puppy school | Puppy training Brisbane

Should you do more than puppy school with your dog?

Most owners know that one of the first things you should do when you decide to get a puppy is to enrol in puppy school. Not only do you get valuable advice and access to safe socialisation, but you get some much-needed support through those tough puppy moments. So why should you go onto further…

Crate training your puppy

How to Crate Training a Puppy | How to pick the right crate

New puppies are the best! They smell so fun and funky-good. Puppies have boundless amounts of energy. They are soft and cuddly and playful. But they need training, in everything. They need to learn how to calm themselves. Puppies need to understand where it’s appropriate (and not) to go to the bathroom. They need to…

How To Teach A Dog To Stay | Building A Positive Bond With Your Dog

How To Teach A Dog To Stay | Building A Positive Bond With Your Dog

Having your dog stay on command is an important skill that your dog should know.   “Stay” tells your dog to remain in a “sit” or “hold” position until you release them. Teaching your dog to stay is an excellent self-control exercise.  It also has practical uses and will keep your dog safe.  For example, teaching…

Positive Reinforcement in Dog Training | Fur Get Me Not

Does Your Dog Trainer Use Positive Dog Training Methods?

The Australian Veterinary Association recommends positive dog training methods as the preferred method of training dogs. Dog training is about developing good behaviours and building a strong relationship with your dog. In this article, we take a look at positive reinforcement training in detail.  Then we discuss why it’s the preferred dog training method.  Finally,…

3 Awesome Dog Tricks to Teach Your Dog | Dog Training Brisbane

Does your dog know these three Dog Tricks? | Dog Training Brisbane

Dog tricks are a great way to provide mental stimulation for your dog.   Boredom can cause destructive behaviours like chewing, digging and barking. We recommend all dogs be trained in the basic commands – sit, drop, come, stay and “leave it”.   Most dog tricks build on the basic dog training commands. Positive reinforcement training Positive…

Reactive Dogs and Walking| Why It’s A Bad Idea And What To Do Instead

Is walking a reactive dog in their best interest?

Reactive dogs bark, snap, lunge or growl when pushed beyond their threshold.  By “threshold”, we mean what your dog can comfortably handle. Most dogs when they react like this, they’re asking for space.  A reactive dog is saying, in their own way, “please give me some space” or “I’m uncomfortable, please stay away”. For some…

Biting and Mouthing | How To Stop Your Puppy Biting

Biting and Mouthing | How To Stop Your Puppy Biting

Biting and mouthing by puppies are common and normal behaviours.  Like babies, puppies use their mouths to explore the world.  Everything goes in your puppy’s mouth including human hands, feet, fingers and toes. Puppies are also used to rough-and-tumble play with their brothers and sisters with lots of biting and mouthing.  A puppy’s bite will…

Puppy’s First Night | How To Prepare, What To Expect

Puppy’s First Night | How To Prepare

The time has come; it’s your puppy’s first night at home.  Bringing your puppy home is very exciting time.  But it’s important to prepare for your puppy’s first night at home. Start by remembering that everything’s new to your puppy.  Everything will be a first for them.  They don’t know your home.  They will be…

New Puppy Checklist | 7 Things To Do Before Your Puppy Comes Home

Congratulations on getting a new puppy! Introducing a new puppy to your home is very exciting.  But before you bring them home, make sure you follow the new puppy checklist. Stock up on essentials We know, it’s easy to splurge on your new puppy.  Here’s a list of essential supplies you will need before you…