How to store a dog long line

I recommend long lines for dog’s who are still working on recall (coming back when called). In my opinion they are vital to most new dog owners shopping list. However, they take some getting used to and can become tangled very easily. A few years ago, on a course, I was shown by someone how to store […]

My first Kennel Club agility competition

Last week Leskie and I entered our first Kennel Club agility competition. I say first, if I am completely honest we did enter one about a year and a half ago. We waited three and a half hours, we managed five obstacles before she squatted in the middle of the ring and pooped. I was […]

Assistance Dog Training

I’ve just returned from a five day #Superdogs course learning how to train dogs for assistance. The course was run by Nando Brown and Jo-Rosie Haffenden of School of Canine Science who had their own TV series on Channel 4 last year called Rescue Dog to Super Dogs. And that’s what we did this last […]

Dogs and Pre-Schoolers

This week I took my dog, Leskie, into my sons pre-school for a show and tell. I did a short talk on a dog’s needs and how to behave around them, then we showed off some of her tricks. The biggest crowd pleaser was getting her and my son to high five me at the […]

Running with dogs

I’ve been training for our local five mile obstacle course and my dog has been my running buddy. I have run off and on with her since she was little so I thought it might be useful to share a couple of tips when running with dogs. Firstly, it’s best not to run with very […]

Toilet training

At around three weeks of age a puppy has an inbuilt instinct to move away from their nest to go to the toilet. They will not be aware that your larger house is still part of the nest so it is up to you to teach them the boundaries. Here’s my top tips for toilet […]

Choosing a dog trainer

This weekend, alongside Crufts, Channel 4 aired a program called Dog’s Behaving Badly which was hosted by a self proclaimed ‘leading UK dog trainer’. It was immediately obvious that the man does not appear to be qualified and I myself have never heard of him. He offered very poor and highly dangerous advice for a […]

Puppy play biting

This is a blog for puppy owners. The number one complaint I get about young puppies is play biting people. Boy does it hurt with those tiny sharp teeth. Firstly, let me explain why puppies play bite then I’ll go into how to prevent it. It’s really important to understand why puppies play bite and […]

Book recommendation: The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell (2003)

Last weekend I travelled to Manchester by train for my friends wedding which gave me 10 child free hours so I decided to fill it with an audio book (as am such a slow reader). I chose to revisit ‘The Other End of The Leash’ by Patricia McConnell. I would highly recommend this book to […]

Socialisation and Play

With puppies it is critical to ensure that you socialise them with other dogs from an early age to make sure that they grow into well balanced adult dogs. Socialising them well does not mean letting them play with every dog they meet in the park. It means introducing them to a multitude of other […]