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Can We Over Love Our Dogs?

ResidentiL Dog Training Miniature Schnauzer

Every day I receive new enquiries from owners with dogs that suffer from fear, aggression, separation anxiety and disobedience to name just a few of the behavioural problems they’re experiencing. The question we have to ask ourselves is who is to blame for this, can we over love our dogs? Many of us try to humanise our dogs and thus create dogs that lack structure, hierarchy and a true understanding of how they should be within the pack.

Why do we over love our dogs? It’s because we think that cuddling, loving and allowing our dogs to do what they want is something that will keep them happy. Wrong! In fact dogs thrive on being given structure, boundaries, limitations and an understanding of being a follower not a leader.

A classic example of this behaviour is with Willa, a Miniature Schnauzer that is presently residing with me for training. Stella her owner definitely over loves her and worries about everything, overthinking the simplest of things. Prior to arriving at my kennels, Stella was worrying how Willa would cope as she’s never stayed away. When she arrived to drop Willa off, Stella’s body language and thoughts were making Willa fearful of the situation and new surrounding. This meant initially even though Willa knew me from 1-2-1 lessons, she wasn’t compliant with walking away to heel. The moment I turned the corner it was like I’d flicked a switch. Willa was prancing to heel, happy and content. All her worries and anxieties had disappeared.

Stella had also been struggling to feed Willa, she’d spent time and effort trying to find a food that Willa wouldn’t just eat for one or two days and then leave. This was another concern as to whether she would eat in residential training. The food Stella had sent her with wasn’t that great and full of gravy flavour enhancements. It wasn’t that Stella was scrimping, it was that she thought Willa would only eat that. As dog nutrition is very important to me, I decided not to feed the gravy enhanced food she came with but to feed my Bob and Lush food instead. We are now on day six of her residential stay and every meal time, Willa has eaten with eagerness and thoroughly enjoyed the food, also her toilets are regular and firm.

Most of Willa’s anxieties emanate from her owner. The answer to the question can we over love our dogs is yes. If we as humans give less affection and focus on owning a dog, we’d have far happier dogs.


Denial !

Why call a professional if you’re not prepared to listen?

This is a question I ask myself everyday. If you’ve taken time to research and email/call a professional trainer, then it’s indicates you have a problem that needs resolving. You may have read books, trawled the internet for advise but still you’ve found no practical solution. Then why, when you’re told you’ll need to change the way you are with your dog does it feel like I’ve said I’m from another planet. People find it hard to understand that the whole reason we have a naughty, disobedient dog is because of us as owners. We are the ones that guide our dogs through puppyhood adding all that information to their databases. So it’s common sense that to correct a problem we need to address the problem which is us.

There are many examples I could discuss but one example recently was a lady who enquired with a 10 month spaniel that was running off towards dogs and being aggressive, which had led to a situation. After a good long conversation about the lack of pack structure, recall and basic commands it was concluded that a lesson was needed. Before booking an appointment I explained that in order to retrain your dog you will need to stop allowing him off the lead until we’ve established a new bond and command structure. It was at this point the question was asked, “how long will I have to do that for?”. “How long is a piece of string?” I replied. The whole urgency to correct the problem was overshadowed by the selfish thought of, “we have a busy life and don’t have the time to walk him on the lead”. My response is why have a dog if you aren’t prepared to correct a problem you’ve created. Yes keeping your dog on the lead isn’t fair, but allowing him off everyday is only re-enforcing negative training.

Professional training are their to help not hinder, so if you’ve taken the time to call me then please allow me some professional courtesy. A client once wrote a testimonial that included the following, “if you want to see a trainer that tells you what you want to hear then don’t call Damian, if you want to see a trainer that will tell you what you need to hear then call and visit Damian as he will help you”. I’m not saying I’m the gospel to all answers but with years of experienced and a full knowledge bank I’m certain I can.

