Dogs chase things because they love it. It’s a self reinforcing habit, which means that the more they do it the more they want to do it. Your dog doesn’t need a reward to learn to chase things like he would in order to learn a command like ‘Sit’ or ‘Stay’. Chasing is what is […]

Housetraining a puppy

One of the biggest concerns new dog owners have about their new puppy is how to house train her effectively and quickly. There are several approaches you can take to house training a puppy and I will describe here the method I’ve used successfully for years. Keep in mind that your young dog has very […]

Structured Play

Daily life can be very boring for the average companion dog. After all, most dogs were bred to perform a useful function and these days the majority of them are expected to be happy to do very little except when we find time to take them out or give them our attention. In the wild, […]

Loose Lead Walking

  The reason so many dogs pull on their leads and drag their long-suffering owners along the street is because those owners have inadvertently taught their dogs that pulling is the way to move forward. Think about what happens when a dog reaches the end of its lead. The owner pulls back, the dog braces […]

The Stay command

Have your dog on a lead and in the Sit position beside you. As your trained dog should do what you ask him to do until you tell him to do something else, you don’t actually need to use the word ‘Stay’ but many people find it difficult to resist! So, once your dog obeys […]


Why do dogs chew and why do they always seem to choose your best shoes, sunglasses or gloves? It could be that your young dog is teething, or using his teeth to explore his surroundings. He may be bored, hungry or plain greedy and it could have just become a habit. Your dog will prefer […]

The Sit command

With your dog facing you, stand still and give the command ‘Sit’. Have a treat or favourite toy in your hand and after a second, move it towards and slightly above his head and over towards his back, so he’s forced to look up at it. His bottom should automatically descend to the floor. Congratulate […]