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Yes, You Can Socialise Your Baby Puppy

Yes, You Can Socialise Your Baby Puppy

I want to get the message out there that you can socialise your puppy before they have completed their course of vaccinations, in fact you must socialise your puppy as soon as you bring him home. Too many people are keeping their puppies completely shut off from the outside world because they are receiving incomplete [...]

November 5, 2014 Katarina Behaviour, Dog, Experts, Hot Topics, Katarina, Latest News, Training

Fetch

Fetch

Fetch is all about drive, your dog must be driven to perform a number of smaller skills which make up fetch. The basic skills that make up fetch are, chase, hold, bring and give. In oder for fetch to be successful your dog needs to be driven to perform all of these skills one after [...]

December 17, 2013 Katarina Behaviour, Dog, Experts, Hot Topics, Katarina, Training

Front Door Safety

Front Door Safety

Our front doors are usually the last barrier to the outside world, a world where there are cars, people, birds, cats, smells to explore and other dogs, all of these things being very tempting for a dog who is inside looking out. Teaching your dog to control their impulse of wanting to bolt as soon [...]

December 9, 2013 Katarina Behaviour, Dog, Experts, Hot Topics, Katarina, Training

Adopting an Older Dog

Adopting an Older Dog

If you do not want to purchase a puppy through a registered breeder rescue organisations should be your only other option. Never purchase your puppy from a pet shop, or an unregistered breeder, you will only perpetuate the puppy mill industry. The first step is to choose a rescue organisation. You can either visit your [...]

April 30, 2013 Katarina Behaviour, Dog, Experts, Hot Topics, Katarina, Training

Dog Park Etiquette

Dog Park Etiquette

Most dog owners are aware of dog ownership laws when out and about with a dog. There are the obvious rules such as picking up after your dog and walking off lead in off lead areas etc. What I want to discuss today are the more subtle rules, or dog park etiquette. Perhaps one of [...]

April 4, 2013 Katarina Dog, Katarina

Traveling with your Dog

Traveling with your Dog

If you are like me and want to take your dog on holidays with you, there are some things that may make it smoother for you and your family. Skills that will help with taking your dog away with you are a good recall, heeling and focus work. These three exercises will get you out [...]

December 18, 2012 Katarina Dog, Hot Topics, Katarina

Dominance Theory and Dog Training

Dominance Theory and Dog Training

The dominance theory of dog training arose out of research conducted on captive wolves before the 1970’s. It asserts that your dogs behaviour comes from their preoccupation with achieving alpha status in the home. However, now because of new research, the trend is moving away from the dominance theory of dog training. In the past, [...]

December 7, 2012 Katarina Behaviour, Dog, Hot Topics, Katarina, Training

Choosing the Right Dog Breed

Choosing the Right Dog Breed

If you are familiar with the breed of dog you wish to adopt you will be able to measure your expectations much better. Often, the reason people find themselves in trouble with their dog is because they have underestimated the work involved in keeping a dog, or they have chosen the wrong breed. The following questions [...]

November 21, 2012 Katarina Behaviour, Dog, Experts, Hot Topics, Katarina

So the kids want a dog for Christmas?

So the kids want a dog for Christmas?

‘Can we get a puppy?’, this question is where it all begins. Your children have been pestering you for months, may be years, with promises like, ‘I promise to take care of it’ or ‘I’ll walk and train it every day’.  Let me tell you something…. that’s unlikely to happen. Children (even in to their [...]

November 8, 2012 Katarina Behaviour, Dog, Experts, Health, Hot Topics, Katarina, Training

Toilet Training

Toilet Training

Puppies are essentially clean animals and prefer not soiling in the same place they sleep, play and eat, this is why we are able to toilet train them so effectively. However, they do not come to you understanding exactly where they should eliminate, someone needs to teach them. The following advice applies for adult dogs [...]

October 17, 2012 Katarina Behaviour, Dog, Experts, Hot Topics, Katarina, Training