Talking Dogs Scentwork®

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Don’t waste your great start. Keep learning, keep growing.

So you’ve taught your dog to find a specific scent. Job done. Or is it? It can be if you want to stick to the very basics of scentwork. Your dog will enjoy it but at best it is likely to become humdrum and predictable. And at worst it can become frustrating and stressful. Don’t throw …

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happy Ettie terrier 4 days after spay

Spay – yay or nay? How to decide if neutering is right for your dog

So, I did it! Rather the vet did it. Ettie’s had her keyhole spay. It was done last week and I’m received to say that she sailed through it.  Don’t overshare When it comes to medical matters, I learned in the worst way not to overshare. My little foundling Toby, who I spotted wandering on …

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lazy trainer can't train this

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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support skill down

The skills that every dog needs – all in one place!

When I was training to be a detector dog handler we didn’t teach any obedience-type support skills. No sit, no down, come or drop. It was thought that if the dog was being asked to do something specific that she would do that to the detriment of her detection work. The classic example was walking …

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