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What Jay Did Next…

Imagine a toddler brain with teenage hormones, covered in fluff and weighing in at 71kg.  That’s Jay, a 19 month old Newfoundland boy. He shares his house with Tanya, a 2 year old 61kg Saint Bernard and Tasha (8 years old) a 69kg Newfoundland. Somewhere in that mix of fluff is Rachel mopping slobber off […]

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Adjusting our expectations

Welcoming a new puppy into our home we are filled with excitement, love and anticipation for all the potential a new puppy brings. At the same time, we experience anxiety about getting things right, getting the correct training and advice, and ‘doing right’ by our new addition. This turmoil of emotions is normal, as are […]

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Nancy Pants

Sometimes, when a dog joins class, a nickname comes out without even thinking about it.  Often it’s the same one the owners use, Nancy Pants joined puppy class earlier this year.  She’s a very sweet maltipoo, affectionate and cuddly, but her early life wasn’t so sweet.   She was given up by a breeder along […]

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Saint Bear

Saint Bear (official sainthood pending) is a 3 year old Saint Bernard who lives with Bently, a 17 month old Saint Bernard and two littermate spaniels, George & Lola who are 8 years old.   Bear was bought as Jo’s dream dog and very soon it became clear that there was something very special about Bear […]

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One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

From being dumped in a field to finding his forever home, how Waffle stole the heart of his rescuer.   Waffle was thrown away like a bag of rubbish. Dumped in a field and tied to another dog and a girl who had been used for excessive breeding. What should have been a gorgeous, fluffy cockapoo […]

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Puppy

How Much Sleep Does A Puppy Need?

How Much Sleep Does A Puppy Need? Puppies need between 18-20 hours of sleep a day and an adult dog needs around 16 hours of sleep a day. If they aren’t getting the required amount, they will be massively overtired. If your puppy is showing these signs of tiredness they need settling off to bed with […]

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Puppy

Training Your New Puppy To Toilet Outside

  Training your new puppy to toilet outside is often one of the first things new dog owners want to teach. It’s a super exciting time to have a new puppy in your life and this article is all about setting off on the right paw. Ideally, toilet training your puppy is done outside. But […]

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Dog Behaviour

Reactivity and Training A Reactive Dog

Reactivity is one of the most frequent behaviour challenges people seek help with.  Training a reactive dog takes a lot of time, patience and often includes doubting the progress.  A few months ago I adopted a highly reactive dog and these are my lessons from the first few months. What Is Reactivity? Reactivity is any […]