Ranger at the top of the Mont Blanc Tramway With the ability now to easily take your dog on holiday to Europe with you, more and more of us are deciding to do just that. If you are considering it then these pointers may help.   Before going away Speak to your vet several months in advance to ensure your pet will be properly vaccinated in advance. My vet was […]

Categories: Blogs

Why is it so difficult to achieve? One of the most common issues that owners raise with me on a regular basis, is that of reliability outside and off lead. Most people would like the idyllic walks with their dog running off lead, running back to them every time they are called, meaning that everyone is having a great time and walks are an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately this ideal picture […]

Categories: Blogs

Perfect control outside I am always a little surprised when people say this to me. Usually it follows them telling me something is working, going well or the dog has learned something new. Such as : “Yes he comes back on his walks now… but it’s only because of the treats” “She lies down just on the verbal command… but only because she knows she’ll get a treat” “She’s much […]

Categories: Blogs

This article was published in “The Dog Trainer” in 2010. If you have ever lived with a dog who is difficult and challenging read it, it is the story of my beloved Jake, my ‘difficult’ dog and the reason I am a dog trainer. Last year (2009) I lost the most important and special dog I will ever own.  He was at times, also, probably the most difficult dog I […]

Categories: Blogs

I first went to Crufts as a child when it was still held at Earl?s Court. My father worked for the BBC and we got free tickets. I remember sitting around the breed rings vaguely bored and wondering if I?d see myself on TV (I didn?t). I did, however, love interacting with all the different dog breeds. About 15 years ago as a trainee dog trainer I went back to […]

Categories: Blogs

  Do you have a well behaved dog?  How would you assess that? Well I would look at the following areas of training and evaluate which of the following your dog can or cannot do. Most of the General training suggestions are relevant to most domestic dogs although very few are trained to that standard. All dogs require socialisation and this should be ongoing throughout their lives. The last two […]

Categories: Blogs

This article, written by me, was originally published in DOG TRAINER magazine. How many of you have described or perceived your dog as being ‘dominant’. How would you define that? What behaviour is the dog displaying which brings you to that conclusion. This article will hopefully give you a better understanding of where the concept of dominance comes from and the truth about your dog’s behaviour. A while ago, I went […]

Categories: Blogs

It is essential to continue socialising your young adult dog very extensively. Around puberty in dogs which is when their hormones change at around 7 months onwards, dogs go through what is known as a secondary fear stage. This is often displayed as fearful behaviour towards things or sometimes people that they have never reacted to before. The fear may show itself as avoidance behaviour ? i.e. they look scared […]

Categories: Blogs

Pauline and Ranger’s Blog features Ranger the Collie and his owner Pauline Whittaker a Dog Trainer and behaviourist working in Worcestershire I have been working as a dog trainer for about 12 years and am an APDT member (00744) and a COAPE qualified behaviourist. Ranger is a two year old working sheepdog who was rescued as a puppy, he is a wonderful companion, but also competes at agility and CaniX; loves going to […]

Categories: Blogs