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A Dog’s Sixth Sense: The Unexplained Power of Dogs

I’ve always been fascinated with how amazing nature is. It seems as though every day we discover new things about animals—things that previously may have seemed like the stuff of a science fiction novel or movie. And as a dog trainer, I’ve certainly seen my fair share of interesting and sometimes even unexplainable behaviour. One […]

What Training Dogs Has Taught Me about Parenting

Have you ever looked at your dog, then at your child, and thought to yourself, “I wonder how similar raising a children is to training a dog?” I have! In fact, after a decade of training over 3,000 dogs, owning 4 dogs, and having two human children of my own, I ended up writing a […]

Treat Your Pet: 7 Dog Foods Canines Crave

Dogs love food! Why? Well, same reason you do! It tastes delicious! Word of WARNING! Before we begin I would like to say that these foods ARE NOT necessarily the best foods for your dogs. They are simply treats and foods that I have found dogs love over the years that I’ve lived and worked […]

MYTH BUSTERS: Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

When I hear the myth “You can’t teach an old dog a new trick,” I also think of a quote which I believe to be true… “If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always got!” In other words, if you want to train a dog, no matter his […]

Live Your Dream: Become a Professional Dog Trainer

Growing up in the northeast of England, I always dreamt of doing something special with my life. After all, I went to school with Alan Shearer who went on to be the captain of England’s soccer team. I hoped to do something similar, but alas, it was not to be. And so, my life began […]

The Ultimate Dog Bucket List – The BEST Things to Do With Your Best Friend

I’m sure many of you have heard of making a bucket list. It’s possible that you even have a bucket list for yourself. But here’s a million-dollar question…does your dog have a dog bucket list? The idea of a dog bucket list may seem a little odd at first, but it makes total sense that […]

Fear Aggression Training: The Amazing Ability for Dogs to Change

I remember my mum telling me when I was young… “You know what I love about you, Dan? You always look after the kids that are weak and need help.” She wasn’t talking about dogs at the time, but it’s true. And I guess I haven’t changed! My heart always wants to reach out and […]

Training Aggressive Dogs: Understanding Dominant and Fearful Aggression

Over the years, I’ve worked with thousands of unruly and aggressive dogs who were hostile to other dogs. And that’s what this is about…understanding dog-dog aggression. One encounter that sticks in my memory is a Great Dane Border Collie cross, who weighed close to 80 kg and was so aggressive that when I brought him […]

Dog Training Secrets: An Inside Look at Stopping Inappropriate Behaviors

Those of you who know my work know that my dog training practices are founded on dog owner education. Why? Because believe it or not, most of the dogs I train have a problem that needs to be solved by educating a dog owner to change his or her behavior. That’s the first of my […]

5 Essential Traits of a Great Dog Behavior Training Specialist

Becoming a dog behavior training specialist is one of the most fun and interesting jobs you can ever pursue. There’s not a day that goes by that I find myself bored, unhappy or flustered–something most people can’t say about their current career. Yet, as fun, wonderful and rewarding as a career as a dog trainer […]

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