Posts Posts by: "Joy Matthews"
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I was watching Graham Norton the other week and delighted that Will Smith was on (love that man!)  Mr Smith told various anecdotes, in his inimitable style but the one that lodged in my head was this: “Luck? There’s no such thing as ‘luck’. Luck is when opportunity meets preparation”  Here’s the clip…(Read More)

Ever wondered how your dog sees life? We tried to imagine – anthropomorphism warning! Here’s what our resident ‘expert’ told us on why maybe it’s the humans that need a bit more training … Gerry, 4yr Collie Cross “Walkies!” Ahh, that word is music to my ears.  Fresh air, a cornucopia of smells, a…(Read More)

Let’s talk about dogs, humans & emotional baggage … Picture from Dogster.com Picture the scene: You’ve dashed from work, braved rush hour traffic and arrived – a little flustered – at Puppy Class.  You apologise for being late and scuttle in to find your seat. Then you rustle frantically in your bag to get…(Read More)

Fresh, whole foods – provide valuable nutrition to your pet and serve as a tasty snack/treat. Small bites of cheese, ham, chicken work well.As do raw almonds and cashews (for bigger dogs) and raw sunflower seeds (for smaller dogs). homemade dog treats by Gemmahttps://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/homemade-dog-treats/ Organic fruits and veg…(Read More)

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These Games Are Better!   What games do you play with your dog when you’re in the park or on a walk? Dogs are said to be ‘gods of frolic’ because they love playing games!  But they love it even more when they can make choices about how to play. Let me explain:  Most…(Read More)

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“When we are training our dogs we can often stay in our comfort zone, doing the things our dogs are already good at. Sometimes this is looked upon as showing off, but I think it’s often more a fear of failure.  Becoming skilled at something feels great and it takes guts to go…(Read More)

Fitting in time to train your dog or puppy can be challenging – we all have busy lives.  So here’s a tip to save you time and give Fido the training he needs:  Simply turn your dog’s mealtimes into “Training Time!” 4 Reasons Why Meal Times Make Great Training Opportunities Meals last longer! Putting…(Read More)

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Lots of people now train their dog or puppy using positive reinforcement – hurrah!  – and food tends to be our go-to item.  However, there is much confusion about the difference between the terms  ‘treat’,  ‘reward’ and ‘reinforcement’.   So, what is the difference?  Does it matter?  And can it affect the results you achieve with…(Read More)

Question: What might the following dog movements have in common? Ears back, lip licking, yawning, head turns, paw lift, backing away. Answer: They are all behaviours that dogs use to ‘communicate’. If some or all of the above behaviours are happening together, your dog may be telling you he isn’t comfortable in a situation…(Read More)

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Do certain things in your dog’s environment cause him to become over-excited, frustrated or anxious?  Do you struggle to get Fido’s attention? Teaching your dog to “bounce” can help change his emotional and behavioural response to triggers, and instead to calmly focus on you. Now doesn’t that sound like a more…(Read More)