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15/09/2021

BUSTER COLLARS

At some point your dog will probably need to wear a buster or cone collar. Creating a positive association with it is best before the need arises. As you can see Chester isn’t sure about it yet. It needs more training but if he absolutely hated it, he wouldn’t take food so we are getting there. Once he’s more comfortable wearing it, I’ll add movement because, at the moment, he’s a statue with it on 🙈

15/09/2021

LOOISE LEAD WALKING

Here’s mum Kate, practicing a loose lead walking drill with puppy Dave. What an awesome little man.

Training loose lead walking in the house or garden is key. Progress to quiet areas outside and then to real walks. This way, the distraction levels increase gradually.

14/09/2021

TREATS FROM YOUR FRIDGE FOR SENSITIVE DOGS!

What’s the best training treats for dogs with GI issues, including diarrhea, colitis, ulcers and sensitive stomachs? Unripe, or green bananas!🍌

Green bananas🍌 are the unsung heroes of gut health; they are low in sugar and high in pectin and prebiotics (non-digestible, resistant starch) which are powerful food tools to nourish your dog’s good gut bacteria💥🦠, increasing the production of butyrate and other short-chain fatty acids. Research also shows the resistant starch in green bananas can have a positive effect on blood sugar control.

The anti-ulcer activity of green bananas has been attributed to a flavonoid, leucocyanidin, which may also inhibit the release of histamine in the gut. Resistant starch also contributes to the prevention of intestinal diseases, increases the synthesis of B-complex vitamins and mineral absorption, improves the immune response, and may aid in the prevention of the development of intestinal cancer, according to researchers.

Quartering green banana slices🍌 provides the perfect training treat for dogs with sensitive GI tracts. Suggested amounts, chopped into bite sized pieces:
Giant breeds: 1 green banana a day
Medium to large breeds: ½ green banana a day
Small breeds: ¼ green banana a day

One fact all of the microbiologists agreed on, when we wrote The Forever Dog book, was that the more fresh food fibers added to your dog’s bowl, the healthier your dog will be. Green bananas are a simple, easy way to build gut health! 🐾

Longevity researchers are clear: a diverse microbiome is critical for maximal health span, the longest-lived mammals have a microbially-diverse gut, created by consuming a variety of gut-building foods. If you want to learn more about certain longevity foods and treats from your fridge that should be rotated into your dog’s diet plan and how much to feed to strengthen your dog’s immune system, our new book called The Forever Dog is packed with surprising new science that will help your dog live healthier, happier, and longer. The book is set to hit book stores, worldwide, in 3 weeks! You can reserve your copy here: https://foreverdog.com/dog-longevity-health-and-nutrition-book/

13/09/2021

❤️❤️❤️

Happy International Dogs Day! My freshly groomed boy 😍
26/08/2021

Happy International Dogs Day! My freshly groomed boy 😍

Happy International Dogs Day! My freshly groomed boy 😍

20/08/2021

At 10 months old and already 47kg 🙈 the gorgeous George has passed his Advanced Puppy course today along with mum Cara. The video shows Cavaletti, which helps dogs with body awareness, confidence and dog-owner relationship. We finished with a lovely MIDDLE, although Cara now needs platform shoes to be high enough for George! 😃

What a lovely surprise from Martha’s mum Caroline. A lovely thank you gift for training Martha. A gorgeous reversible ba...
16/08/2021

What a lovely surprise from Martha’s mum Caroline. A lovely thank you gift for training Martha. A gorgeous reversible bandanna from Fluffy Paws Boutique and personalised mug. We love them 😍

06/08/2021

BALANCE PATHS

Second pup, 7 month old Olive, walking her balance path to build CONFIDENCE, OPTIMISM and BODY AWARENESS. Brilliant hour with a few of Kate Preistly’s boarding guests at Paws First

06/08/2021

BALANCE PATHS

Here is little Dave, a 10 week old WCS walking a balance path with different surfaces, textures and levels. All low level to make it puppy appropriate. Dave absolutely rocked it!

SOCIALISATION and WELLNESSOn average, a dog reaches adulthood at 2 years of age. Some earlier, some much later. To think...
03/08/2021

SOCIALISATION and WELLNESS

On average, a dog reaches adulthood at 2 years of age. Some earlier, some much later. To think that we have to CRAM in as much socialisation as possible within a few weeks of puppyhood is ridiculous and doing our dogs a HUGE disservice. Over socialisation can flood the nervous system which stresses and causes a breakdown in the natural functioning of the nervous system. SLOWLY socialise your puppy or adult dog. Expose them GRADUALLY to new stimuli. Move on when they are ready and not before. This builds resilience and supports our dogs wellness by managing their stressors. You’ve got your dogs WHOLE LIFE to socialise them to different people, different animals, different weather, places, sounds etc. Quality over quantity.

