Talking Dogs Scentwork®

Pam Mackinnon

Founder & Director of Talking Dogs Scentwork®, dog trainer for 30 years, dedicated to improving human understanding of, and the welfare of, dogs. I love to write, to read, to photograph, to create.

training inertia

No rush, no fuss. How to avoid training inertia.

Have you ever felt that all your learning has brought you to an unexpected place? Perhaps you feel more knowledgeable, more confident? Or perhaps you feel overwhelmed? So much so that inertia seems like your best option? I’ve been there and I know other trainers who have also found themselves in this unexpected position.  How …

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Uma searches the fence

Scentwork Fencework. How a simple fence can improve your scentwork expertise.

After a couple of false starts, today is fence day! Every person reading this who lives with a dog knows that a fence is not just a fence. Fences give us confidence that our dog can’t get out without us. It gives them freedom to be in the garden or outside space off lead. It …

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girls set goals

How to survive the dark nights by setting goals

Here in the UK, our clocks just went back. This means that it gets darker earlier in the evenings. For some people, this is a season to dread. More darkness, fewer opportunities to be outside. It’s colder, weather is harsher and life seems that bit harder. If this is how you feel, I hope that …

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pay attention

Are you paying attention? Why, and how, to be more mindful of your dog.

Are you paying attention? What is your dog doing right now? Do you know? Perhaps she’s in the room with you snoozing by your side just like my terrier girls? Or perhaps she’s taken herself off to bed in another room like my lab? If you have other folks at home with you, she could …

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