Guidance is not dependence

Guidance is not dependence

4 min read We are all living to some degree on the experiences of those who went before us. This is particularly relevant in dog training as we become very aware of what was culturally accepted 40-50 years ago would now not even be considered. Many fields of learning...
Ethics in Dog Training

Ethics in Dog Training

5 min read A protection from harm You may be shocked to read that dog training and dog behaviour treatment is an unregulated industry. We have no industry wide recognised qualifications and no written standards of conduct that apply to any of us practicing with pet...
What can’t you teach with a target?

What can’t you teach with a target?

3 min read May this should be titled “Why would you teach without a target?” Targets and targeting are a concept and core understanding that our training revolves around. The clicker revolution was the dawn of target training for dog trainers. It introduced a new...
Stop doing that ….

Stop doing that ….

8 min read Can we teach “stop doing that”? For all of us rearing young dogs, there are times we need to be able to say “you cannot be doing that”. Yep, me too. Either we see there is trouble ahead if you carry on doing that, or that it is unacceptable behaviour when...
Nose Target. No thanks

Nose Target. No thanks

4 min read Did I teach this 20 years ago? Oh yes. Do I teach it now? Nope. Advancing our skills, knowledge and understanding is about learning more, adding depth and changing what we do and what we teach. Advanced training is rarely about increase complexity but...
Clean Training

Clean Training

Since the dawn of clicker training in the 1990s, training has become much more accessible and less of a specialised, or mysterious activity. This has been largely due to learning from video, the wider understanding of the technology of training and instantly appealing...