SOCIALISATION and WELLNESS

On average, a dog reaches adulthood at 2 years of age. Some earlier, some much later. To think that we have to CRAM in as much socialisation as possible within a few weeks of puppyhood is ridiculous and doing our dogs a HUGE disservice. Over socialisation can flood the nervous system which stresses and causes a breakdown in the natural functioning of the nervous system. SLOWLY socialise your puppy or adult dog. Expose them GRADUALLY to new stimuli. Move on when they are ready and not before. This builds resilience and supports our dogs wellness by managing their stressors. You’ve got your dogs WHOLE LIFE to socialise them to different people, different animals, different weather, places, sounds etc. Quality over quantity.

03/08/2021

Little Martha and mum Caroline smashed it on their session today. Putting lots of things we have trained into practice in a very distracting area, with other dogs, building work, men in high viz jackets and me, I’m a distraction! 😃 brilliant session and Martha got to meet Chester at the end as a birthday treat for my boy 😍

31/07/2021

The beginnings of loose lead walk training with little Gino.

- Aim to add a little tension to the lead, wait for him to come to me and reward.
- Toss a piece of food out to create tension on the lead and reward when lead goes loose.
- Mark and reward any REAL LIFE distractions such as passing vehicles, people or dogs in order to counter condition and build OPTIMISM.

Thunder and lightning ⛈ ⚡️ going on right now. I’m lucky I got Chester from a breeder who desensitised her pups to noise...
28/07/2021

Thunder and lightning ⛈ ⚡️ going on right now. I’m lucky I got Chester from a breeder who desensitised her pups to noises such as thunder and fireworks. Please, please, if you have pups then please use desensitisation sounds such as this one. Play with a very low volume and increase volume gradually day by day. Play it in the background as you play games too.

Couldn’t agree with this article more. I was told to use a slip lead with Chester by a dog trainer. I was assured that i...
28/07/2021

Couldn’t agree with this article more. I was told to use a slip lead with Chester by a dog trainer. I was assured that it wouldn’t hurt him or cause any damage. I now know better! He hated it and ran away from me when I picked it up. He would paw at his nose to get it off. We persevered for 3 months and it never got any better because it was very uncomfortable for him. It was damaging our relationship on walks so, after my very first dog training course with the IMDT, I realised how damaging the slip lead could be, cried a lot, then went home and threw the slip lead in the Bin! He still pulled initially which showed that the slip lead had done nothing to train Chester to walk better. It was just a punishment if he pulled, paying out of our relationship bank account every time.

We then worked on positive training and value in being close to me. Chester now walks beautifully on a normal lead.

Trainers offer it as a quick fix. It fixes pulling by cutting off your dogs oxygen supply. It’s NOT a long term fix for pulling on lead and it’s certainly not KIND to your dog.

27/07/2021
TO NEUTER OR NOT?

I am often asked “Should I neuter my dog?” My answer is that it’s a personal decision but encourage that people make an INFORMED CHOICE. So, here’s yet another resource to help people understand the pros and cons of neutering both male and female dogs. Please note that studies show that neutering for behavioural reasons rarely improves behaviour and sometimes makes it worse.

Show me your COOL doggy pictures 😍
21/07/2021

Show me your COOL doggy pictures 😍

To crate or not to crate?Most dogs love a DEN in the shade or away from the comings and goings of household life. I trie...
21/07/2021

To crate or not to crate?

Most dogs love a DEN in the shade or away from the comings and goings of household life. I tried to use a crate when I first got Chester but didn’t know what I was doing, he had separation issues and I made a real mess of it. How things have turned around.

He ♥️ the crate in my studio and can tolerate the comings and going’s really well. He often chooses spots like this in the garden shade.

Lots of people think it’s cruel to crate or ‘cage’ a dog. If trained properly it can be a place of CALM and SECURITY.

Not ALL dogs can tolerate being confined if they have separation struggles so a different approach is needed.

Training a crate is much easier with a puppy and crate training games will massively help an adult dog settle if done correctly and consistently.

