Dog-Training4u Blog

It’s so important to watch your dog’s weight!

Feeding your dog a healthy nutritional diet is so important. When I ask clients about their dog’s weight and what they feed them, I’m amazed. A lot of the supermarket mass marketed food is crap! It lacks nutritional value, is bulked out with maize and wheat and the meat content is a bare minimum of meal. The fat that is separated becomes ‘animal fat’ and that goes into pet food. The remaining dried protein solids become ‘meal’ or meat ‘by-product meal’ for addition to pet food. According to European law, ‘meat and animal derivatives’ is defined as “All the fleshy parts of slaughtered warm-blooded land animals, fresh or preserved by appropriate treatment, and all products and derivatives of the processing of the carcass or parts of the carcass of warm-blooded land animals.” Would you eat this?

Not only is the quality of food importantly but the quantity is to. When you read the recommend daily feeding quantities on the packet you need to think about many factors. It is only a recommendation, some dogs gain weight easily like humans, we may also exercise our dogs more so they need more. The easiest way to work out your dog’s feeding requirements is to watch your dog’s weight. Don’t feed poor quality food and certainly don’t over feed.

Think, would we buy poor grade food for other members of our family? My dogs are fed on Bob and Lush, which is full of fresh meat and vegetables with no wheat or dairy. I’ve never had a dog that doesn’t thrive on it and it’s also suitable for dog’s with allergies. With my discount code you can get 50% off your first order, so why not give it a try and see the difference it makes to the weight, health and wellbeing of your dog.


Puppy Dog Training with Remus the German Shepherd

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Meet 12 week old Remus the German Shepherd who is one lively young dog. Having never owned a German Shepherd before, his owners wanted to start off on the right foot, especially as they also have Pugs.

During our first lesson we worked on basic commands and also discussed Remus and the Pugs behaviour in the home. As with many small dogs they’ve become handbag dogs, allowed on furniture and generally cuddled and carried. I explained in order to achieve a happy balance between all three dogs a level playing field would have to be applied, with dog behavioural training applied across the board, so no more furniture and all four paws need to remain on the ground. Remus is a powerful breed and if he wanted to challenge for pack position he could hurt the Pugs.

Since our lesson I received a call at the weekend from Joanne who’d be left home alone for the weekend whilst Dad and son went off on their jollies. It seems Remus is already trying to overpower the Pugs so changes have been made further to help Remus understand that the adults are the pack leaders and he’s not allowed to challenge for position.

I always find it interesting that owners will allow small dogs to be on furniture and become dominant, but asked if they owned the German Shepherd first would it have been allowed the same privileges, the answer I always get is no!

Puppy training with a Cavapoochon

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Meet Teddy the 12 week old Cavapoochon. Steph his owner spent a lot of time researching to find a breed she wouldn’t react to as she’s allergic to dog hair.

Being a small dog, instinctively Steph started to mollycoddle him by allowing him on her bed, on furniture, picking him up all the time and generally allowing him to do as he pleased. Unfortunately, allowing Teddy to be in charge created many behavioural problems, one of which Steph experienced during our first lesson when Teddy tried to bite her when she said no to him.

Whilst Teddy is a small dog, he’s no different to a large dog, they both have teeth and bark. Cavapoochon puppy training is just as essential as with any other breed. When I asked, “would you allow Teddy to behave the way he does if he was a German Shepherd?” of course Steph replied “no”. Asked why, Steph replied with “that’s a big dog” but all dogs are pack animals with an instinct to dominate if their place is not made clear.

Since our first puppy training lesson, Steph has implemented the changes I suggest, the most important is the use of a crate and seen a significant change in his behaviour. Moving forward with a structured training programme to follow and working together, we will have an obedient and well mannered dog.

Residential Dog Training an Old English Sheepdog

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Oscar is certainly a character and we have quite a history. Having previously trained Oscar with his original owners it was great to receive a call from his new owners to help with his behaviour.

Over a period of time we’ve trained on 1-2-1 lessons so when they booked to go away they decided to place Oscar in for residential dog training, which would allow me to continue with his training and work on his slight reactiveness to dogs. Oscar’s half way through his training programme and progressing well.


