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Covid-19 Coronavirus Policy Updates

Covid-19 Coronavirus Policy October 2020 As it gets colder, and wetter, we’ll be moving some of our classes back indoors, so we’ve made the training barn Covid-Secure. Changes that we’ve made include: 1. A new Sanitation Station at the entrance including alcohol gel, wipes, access to sink, hot water, soap

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Cooper’s Story; Our Choices when our Dogs are Dying

Yesterday we hosted the Developing Older Dogs Seminar, and the reaction to Sally’s talk on your options when facing the final goodbye to your dog, means I thought it might be helpful to share Cooper’s last few days, and the choices we made. If you would also like to share

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Twenty Signs Your Dog is Part of Your Family

Twenty Signs your Dog is Part of the Family. I spent a day last week talking on various radio interviews about this lovely survey from Lintbells, which shows how much we care about our dog’s health and wellbeing and that we see them as one of the family. It takes us

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Mythbusting: The Guilty Look

Do you believe your dog knows they’ve done wrong because of their guilty look? What if you’re misinterpreting their body language and they aren’t guilty at all, merely reflecting your anger in their behaviour? Watch our video on The Guilty Look

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Mythbusting: Dominance in Dogs

Books have been written about dominance in dogs; research papers have been published; whole careers built and fortunes made on promoting the idea of pack leadership and needing to establish dominance over your dog. Here at Developing Dogs we take a different view; one which is supported by more recent

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You Train it Best, When You Train Nothing At All

With apologies to Alison Krauss / Ronan Keating and writers Paul Overstreet and DonSchlitz for paraphrasing  their song lyrics, but this weekend I had first hand experience of training without training. Many of my regular clients have met my lurcher, the lovely and ever-so-handsome Cooper, and many more of you will

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Be a Responsible Dog Walker

Almost exactly a year ago I kicked off this blog, and the business of Developing Dogs, with a post about dog poo, and now I’m at it again with the launch of the Responsible Dog Walker campaign in Ely, Littleport and surrounding villages. Along with the lovely people from Jurassic

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Should you care about science in dog training?

“Dog training is an art, not a science.” How many times have you heard (or read) that statement, usually made by someone who disagrees with the latest research or whose own beliefs interfere with their ability to be objective about differing view points. And that’s fine; dogs, like people, are

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Muzzle Training

Teaching your dog to enjoy wearing his muzzle Whilst you could just put the muzzle on your dog and expect him to deal with wearing it, a few short training sessions can make wearing it a lot more enjoyable and therefore also a lot less stressful for both you and

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Dogs Playing at Home

I’m going to be away for a few days teaching a seminar on Self Control and Frustration Tolerance in Italy, so I thought I’d leave you with this video of Riley and Cooper playing at home. What do you think of their play styles? Do they understand each other fully?

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Let’s talk about poo

I know, I know. Not exactly an appealing topic for a post, but something that has been on my mind for a while. As a (responsible) dog owner I pick up after my dogs, which means I am acutely aware of their body’s rhythm and preferred locations for pooing. After

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Do the best you can

It’s been a busy week here at Developing Dogs and at the back of my mind all week has been what topic to choose for my first official blog post on the new website. I’ve been collecting ideas, half formed thoughts and topics for a long time and had lots

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Welcome to Developing Dogs

Well, it’s taken me a while but finally the website is up and running and this is my first blog post. This also means that we’re approaching opening day, and taking bookings for classes in my new centre near Ely in Cambridgeshire. I am really looking forward to welcoming you,

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