet!  It can become their favourite place to sleep and a cosy area for them to go to.  By nature, dogs like small, enclosed spaces, especially when they feel unsure or worried about something.  If you provide your puppy or dog with its own area to escape to, it will happily seek out this area when it needs some time out.

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Choosing the Right Dog Walker or Day Care Centre

Choosing the Right Dog Walker or Day Care Centre

As a Dog Trainer, I am often asked if I can recommend a good Dog Walker or Doggy Daycare Centre.  Obviously, my first response if you were to ask me about Dog Walking, would be that you choose the Happy Buddies Dog Walking service!  You can’t get better than Happy Buddies and I am very proud of the Dog Walking service that I provide.

However, I may not cover your area or I may be full on the days you require cover and due to my busy dog training commitments, I do not offer full day care facilities, so I thought it would be helpful to write a blog on how you can go about choosing the right dog walker or day care centre to suit your dogs needs.

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Dog Theft and What You Can Do To Prevent It

Dog Theft and What You Can Do To Prevent It

You may well recognise this beautiful little puppy.  Her name is Mika.  She really is quite famous, but sadly for all the wrong reasons.  Mika was stolen while out on a walk with her family, not more than 100 yards away from them.  It was an opportunistic crime and one that bought heartache to her family, especially her little human sister.  Mika was just 14 weeks old when she was cruelly taken from her family.

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Puppy School App – A Personalised Puppy Training App!

Puppy School App – A Personalised Puppy Training App!

Founder and Director of Puppy School and internationally renowned dog trainer and behaviourist, Gwen Bailey, has now developed a great app which can help you train your puppy and solve your puppy training problems with step-by-step photography and videos - it’s like a personal training app for your puppy!

Download Now For Apple

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So, You’ve Decided To Get a Puppy!

So, You’ve Decided To Get a Puppy!

CONGRATULATIONS!  You have made the decision to welcome a puppy into your home and family!  Dogs make amazing companions and family members but introducing a puppy to your home needs to be done properly and with a lot of thought in order to ensure your puppy grows into a good-mannered, well-balanced and friendly adult dog that fits in with your family’s personalities and lifestyle.  Whilst exciting, making the decision to get a puppy is the easy bit – there is now a lot to consider before the day when puppy arrives!

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Post Puppy Worry?

Post Puppy Worry?

I’ve completed a lot of 121 home visits recently for new puppy owners who are feeling a little overwhelmed at the amount of attention their new little ball of fluff needs, in particular how much hard work they have found the toilet training, play biting and interactions with children and other pets. 

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Do you use a Retractable Lead – maybe this will make you think again?

Do you use a Retractable Lead – maybe this will make you think again?

Retractable leads are popular because they allow dogs more freedom on walks as they aren’t as confining as normal leads.  However, the purpose of using a lead when walking a dog is to keep the dog under control and safe.  Retractable leads very often do the opposite.

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Socialisation and Habituation

Socialisation and Habituation

One of the most important things you can do for your puppy is to help it socialise.  When a puppy is young, new experiences are approached without fear, but as they grow, puppies become increasingly fearful of new encounters and by just 16 weeks of age, the window of opportunity closes as fear starts to outweigh their keenness to approach.

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