When your dog won’t come back when called

A really common problem I get asked about regularly is, “my dog runs off and won’t come back when called,” or “my dog only comes back when he feels like it.” My question back to the owner would be,...

How To Teach Your Dog To Drop Their Toy

Playing with our dogs is fun, or it should be, but it’s hard to keep the game going if the dog won’t give up their prize! Whether you’re playing fetch or tug, your dog should know to drop the item...

The Psychology Behind Solving Any Dog Behaviour Problem Ever

Solving unwanted behaviours in dogs is a complex job involving problem solving for each individual case, careful timing and consistency. There’s science behind what I do but there’s also an art to...

How To Get The Most Out of Your Dog’s Meals

Every time we interact with our dogs they are learning from us – for better or worse. And every time we provide them with a resource such as their daily meals, we have an opportunity to use it as a...

Treating Dogs As Furry Humans – What’s The Harm?

I recently had a question sent in from a subscriber who had been told by another trainer that she humanised her dogs too much and it was causing issues with jealousy and fighting. She asked, could...

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Work Your Dog’s Brain! Fun Mind Games For Your Dog

The Importance Of Mental Stimulation For Pets These days, everyone is busy. This means that many dogs spend a lot of time at home in the house or yard with not a lot to do. Yet at the same time, our dogs have often been bred to work and use their amazing brains to do...

Resource Guarding In Dogs

Resource guarding in dogs - When your dog shows aggression over food or other possessions… Resource guarding in dogs is a very common behaviour. Why does it happen? Resource guarding is a natural trait for survival in the wild – if you don’t protect your food, someone...

Visiting Soi Dog

If you've never heard of the Soi Dog Foundation, prepare to be amazed. Several years ago I saw a documentary about this organisation and the great work they do, and I knew that if I were ever near them, I would have to visit. Well, Jamie and I just had a trip to...

What Emu Training Taught Me About Dogs, and Life

Emus are different to dogs. Dogs are different to each other, all individuals. Yet there are so many things between all creatures that are the same. So in some ways, we can learn a lesson for our dogs from a totally different species. And not just for dog training,...

Marker Training Explained

Hey, it's Tenille here from Dog Matters, and over the next couple of weeks I thought we could do some fun stuff and teach you how to teach your dog some tricks. Now there are benefits to tricks that we'll get into later, like improving your bond and improving the way...