You Cannot Reinforce an Emotion

A dog is afraid, the owner picks the dog up or cuddles or soothes the dog and everyone gasps in shock and horror – “You see, that is why the dog is so fearful – they are coddling the dog and he has learned that being afraid gets him attention”.

NO, NO, NO and a thousand times NOOOOO!

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A Dog’s Yawn and What It Means

Yawning in dogs looks just like it does in humans – wide open jaw accompanied by a big, deep breath. While with people we usually associate yawning with fatigue, when dogs yawn, it is a form of dog communication.

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Dog Obedience Begins At Home

You need to add dog obedience and structure and gain control of your home.

I know it sounds trite coming from a dog obedience trainer, but the truth is that regularly practicing dog obedience, and adding structure to your dog’s life means that your relationship changes and he begins to listen to you as an authority.

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Puppy Training

I love working with puppies! They are so eager to learn and fun to work with. EBBA is a 5 month old Kokino Cross and TISSOT is a 3 month old Kokino Cross. Both pups get the hang of Sit, Down and Stay in a matter of minutes. Both are rescues and since these videos…

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Lucy’s Story

Lucy is another highly traumatised dog who had been abandoned.  Her fear of humans is extreme – as you can see, we haven’t been able to get close enough to take a decent photograph yet! As with so many abandoned dogs here in Cyprus, the first step is to gain Lucy’s trust.  That can take…

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Star’s Story

This young lady was found living in a cardboard box with her 8 young puppies, In time all Stars pups were found loving homes and I can tell you they are all doing well. Star was also found a loving home in England with Helen and her family, I then got a message from Helen…

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Francois’ Story

Francois is a 3 year old male found wandering the streets. It took two months for the dog catcher to catch him so you can imagine how scared and frightened he was. The video below shows his arrival at the pound….. Francois was frightened of everything. His biggest fear was men. Nothing is known about…

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How to Communicate With Your Dog

Whether you have a new dog or you and your dog have been together for a while, it’s helpful to know the meaning of your dog’s communication signals so that you can adjust your own behaviour as needed and so that you can be assured of your dog’s feelings. Dogs make vocalizations and gestures using…

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The Most Common Dog Behaviour Problems

BARKING Most dogs bark, howl and whine to some degree. Excessive barking is considered a behaviour problem. Before you can correct barking, determine why your dog is vocalising in the first place. These are the most common types of barking: Warning or Alert Playfulness/Excitement Attention-seeking Anxiety Boredom Responding to Other Dogs Learn to control excessive…

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My Top Ten Basic Training Commands

It’s possible, with time and dedication, to build a large vocabulary of commands with your dog, but before you get too carried away with advanced manoeuvres like loading the dishwasher, there are some basic commands for you and your dog to focus on. Getting these right will lay the foundation for more advanced work –…

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