Residential Dog Training Rocco the 6 Month Cocker Spaniel

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6 month old Rocco is a lively young Cocker Spaniel that has been allowed to rule the roost. Over loving and a lack of boundaries have created a disobedient dog that if not trained would have spiralled out of control.

Claire decided that an intense residential dog training programme was needed. The primary requirement of Rocco’s training was to instil calmness, structure, boundaries and basic commands.

Today’s handover was a success, allowing me to demonstrate how well behaved Rocco can be, one problem was excessive pulling on the lead, which Claire could see was no longer a problem. In fact he sat calmly at my side without pulling or jumping at Claire despite his desire to say hello after his time away.

Dog training lesson with Bella the German Shepherd

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6 month old Bella is the new addition to Tony’s family. Having recently lost one of his German Shepherd’s, he felt his 10 year dog needed some company. So appeared Bella, a very lively and boisterous young girl.

Bella is certainly different from his previous Shepherd’s. She’s more reactive to situations and sometimes aggressive towards other dogs. Her basic commands are lacking and throughout the initial assessment, Bella was dictating and clearly dominant towards Tony.

After their first lesson, Tony went away feeling positive about their German Shepherd puppy training with a clear direction of where they need to be and now much work is involved with this young girl.

German Shepherds are possibly one of my favourite breeds, they offer so much character and drive to please. Before you decide to purchase a dog like this, why not call me and chat through the positives and negatives of owning this breed.

Residential Dog Training a 6 month old German Shepherd

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Bella is an amazing specimen of the German Shepherd breed. Full of character, drive and a pure desire to work and please her trainer/owner.

Bella is owned by a client who a few years ago had an accident that left him wheelchair bound. Despite his limitations he’d always wanted to own a German Shepherd. Unfortunately he decided to buy on impulse which resulted in the lively Bella. Living at home his mother wasn’t best pleased so it was important Bella was trained to behave.

Bella is nearing the end of her residential dog training programme and her progression is great. Whilst we still have to realise she’s a young dog it’s important that a solid foundation is instilled into her to allow us to build on her training.

Boxer Puppy Training

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16 week old Lexi attended her first lesson today. Having previously owned a Boxer that was reactive towards dogs, her owners want to ensure she’s trained to the best of their ability. Despite the snow and cold, Lexi was a star in her first Boxer puppy training and responded well to commands. I just need to train her owner now.

Testimonial – Dog Training Jasper the Labrador

Jasper the Labrador was aggressive towards other dogs and doesn’t walk well on the lead. He’s a big dog and his owner, Sally, asked me for help as she was was worried he’d pull her elderly mother over, who helps with walking him during the working week.

We have had three lessons since December and the progress they have made is immense, which is reflected in the testimonal below.


I just wanted to thank you for the sessions with Jasper. Whilst I still have work to do with him (and myself) I am beginning to see a real difference in him, for the better. Walking him is much more enjoyable on the lead. I actually feel proud as he walks at my side! Today we practiced off lead heel work and he was ace! Result.

Another very happy customer.


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Residential Dog Training with Frankie the Cocker Spaniel

Frankie’s owners decided that it was time for some intensive training so contacted me to discuss residential dog training. Frankie is 12 months old and has become a huge problem for his owners. Owning a B&B, their daily life is busy and leaving Frankie whilst they attend to their guests was becoming difficult as he’s noisy and defiant with his behaviour. He pulled on the lead, had no recall, has been allowed on the furniture/bed and overall he was ruling the roost. They realised most of it was their own fault as training has been inconsistent or non-existant.

Over the duration of Frankie’s residence, I’ve worked on a philosophy of calmness leads to reward, creating a new structured training programme almost resetting his behaviour and starting again. When Jackie collected Frankie they were amazed at his calmness and willingness to listen and please. The following day Jackie sent me a picture of Frankie settled, calm and quite in his crate, something they’d not experienced. Over the following days, Frankie proved to his owners that he can be the dog they want and more importantly enjoy owning.

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