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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Over the years, I’ve worked with dogs with all sorts of issues. From obsessively chasing flies and charging towards other dogs to snapping at the postman or refusing to come when called… I’ve seen it all and throughout these experiences, I’ve noticed there are certain key steps that I follow every time I begin the […]
If you wake up every morning and dread getting out of bed to go to work, you’re not alone. In fact, for years I woke up at the crack of dawn, made a long commute to my job, sat at a desk for 8+ plus hours, and worked a job I absolutely hated because I […]
Over the years, dog training techniques have begun to evolve in a very positive manner. Now it’s time to take that evolution one step further! First, I think it’s great that there are a lot more people making the transition from yank and crank training (an awful way to train a canine) to a more […]
I was rapidly heading towards my 40’s… and knew it was time to make the jump to becoming a professional dog trainer and behaviorist. Until then, I’d been sitting behind a desk with a career in middle management… a lifetime of helping my team sell as many cases of wine into supermarkets as possible. I’m […]
Dogs and puppies NOT coming when we call them can be one of the most frustrating things! We ask nicely, we call them, we shout and scream… We even begin to wonder if our dog or puppy has a hearing problem! Even worse is when they’re running wild at the park and we have an […]
So you want to stop your dog barking without hurting them? Well I’d love to help you. Barking dogs can be an absolute nightmare, from yapping puppies, to barking dogs around the house, to sad dogs whining at home because they’ve been left on their own… And the good news is you are NOT alone! […]
Dogs have been known to chew almost everything from doors, windows, and car seat belts to balloons, books, mobile phones and underwear! So what is going on, and what’s the reason for all this chewing? Before you begin to put together a solution for your dog or puppy’s chewing, it’s important to understand the real […]
Recently I celebrated what I thought was my 43rd birthday. I posted a photo on Facebook and immediately started receiving emails from good friends telling me that I was only 42! It was amazing–after working it out again on my fingers and a few hours letting it sinking in I felt like I had just […]
When the walk becomes dangerous…
Taking your dog for a walk is supposed to be one of those pleasant experiences; relaxing, enjoyable and memorable. However for many people it’s memorable for all the wrong reasons! Dragged down the street, pulled off your feet, arm yanked out of its socket, damaged wrists and a lot of stress.
In this FREE podcast we take a look at one of the most basic of all commands. Something that’s surely so natural for a dog… but sadly for many people it isn’t. So simple in theory, the recall, as I like to call it, is all about getting your dog to return to your side.
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Ever wondered why on earth a dog would bite their owner? Or maybe your question is even closer to home such as “why did my dog bite ME?”. Why did they do it? Was it random? Have they tasted blood? Is this the end? Can anyone help now? Is it too late? When dogs bite it can all be extremely stressful for all involved. The good news is that there is a solution and it’s not rocket science.
In this podcast we look at the amazing topic of how to use food correctly when training your dog. If you have ever wondered whether or not you are using it correctly and making the most out of it, then this podcast will answer all those questions.
Listen to the Doggy Dan Podcast Show No.6 by using the player above, or subscribing to iTunes and listening on your mobile device. This post will give you an overview of what’s included in this episode: Barking When Left Alone. If you have a dog that’s barking and barking every time you leave the house, then this is for you…
Want to know how to save literally hundreds of dollars training your dog? The other day a lady emailed me from Kentucky in the States, her dog had been a jumper, a barker, was becoming a little aggressive when people came to the front door. In fact her dog had all sorts of issues by […]
My free Doggy Dan Podcast Show No.4 is available now. This blog will give you an overview of what is included in the podcast: Excited and aggressive dog greetings. (If you are not needing help with this topic then don’t worry, the topic you want is coming soon…
So often, greeting another dog on a lead becomes a total disaster, with both owners apologizing for their dog’s behaviour and neither dog enjoying the experience. Neither owner is sure what the correct meet and greet procedure is, or the what the right thing to say is, and we become too involved in what should […]
Dominance and submissive behaviour Many people see dominance as a bad thing with dogs which is a shame as it is simply another way of saying that they naturally like to be in charge. Being dominant is the opposite of being submissive which again is neither good nor bad. Being naturally submissive tends to mean […]
One of the things about watching dogs meeting for the first time at the park is that if you know what you are looking for there is actually an awful lot going on. You see, dogs instinctively know that there are leaders and followers. This dear dog in the video named Willow was very clearly […]
Having a dog who will charge after the ball can be a lot of fun and is a great way of exercising them. Here are some really key concepts that I run through in training a dog to fetch. The video above which when combined with some patience and a little bit of time will […]
I have so many great dog training tips – this is possibly my favourite… Before you ask your dog to do something, ask yourself this: “Do I think that my dog will succeed?” If the answer is no then why are you going to do it? Lets take a very simple example. You are training […]