16/07/2021

NEW GAME - Russian Dolls
Building a Tolerance to Frustration, Grit, Optimism and Confidence. Give it a go!

The problem with GRASS SEEDS I’m seeing lots of health issues in my local networks caused by grass seeds. Be vigilant an...
16/07/2021
Grass Seeds and Dogs | Blue Cross

The problem with GRASS SEEDS
I’m seeing lots of health issues in my local networks caused by grass seeds. Be vigilant and check your dogs paws, nose, eyes, ears ect, as they can be pesky little monkeys and cause all sorts of problems.

Grass seeds are a common problem among dogs during the summer months. They easily get into a dog's fur and can pierce through the skin. Read our advice on protecting your dog from grass seeds.

Still working on different environments. Playing 2 paws up on our woodland walk. Then we got home and he decided to cont...
15/07/2021

Still working on different environments. Playing 2 paws up on our woodland walk. Then we got home and he decided to continue practicing 😂🙈

11/07/2021
Ongoing learning and CPD

I spent this weekend at Devon Dogs, the home of Absolute Dogs on a two day training course for Pro Dog Trainers. This was my first time working with a Working Cocker Spaniel Puppy! On steroids is a good description 😂😂

She just doesn’t want to keep still as you can see.

I’m teaching her 2 Paws up and I’ve managed to get some stillness duration towards the end. Lesson to self on the lead issue 😂🐾 loved it and my brain is blown with even more new learning.

11/07/2021

GIVE INTO LEASH PRESSURE

This is a key game to play for dogs or puppy’s who PULL ON LEAD or LUNGE towards distractions. Play at home first and then take it on the road in different environments.

Today, I am at the famous Devon Dogs, home of Absolute Dogs, topping up my dog training and handling skills. Having a ve...
09/07/2021

Today, I am at the famous Devon Dogs, home of Absolute Dogs, topping up my dog training and handling skills. Having a very indulgent and dog geeky time!

Today, I am at the famous Devon Dogs, home of Absolute Dogs, topping up my dog training and handling skills. Having a very indulgent and dog geeky time!

08/07/2021

THE CONE GAME

One day, your dog may have to wear a muzzle. For travel abroad, for vet visits, for scavenging reasons, destructive or aggressive reasons or for acute pain from a dreaded accident so that they can be treated. Desensitisation is crucial and it’s my belief that ALL dogs should be desensitised to a muzzle for these reasons. This is a FUN way to desensitise your dog to a muzzle!

07/07/2021

It’s very clear that Harry’s mum and dad have been working hard on recall. Look at this little superstar! 👌🤩

Advanced Puppy Class this morning. Distractions were rain, me, other dog and general smells of the field. Otis and Georg...
25/06/2021

Advanced Puppy Class this morning. Distractions were rain, me, other dog and general smells of the field. Otis and George did great with an intro to Cavaletti, scent work, focus and recall games. Fab session today 😁👍

Group challenge - Environment 2Today, we had a quick visit to a local retail park with some building work going on. We d...
22/06/2021

Group challenge - Environment 2

Today, we had a quick visit to a local retail park with some building work going on. We decided to use environmental paw targets. There were lots of cars and people around. No dogs tho and very little ‘pee mails!’ Boy did good 😌

21/06/2021
2 paws on

Group Challenge Environment 1
Local industrial estate teaching 2 paws 🐾 on

20/06/2021

GROUP CHALLENGE - Who’s up for it?

Choose a behaviour your dog can already do consistently (sit, down, 2 paws on etc.) and go and teach it to them in FIVE NEW locations this week. Im thinking:

- Industrial estate
- Retail park
- Pub car park
- The beach
- The park
- The woods etc..

Each location provides a varying degree of distraction. Post your videos or photos on the page. I’m going with 2 Paws on and I’ll post our videos/photos too. Come on, who’s up for the challenge? WHY? It’ll build engagement and confidence in new locations for your dog.

19/06/2021

Teaching 2 Paws On 🐾

This is a great trick to get attention back on you, on walks!

Start with a bigger, flatter target and then reduce to a smaller, higher target. Sit BEHIND the target to encourage them to move towards the target and mark (yes) each time the paws touch the target. Only add the cue when you are consistently getting the behaviour you want. Now have fun and vary the target.

Action shots from today’s Advanced puppy class. Well done to George and Otis! 👏
18/06/2021

Action shots from today’s Advanced puppy class. Well done to George and Otis! 👏

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