a little piece of mind, Behaviour, Dog Aggression, Dogs, growling, help, mindfulness, pulling on the lead, Recall training, Walking

The magic is in the understanding.

In this example we will use lack of recall. Your dog knows it name and will respond very well when he/she decides they want to. All our dog's behaviours can be changed by helping them to become more responsive to us. In order for our dogs to become more responsive to us, we just need… Continue reading The magic is in the understanding.

Dog Aggression, Dogs, help, pulling on the lead, Rescue dogs, scared of dogs, training, Uncategorized

Trust your dog

I find that sometimes I am  so busy trying to control and understand my dog's and my clients dog's behaviour, I forget trust is a 2 way thing. Most of us understand that in order for our dogs to respond us to us, they need to trust us, but what about our trust in them.… Continue reading Trust your dog

a little piece of mind, anxiety, Behaviour, Damian Mark Smyth, Dogs, pulling on the lead, Puppies, scared of dogs, training, Uncategorized

Do you ever feel like there is just too much dog behaviour advice available?

Yes, I believe there absolutely is, strange coming from someone who is always adding to the pot of dog behaviour advice, maybe, but I think it's really important that we recognise this, if for nothing else but our own sanity  or mine anyway! As a conscientious  dog behaviour coach I try to keep ahead of… Continue reading Do you ever feel like there is just too much dog behaviour advice available?

Behaviour, Dogs, help, pulling on the lead, talking dog, training, Uncategorized

Manage the situation not your dog

  "Manage the situation not your dog" This little piece of wisdom was given to me some years ago and it still holds very true today. If you find yourself trying to "do" something with your dog to change or improve their behaviour there is a good chance you will become frustrated or at the… Continue reading Manage the situation not your dog

Behaviour, Dogs, help, pulling on the lead, training

Do you feel your dog needs fixed?

Many of my clients come to me wanting to change or improve their dog's behaviour and often they believe in some way that their dog needs fixed. It feels like lots of other dogs can walk nicely on their lead, recall well in the park, get on with and play well with other dogs, allow… Continue reading Do you feel your dog needs fixed?

Behaviour, Dogs, help, pulling on the lead, training

Small change, big results

Sometimes when I am  helping dog owners improve their dog's behaviour, I have noticed it's the very smallest of changes that has the biggest results. Today I am going to share  with you one of my favourites. Do you have a dog that pulls on the lead?  or maybe the alternative doggy tactic to get… Continue reading Small change, big results