Ettie in her namesake Glen Etive

What secrets does your dog’s name reveal about you?

I love guessing how dogs get their names. Sometimes the name comes from something simple like  marking. Think Patch or Spot. But other times the dog’s name reveals more. So what secrets are in your dog’s name? The naming struggle I’ll start with a few examples close to home. More often than not I struggle …

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lab face under Christmas wrapping paper

How to turn Christmas rubbish into scentwork gold!

Christmas can be a messy affair. And with even more need for online shopping and presents having to be posted, this year could produce more rubbish than usual. But look again, from your dog’s perspective. And suddenly what you see as Christmas rubbish turns into scentwork gold. Treasure Look closely at what you actually have. …

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Ettie terrier ignoring me

How you can get more attention by ignoring your dog

Ignoring the dog??!!! Anybody who has ever learned scentwork with me will no doubt be shocked to hear me suggest that you should ignore your dog. Especially since my huge bugbear is trainers teaching scentwork without teaching students to observe and support their dogs at all times. Heck, I teach handlers to move backwards explicitly …

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happy lab looking to the side to show why knowledge is worth pursuing

Knowledge, fear, joy, worry. Why do I do this job?!

Cliches become cliches for a reason. ‘Say yes to the things that scare you’ is a great example. And one that I believe in. And experience frequently. I get the same mix of fear and excitement each time I’m asked to speak at an event. My first thought is always ‘I can’t do that’. I …

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