What is this Socialisation thing anyway?

Especially in this pandemic there has been lots of talk about socialisation. It is thought that it cannot be done...

Lessons from Winston: leash walking

Winston was a rescue bullmastiff mix from the Animal Welfare League Hawkesbury Valley Branch. My inspiration to learn how to train dogs,...

Preventing Separation Anxiety

As pandemic-related restrictions continue to relax in NSW, life returns to a new normal… with a new puppy or dog...

Reward schedules

Reward schedules

Last week I talked about routine searching, and one of the things I suggested to help break it if needed...

Reward delivery

Reward delivery

We sometimes find when we’re training our dogs, they seem to be focussing only on where the reward is coming...

OMG that dog is wearing a muzzle!

OMG that dog is wearing a muzzle!

It must be dangerous! FALSE. Let’s get that stigma out of the way, straight up. Muzzle training is a super...

Trimming nails

Trimming nails

For both dogs and cats it’s sometimes necessary for us to intervene and trim their nails or claws. Letting nails...

Tool: Martingale or Training Collar

Tool: Martingale or Training Collar

A Martingale Collar, also called a Training Collar, is a collar with two loops; the larger fitting around the dog’s...

Crate training

Crate training

To me, one of the most important things you can teach your dog (or cat) is to enjoy being crated...

Keeping cats and kittens happy

Keeping cats and kittens happy

Here are some super quick ideas for keeping cats & kittens happy, aka enrichment. Many are free or cheap DIY....