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How being a lazy trainer can get you surprising results!

Lazy trainer or training on the fly? I describe myself as a lazy trainer. I prefer to train on the fly, resisting sessions where I have to pre-plan. And I’m terrible for starting to teach something and then once the dog gets the idea moving to the next exercise rather than finishing the previous one …

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Ettie looking out of flat window

Stressed in Scotland? How to observe your dog to find out if, and help her when, she’s stressed.

Had I had time to think, relocating Ettie from a house to a flat might have caused me some anxiety. To have people moving around above, below and across from her might trigger alarm barking. Not having her own garden to toilet in could prove very distracting. And being in a whole new environment, not …

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Management of Ettie with her friend Pan

Why it’s a huge mistake to miss out management

Management is the poor cousin of training and behaviour modification. It’s only when it is missing that the spotlight starts to turn on this critical element. From the earliest stages in training, helping pups to learn in class, good trainers know to create a calm atmosphere. An environment full of noise and movement is not …

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