Dog Training

Prevent resource guarding video

It is a natural behaviour for dogs to be a bit possessive of their stuff. If they were still living in the wild, they would need to protect their main resource, namely food, in order to survive. Resource guarding can ...

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Teach your dog to lie down video

Now that you and your puppy have mastered the sit, it’s time to teach him how to lie down on your cue. This is a basic exercise, already taught in puppy school, but it can be a bit of a ...

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Why puppy school is crucial

Have you ever wondered what is the rave about puppy schools and why puppies should attend these classes? Behaviourist Samantha Walpole explains why it is important for your puppy. The general socialisation stage for a puppy is between three and ...

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20 safety and etiquette tips for dog walking

Stepping out of your everyday routine and taking the dog for a walk is enjoyable for both the dog and for you. There are beaches and parks in South Africa that allow dogs, so be sure to check for signage ...

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Housetraining done right for your puppy

When you first get your puppy, one of the most pressing things all owners want the puppy to learn is not to toilet in the house. We need to remember that puppies have no concept of inside and outside, and ...

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A to Z on pet care (Part 3 of 3)

Do you have what it takes to be a responsible pet owner? Caring for an animal requires a firm commitment to the animal’s health and welfare throughout his life

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Requirements of an instructor offering puppy classes

What are the minimum requirements of an instructor offering puppy classes? 1. In-depth knowledge of the puppy development calendar and the ‘critical stages’ of canine development. 2. In-depth knowledge of breeds, and their particular characteristics, development, motivation, original purpose and ...

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Training: Are you (unintentionally) hurting your dog?

Some of the tools and equipment used in dog training vary widely due to various opinions and experiences by people who work with dogs. In the past, and unfortunately still today, aversive equipment is used to ‘force’, ‘correct’ or ‘punish’ ...

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