Why not call and have a chat. A very wise person once said to me “you have two ears and one mouth, use them and listen”

Residential Gundog Training with Owl the Cocker Spaniel

Owl is a young Cocker Spaniel I’ve been training on 1-2-1 Gundog lessons. Her owner Patrick is keen to train her as a working dog especially as she’s bred from Archie his male Cocker Spaniel.

Patrick’s made many mistakes with Archie’s training so when I initially met Patrick and his 2 dogs, my main aim was to ensure Owl was trained instilling good foundation. Archie’s previous trainer was a little harsh with his techniques and created a lot of negative thoughts and processes to their training.

Whilst in residence Owl has been a joy to train. She’s certainly a pocket rocket but with time she’ll grow into a dog that with be a great asset on any shoot.

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Residential Dog Training with Binxs and Bertie the Hungarian Vizsla’s.

Binxs and Bertie have attended 1-2-1 dog training lessons and a course of dog obedience training classes where they’ve needed to be taught some basic manners. 2 year old Binxs was Lisa’s first dog, recently adding 7 month old Bertie to the pack. Owning one dog was challenging but then adding Bertie to the pack made the process harder.  One thing as owners we need to remember before we buy an additional dog is whether the first is trained. Now whilst Binxs isn’t a truly bad dog she’s still requires more training, unfortunately that meant Bertie was learning bad habits.  Bertie is certainly a challenge, but he’s characteristic too, someone thing I like in my dogs as it makes them easier to train.

Whilst Binxs and Bertie have been in for residential dog training I’ve been teaching them how to behave around my dogs, walk to heel as a pack and basic obedience which means they are becoming happier and obedient dogs that the family can enjoy.  Lisa mentioned that Binxs can be a little aggressive towards dogs when on the lead, this is something I’ve not experienced so it’ll be an area I work on further with Lisa.

If you’re looking for residential training then feel free to call and have a chat.

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Bob and Lush Dog Food Testimonials – Official Sponsors

It’s great to have Bob and Lush as our official food sponsors and after a small marketing camoaign announcing the sponsorship we received a few testimonials about the food and how the dogs are on it.

Hi Damian

Thanks for the email.  We switched our cockapoo Millie on to Bob & Lush about 2 months ago after reading about it on your web site.  She has a mix of kibble & wet – loves it (much better than the Eukanuba which she picked at and never got excited about).  Good to know it’s 100% natural too, she seems to be thriving on it.  The service from this company is superb too!
Hope you are well.
Kind regards………..Jayne & Stuart

Lip smacking good food and he’s been on it 2 1/2 years!
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New Sponsorship – Bob and Lush official dog food suppliers to Gundog Training 4

New Sponsorship  – Bob and Lush official dog food suppliers to Gundog Training 4U

Over the years, I have worked with selected companies that, because of their outstanding product or service, I have recommended to my clients. Of course, I would only associate Gundog Training 4U with a brand I can fully endorse and I am delighted to announce a new sponsorship deal with Bob and Lush. I have been feeding this premium dog food to my gundogs for the last three years with fantastic results.

I first came across Bob and Lush when I was looking for a wheat free food for one of my dogs. This premium brand with 100% natural ingredients is crammed full of fresh meat and vegetables with no wheat or dairy, perfect for every dog, including those with allergies. Developed by dog owners and manufactured in the UK, the Bob and Lush range includes food for puppies and adult dogs, with kibble plus wet food pouches to add taste and variety.

Bob and Lush’s sponsorship of Gundog Training 4U brings a direct benefit to my clients. With my discount code your can get a huge 50% off your first order, just enter DOGTRAINING4UAUTO at the checkout. With a free treat pack and free next day delivery, the online service couldn’t be easier to use. If you choose to use their automated order facility so you never run short on dog food, Bob and Lush will send you a free dog bed with your second order. I have been really impressed with both the dog food and the service I’ve received from Bob and Lush– it’s well worth a try.

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