Is it different where you live?

Have you ever looked at some successful dog trainer and thought, "well, that works for them there, but my area is different?" I hear this all the time. Not just from trainers either. If you think...

Owned dogs all my life

Is owning dogs all your life enough to know how to train them effectively? I’ve had a vagina all my life, but that doesn’t make a gynecologist. But what is it that sets apart someone who has a lot...

We’ve tried EVERYTHING

Have you already tried everything to solve your frustrations with your dog? If so, I am sad to say, you are a rare case and it’s time to give up. I mean, if you’ve already tried everything, what...

Waiting for food

Does your dog sit and wait for his or he food at dinner time? Awesome work! As a person who easily gets hangry, I marvel at how well dogs can wait for food. Because they’re dogs and food is usually...

He’s not a bad dog

You don’t need to feel ashamed if your dog is behaving badly. I think that’s what causes MANY people to say to me, “he’s not a bad dog,” or, “she’s really a sweet natured girl.” Of course the reason...

Dog Matters Blog

Tips, advices and balanced trainings for dog owners.

When your dog won’t come back when called

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, “have you spent time training your dog to come back when called?” Most...

How To Teach Your Dog To Drop Their Toy

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 when told. So if your dog brings the toy back or plays tug happily but...

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

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 reward or as a job to keep them occupied. This article is to help you...

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

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 this really be the case? Apart from her specific situation, I thought...

Can You Trust Your Dog With Chickens?

Can You Trust Your Dog With Chickens?

When I was a kid we lived on 5 acres and to my delight it was somewhat a mini farm. We had horses, chickens, 3 small dogs, pet birds and reptiles. At various times we even did some wildlife caring and had a wallaby joey, a kangaroo joey and a possum named Glenn. Our...

Dog Training Online: Does It Work?

Dog Training Online: Does It Work?

It makes sense that you can learn dog training online - you can learn just about anything online these days! When I wanted to learn guitar, I learned online. It was way more flexible and convenient that travelling to a guitar teacher and cheaper than hiring someone...

How To Stop Nervous Peeing In Puppies Or Dogs

How To Stop Nervous Peeing In Puppies Or Dogs

Have you ever had a nervous wee? No judgement here, it happens. It's probably easier to talk about our dog's doing it though. I recently had a question to the inbox from Ally about her young pup of 14 weeks having this issue. I thought I'd share the tips here since...